South of the Border

by The Phosphenes

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One night, the 2nd of May 2019 to be exact, The Phosphenes were graciously invited to perform in the St Hotel, St Kilda. No Saints were present during this gig. It was the second time we’d played there, but the first time on the ground floor.
Phaedra and Dave from The Winterfriends recorded it for us. Jason slaved over a hot MacBook on and off during Victoria’s winter lockdown, particularly during September 2020, revisiting and remixing the gig repeatedly like Phil in Groundhog Day until the performance was ready to reveal.
Two songs “Taste Like Wine” and “Right Place, Wrong Time” are available as audio-only for the first time on this album. (Previously released on YouTube.)

If you buy the whole album you will get ten bonus tracks – the same ten songs completely uncut. If you play them together with no gaps, you get the entire audio of the gig from the late start of the recording after the first song's intro had already started, to the final thank you, with our witty banter, false starts and awkward silences in between.

These songs were written, performed and recorded – and the album made – on the stolen land of the Kulin Nation, where we and our people live and work without their consent. We acknowledge and pay our respects to the traditional custodians of the land and their Elders, past and present, and look forward to a true and just reconciliation between our peoples.


released May 23, 2021

Vocals by Dean, Simon and Jason.
Guitars by Simon and Dean.
Bass and Synth by Jason. Drums by John.
Cover photo by John. Artwork and design by Jason.
Recorded by Phaedra Gunn and Dave O'Toole from Apollo Productions.
Mixed by Jason. Mastered by Jason and Dean.


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The Phosphenes Melbourne, Australia

The Phosphenes create imperfect three-minute pop songs from a standard dysfunctional rock line-up (with added harmonica for your convenience) that - replete with catchy hooks and upbeat rhythms, armed with poignant and quirky humour, and dripping in vocal harmonies - stick in your head and get you out of your chair. ... more

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