The Phosphenes made a number of recordings in the early years of the 21st Century – first as Separation Street, then as Chapter 11 – with a constantly shifting lineup. None were ever quite finished. By 2004 the lineup had consolidated in Dean Lombard (guitar, vocals), Jason Cutler (bass, vocals), Damaris Baker (guitar, vocals), John Watson (drums), and Joe Saitta (sax); and they enlisted the services of Allan Neuendorf to record these six songs at Baker St Studios over four winter days in 2005.
These songs were staples of the band's live set, and exemplify the diversity of genres – indie rock, ballads, groove rock, post-punk, classic rock, guitar pop – encompassed by their repertoire.
Band members Jason and Dean designed the album packaging using drummer John's photographs for the cover and studio shots by Dean's brother Gavin for the interior. The band home-printed and hand-assembled 40 or 50 CDs and they were sold at gigs and online, with some distributed to local radio stations. By 2018, they were all gone.
Ignoring the advice of mastering engineers the world over, the band remastered it themselves in 2019, re-releasing it to an unsuspecting public in 2020.
The album is now available on streaming and download services for the first time ever. A limited number of hand-assembled CDs will be issued in due course.
released January 26, 2020
Dean Lombard: vocal, guitar, harmonica.
Jason Cutler: bass, backups, vocal on ‘Hey’.
Damaris Baker: guitar, backups.
Joe Saitta: saxophone.
John Watson: drums, percussion.
Engineered, mixed & mastered by Allan Neuendorf.
Produced by Jason Cutler, Dean Lombard, John Watson & Allan Neuendorf.
Remastered by Jason Cutler in 2019.
Cover photograph by John Watson (watjonphotography.com
Colour montage photographs by Gavin Lombard.
Design by Dean Lombard & Jason Cutler.
Many thanks to former members of Separation Street: Victoria Bramall, Isabelle Kenny & Grant Watkins.
Also to Brendan Mason @ Real Guitars, Glen Iris; Mendo @ The Jam Hut, Preston; Northcote Primary School; all our families, friends, and musical collaborators past, present, and future. And thanks Allan.