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2010 Easy Action Recordings (UK) / Cat.No. EARS013
2014 Fuego (D) / Cat.No. 2498


Stupid Rock Star
Footsteps Of A Dream
Bloodshot Eyes
Open Up And Bleed
Tired Of Loving You

Phil Shoenfelt vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, loops, feedback and slide guitar

Pavel Cingl violin, electric guitar and slide mandolin

Pavel Krtouš bass guitar

Jarda Kvasnička drums, percussion

Special Guest:

Chris Hughes metallic percussion on tracks 2 and 8


All songs written by Phil Shoenfelt except for track 6 (James Osterberg/James Williamson)
Arranged by Phil Shoenfelt & Southern Cross
Recorded, mixed and mastered at Stereo Mysterio, Prague
Produced by Phil Shoenfelt, Engineered by Dan Satra
Mixed by Dan Satra and Phil Shoenfelt, Mastering by Dan Satra
Front cover painting by Claus Castenskiold
Band portrait photo by Zuzana Oplatkova
Graphics and layout by Les Clark, Manufacturing by Steve Pittis

Press Release
Ex Khmer Rouge Guitarist and 'Junkie Love' author Phil Shoenfelt produces his Fourth album which includes the single "Open up and Bleed", a cover of the Stooges, never released, live favourite. Album cover art is a painting by artist Claus Castenskiold, who painted the classic Fall album cover 'The wonderful frightening world of the fall'. Phil is touring Europe most of the summer and autumn in support of the album. (Easy Action Recordings)

"" 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. "" (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. (2010, Phil Shoenfelt)


Single Release
In 2010 Easy Action Recordings released the Download-Single "Open Up & Bleed", including the album version as well as an acoustic version:

The Prague Post
Phil Shoenfelt's four decades of work with Manchester, New York City, London, Berlin and Melbourne artists fits the personnel of his Prague-based band Southern Cross like a glove. Bassists Pavel Krtous, drummer Jarda Kvasnička and Pavel Cingl's violin and mandolin make up Shöenfelt's heavyweight rhythm section. Add to this a knack for storytelling that has made Shoenfelt an award-winning novelist, and magic is afoot. opens with tracks of fervent, lyrical rock 'n' roll full of WikiLeaks media-age protest. This is followed by an evocation of Prague alleyways on Shoenfelt's wintry cobblestone reflection "Footsteps of a Dream." But the heart of is condensed in the final two tracks of the album, which include the streetwise requiem "Forgiven," dedicated to the late Bruno Adams, the Australian-born longtime Berlin expat guitarist/songwriter. Closing with the gothic hope of "Shrine," places Shoenfelt on the same path as the artists with whom he has shared the bill over the years, including Nick Cave, Lydia Lunch, Rowland S. Howard and Nikki Sudden. As one enthusiastic concertgoer at Southern Cross' album launch said, "This is rock and roll."

Phil Shoenfelt's history stretches back to the early ‘80s and the postpunk act Khmer Rouge. But the British-born/Prague-based singer/songwriter/guitarist has a steady flow of releases with both Southern Cross and the band Fatal Shore that only the geekiest of rock cognoscenti seem to know about. A shame, that, if is any indication.
Much like his late friend Nikki Sudden (with whom he recorded the excellent Golden Vanity in 1998), Shoenfelt works in a straightforward, guitar-based rock ‘n' roll vein, crooning his poetic lyrics over basic riffs and unfussy rhythms. Boasting both a creamy baritone and a sense of melancholy that's almost gothic, Shoenfelt is less exuberant than his old compadre, given more to brooding folk rock like "Forgiven" or weary confessions like "Tired of Loving You." But he's no defeatist, injecting a strain of sardonic humor into the bitchy "Stupid Rock Star" and the obsessive title track. Like Sudden, Shoenfelt is something of an iconoclast, with no obvious place in the current modern rock landscape. But that makes an album like all the more interesting and worth hearing.

Bucketfull of Brains
#78/79 Winter 2011, by Simon Wright
The title track is a fierce Stones groove that lends Shoenfelt's carefully sung lyrics power and authority. Lines like "Now I'm standing at the edge of the future where the present and past collide" inevitably remind of "Well I live here in Kill City where the debris meet the sea". Sure enough track six is a well-constructed version of Iggy's 'Open Up And Bleed' which compares favourably to the version currently being toured by the reformed Stooges.
Throughout this concise release (ten tracks, no more) Southern Cross provide backing of such empathy that Phil always sounds like a band member rather than a songwriter backed by session guys. The closing track "Shrine" is calmer and more stately, the near-biblical repetition of "And all of this will surely come to pass" sounding like Island-era John Cale (albeit less Welsh). A diverse and satisfying set that should make these guys better known.

ViveLeRock 2011
review by Hugh Gaulland
Darksider blues rock from Shoenfelt and friends.
Former Khmer Rouge man and Nikki Sudden collaborator, Prague-based Phil Shoenfelt has staked out his territory in the badlands of brooding blues-tinged rock, and this new offering - conceived and recorded in the wake of the ravages of Interferon treatment - is an appropriately dark-hearted affair. As the title would suggest, Shoenfelt's current material seethes with paranoiac malaise, alleviated by the melancholic atmosperics at work on cuts such as 'Forgiven', Shoenfelt's references are worn on his sleeve her - 'Bitterman' or the stunning 'Bloodshot Eyes' recall the troubled misanthropy of Nick Cave, while 'Undertow' taps into Joy Division's icy magnificence. There's a tip of the hat to Iggy And The Stooges whose classic 'Open Up And Bleed' is given a masterful working over here. A heartsick concentration of rocking-blues vitriol and regret. (7/10)