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  • From The Archives – Rip It Up: The Phoenix Foundation/Not Out
  • [Transcript] The Phoenix Foundation: Not Out As the grey winter skies begin to roll in and the hours of daylight retreat like a sullen teenager, let us cast our minds back to sunnier days – like the day back in March we took The Phoenix Foundation to the cricket… by Duncan Greive The sky above […]

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  • Bunnies On Ponies

    SamuelScott2‘Bunnies On Ponies’ are a band formerly known as ‘Samuel Flynn Scott & The B.O.P’ or just Samuel Flynn Scott… but really it’s…

    Samuel Flynn Scott (songwriter, vocals, guitars, keys) – Samuel has spent most of his recording career working with his band ‘The Phoenix Foundation’. He has also performed/recorded with ‘Fly My Pretties’, ‘Flash Harry’, and ‘The Boomshack’ as well as recording music for numerous film, tv, dance and theatre projects.

    Craig Terris (drums, vocals) – Craig has been involved in a number of much loved bands including ‘Cassette’, ‘Hell Is Other People’ and ‘Bacon Foot’. His 2012 solo debut album was ‘Bleat your heart out’.

    Tom Callwood (bass, vocals) – Tom has played bass with many different jazz and blues outfits. He is a renowned improviser on the double bass but spends most of his time locking down big grooves of ‘Little Bushman’.

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    RNZ interview from 2014, where Samuel Flynn Scott talks about reviving ‘Bunnies on Ponies’ and promo’s the first single ‘Castle Van Halen’..

    Music 101 interview with Sam Scott & BOP at the Surgery Studio. He talks about how the time spent listening to 90s grunge after a back injury led him to write & record the new BOP album over the course of a week…

    Grant Smithies reviews ‘Bunnies On Ponies’ on ‘Nine To Noon’…

    Photo/Profile courtesy of Loop Records.

    RNZ interviews used with permission.

  • Conrad Wedde

    The Phoenix Foundation’s keyboardist and multi-instrumentalist, Thomas Conrad Wedde’s influences include 70’s and 80’s films, Japanese minimalism and general pop fun. His debut album ‘Bronze’ from 2008 was recorded under the name ‘T.C Wedde’, with ‘Space Waltz’ following a short 6 years later. Among other things he & Luke Buda created the music to Until Proven Innocent (nominated for Best Original Music in General Television at The ‘Qantas Film and Television Awards’ 2009, ), and he co-produced Sophie Burbery/Little Bark‘s debut album, ‘Hope Is Rubbery’.

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    Check out Simon Sweetman’s review of ‘Space Waltz’ at Off The Tracks.

    Cover/Text sourced from Bandcamp & Amplifier. Used with permission.

  • Samuel Flynn Scott












    In 2004, Samuel Flynn Scott, principle singer of The Phoenix Foundation formed a new band named Bunnies On Ponies, in order to try out some songs that didn’t fit with The Phoenix Foundation sound. After performing a few live shows around his hometown of Wellington, he released his debut solo album, The Hunt Brings Us Life, in 2006 via Loop.
    In 2007, Samuel Flynn Scott spent time writing and recording music for Taika Waititi’s film Eagle Vs Shark and for The Phoenix Foundation’s third album Happy Ending. In 2008 he presented his second solo album Straight Answer Machine. Leading his own band, Bunnies On Ponies, through Lee Prebble’s famous The Surgery recording studio in Wellington, resulted in a more oblique and grown up sound that deviates from indie quirkiness, instead communicating Samuel’s messages through creative pop music conventions. The album got some chins wagging with the Sunday Star Times complimenting Samuel and saying nice things like that he’s one of “the best young songwriters in New Zealand today”.

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    Samuel Flynn Scott  performs songs from his debut solo album ‘The Hunt Brings Us Life’ at RNZs Music 101 studio…

    Samuel Flynn Scott and Lawrence Arabia (The Reduction Agents), along with with drummer Craig Terris (Cassette) join forces to tackle some tunes from their combined back catalogue in this Music 101 Session.

    Profile/Photo courtesy of Loop Records.
    RNZ session used with permission.

  • The Cook Strait Social Club





    A Wellington super-group!…..

    Barry Saunders of ‘The Warratahs’.
    Samuel Flynn Scott from ‘The Phoenix Foundation’.
    Julia Deans of ‘Fur Patrol’.

    Barry Saunders grew up in Taranaki and Canterbury. The sound track to his childhood was his parent’s records; mostly country, in the vein of Hank Snow, Hank Williams, The Tumbleweeds and folk records such as the Kingston Trio. He left for the UK in the mid 70s, and spent 3 years playing the Irish and country circuit, and also a brief stint with pop music in Australia. In 1986 in Wellington he formed the now legendary band ‘The Warratahs’, whose albums have chalked up nearly 100,000 sales, and has released a slew of successful solo albums…

    Samuel Flynn Scott performs and writes songs with ‘The Phoenix Foundation’. In 2006 he released his first solo album ‘The Hunt Brings Us Life’, which received excellent reviews and from which the single ‘War over Water’ was nominated for best pop song at the B-net awards. Another solo album followed in 2008, and after a break he recently revived his solo career in 2014, with an album under the ‘Bunnies On Ponies’ moniker. He has also made music for television, theatre and film, including editing and composing music for the soundtrack of the Miramax feature film ‘Eagle vs. Shark’ directed by Taika Waititi.

    Julia Deans was the voice and front person for the band ‘Fur Patrol’, the band that brought you the number one single, ‘Lydia’ to the crunching rock stomp of ‘Precious’ from ‘Collider’. Self produced EP ‘Long Distance Runner’ produced the single ‘Hand on an Anchor’ which was in the NZ top 25 airplay charts for the 10 weeks. Their final album ‘Local Kid’ was released in 2008, and since then Deans has released her first solo album, ‘Modern Fables’ and joined up with fellow musicians Jon Toogood, Shayne Carter, Tiki Taane and Ladi6 as ‘The Adults’.

    ‘The Cook Strait Social Club’ played mall to medium sized venues the length of New Zealand in September 2007, in a series of intimate acoustic 3 hour show that were one of the year’s musical delights. They didn’t release an album, but did record the live session below for Radio New Zealand…

    Live from RNZs Christchurch studio, ‘The Cook Strait Social Club’ played some songs before kicking off their NZ tour – From ‘New Zealand Live’, Friday 14 September 2007

    Photo & text adapted from Amplifier. Used with permission.