Premiere: The Phoenix Foundation: Thames Soup

We are excited to premiere the video for The Phoenix Foundation’s latest single Thames Soup.

Directed by Luke Savage, the clip features British comedian and musician Jim Tavare, who played Tom the Inkeeper in Harry Potter.

Somehow fittingly, Tavare is a cousin of English cricketer Chris Tavare, known for his ‘leisurely batting style’.

It was shot at Bombay Beach, the LA River and Sunken City, California.

Thames Soup, from the band’s double album Fandango, stems from conversations with loved ones at home when the band is away touring the UK.

“The time difference can make communications quite strained, especially when London nightlife is involved,” singer Samuel Scott explains.

“So this song is about being a bit drunk, having a great time etc, but really just wanting to be back home cooking dinner for the family.”

Looking back he says that Thames Soup didn’t come easily. “We must have done 40 takes at Tarureka Estate.

“In the end we scrapped the live takes and built it in pro-tools at The Car Club, which is our own studio and where time is unlimited.”

“We were quite obsessive about not over layering it, but making sure every element on there was perfect.

Thames Soup is the first TPF song recorded with a female singer, Holly Beals. “Combing male and female voices suddenly gives a song like this more narrative and depth,” Scott says.

The Wellington six-piece are heading on a nation-wide tour next month.

July 12 – Auckland, Powerstation
July 19 – Christchurch – The Bedford at CPSU
July 20 – Dunedin – Queens
July 21 – Dunedin – Chicks Hotel (NEW SHOW!)
July 26 – Napier – The Cabana
July 27 – Wellington – James Cabaret

More info and tickets under

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