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PHIL SHOENFELT & SOUTHERN CROSS

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"Paranoia.com" is much more in a hard rock direction than anything we've done previously. I'd say that bands like The Stooges, Joy Division and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club were an influence, as well as my old NYC band Khmer Rouge. But I also think that the manic anger and paranoic energy I felt while undergoing the Interferon treatment for Hepatitis C last year had a big effect too. Especially on tracks like "Stupid Rock Star" (obviously about Bono and Geldof etc), and "Tired Of Loving You". "Forgiven" is about Bruno Adams, and "Shrine" is for us all. "Paranoia.com" (the song) is written through the eyes of a Timothy McVeigh type of character, a potential terrorist or serial killer living on the fringes of society. Someone who feels compelled "to do something about the situation", to take on the corruption and lies he hears in the media and from politicians' mouths. The album starts off fiery and angry and ends on a more melancholic note with "Shrine", which is a kind of epitaph for this slow apocalypse the world now seems to be going through. In some ways I've taken up the lyrical themes I explored with Khmer Rouge back in the 80s, themes I'd describe as "psycho-political". I'm really happy with the overall sound of the CD, it's very layered and textured, with multiple guitar tracks and half submerged melodies. I think it's a very spacey sound, kind of trippy at the same time as it's grungy and metallic. (Phil Shoenfelt)


PARANOIA.COM

I took a drive by the side of the ocean
I took a ride to the end of the line
I was looking for the celebration
I left the streets and the city behind
I climbed to the top of the mountain
I crawled through the Valley Of Death
Looking for the keys to the Promised Land
I haven’t found them yet
No, I haven’t found them yet

Propaganda, lies and corruption
The world is spinning out of control
All the people gonna need protection
When the walls of the citadel fall
Idiots and criminals rule my life
I see them on the TV
Selling that snake oil, they don’t give a damn
I’ve been sold down the river to the sea
I’ve been sold down the river to the sea

Is it false or is it true
No one here knows what to do
It’s just a dirty compromise
I can’t escape this web of lies
TV images, cheap sensation
It’s just emotional masturbation
The world is slipping sideways
And I’ve got this sinking feeling in my heart

Now I’m standing at the edge of the future
Where the present and the past collide
The train is rolling out of the station
I’d better get aboard while I can ride
Paranoia dot com feeds my fear
With visions of mayhem and death
Agents of happiness feed my need
Everything’s cool, I guess
And I feel like I’ve been blessed


SHRINE

A child goes down to the ocean
Throws his arms around the sky
He sees how the stars are turning
He laughs then begins to cry
And the moon is blessed
She rises in the west
In his heart he feels uncertain
His dreams are pinned like the wings of a butterfly
And he hides behind the curtain

And the sins and the lies of the fathers
Shall rain down on the heads of their sons
And the dreams of the daughters and the mothers
Shall turn to dust in their hands
And all of this will surely come to pass
And nothing in this world will stay the same
Just the wind and the dust and the ashes of a dream
No winner at the end of the game

And the child screams, “I see nothing
There’s darkness at the heart of the sun”
And he calls to the souls of the children
Who lived and died by the gun
“Graves and lies and crooked alibis
Pay heed to the words that were spoken
Cast out your hate, touch me with your love
Don’t let yourselves be broken”

And I see your face in my dreams sometimes
Like a vision I had so long ago
In the chamber where the books and the keys were laid
Buried so far below
And all of this will surely come to pass
And nothing in this world will stay the same
Just the wind and the dust and the ashes of a dream
No winner at the end of the game


(c) Phil Shoenfelt


(c) Phil Shoenfelt

 

05.11.2010
Magdalena - Phil Shoenfelt & Katerina Pinosová German label Moloko + released a 20-page booklet called "Magdalena", a selection of poems written by Phil Shoenfelt & Katerina Pinosová

"The following poems are taken from MAGDALENA, a collaborative work in progress by Phil Shoenfelt and Katerina Pirosová. The book is a poetic-erotic meditation on the dark, obsessive side of sexuality, and on the magical-erotic nature of Prague itself. It takes the form of a series of poems, letters, short stories and incantations passed back and forth between two imaginary lovers."

The booklet is available via mailorder only at Moloko +.
Please contact ralf.friel@freenet.de

 

27.10.2010 Photomusic.cz uploaded some great shots from the CD Release Party in Brno, 20th of October 2010:

http://www.photomusic.cz/report/343-phil-shoenfelt--southern-cros.html

 

14.08.2010
Phil Shoenfelt & Southern Cross - Open Up & Bleed Phil Shoenfelt & Southern Cross recorded a cover version of The Stooges' song "Open Up & Bleed".
The first download-only single (two versions of "Open Up & Bleed") from the forthcoming album "Paranoia.com" is available at iTunes, 7Digital and Amazon.com

 

11.08.2010 Phil Shoenfelt & Southern Cross' new album "Paranoia.com" will be released by British label Easy Action in October 2010.

Easy Action will also release a compilation CD of previously unreleased Nikki Sudden songs, called "Playing With Fire". Phil Shoenfelt, Bruno Adams and Chris Hughes appear as guest musicians on several tracks.
For more information visit Easy Action's website. The CD is for release in September 2010

 

19.05.2010 The gig at Parukarka Bunkr on Saturday 22.05.2010 will take place!
The line-up will be: Phil Shoenfelt solo; The Three Blind Mice (Milan, Italy); New York Junk (New York/Toronto).
There will be another gig the day before, Friday 21.05.2010 at U Vystrelenyho Oka - line-up: Phil Shoenfelt; The Three Blind Mice (Milan, Italy)

 

13.05.2010 PLEASE NOTE: ALL CONCERTS UNTIL END OF MAY 2010 HAVE BEEN CANCELLED.

 

23.04.2010 SHOENFELT (Phil Shoenfelt & Southern Cross) will release their fourth studio album "Paranoia.com" in October 2010. A CD release party with special guests will take place on 12th of October 2010 at Palac Akropolis, Prague.
More information to follow...

 

02.02.2010 Phil Shoenfelt & Southern Cross have a profile now at facebook

 

25.01.2010 Phil wrote an obituary for Rowland S. Howard

Pavel Cingl has his own MySpace site now. Have a look at www.myspace.com/pavelcingl

 

12.01.2010
Thee Big Black [front cover] Thee Big Black [Junkie Love review]

Phil's novel "Junkie Love" has been reviewd by the magazine Thee Big Black, Issue No. 1, which is available as a free download here.
And we posted the Garageland interview in the "press" section - click here to read the interview and an extract from Phil's yet unpublished novel "Stripped"

More reviews, interviews will follow soon!

 

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