Phoenix releases new song, ‘Entertainment,’ from upcoming album

The French band Phoenix has released the first single, "Entertainment," from its upcoming album.
(Arnaud Potier)

The year of Phoenix has begun.

After announcing last week that it would release a new album in April, the French band on Monday posted the disc’s first song, “Entertainment,” on YouTube. It’s a speedy electro-rock jam built around the group’s signature live-disco guitar, as well as a giant-sized synth hook that after a few spins is reminding Pop & Hiss of some of the rave-ier moments from Coldplay’s “Mylo Xyloto.” (Listen to “Entertainment” below.)

Due out in the U.S. on April 23, “Bankrupt!” will serve as the highly anticipated follow-up to 2009’s “Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix,” which won the Grammy Award for alternative music album and spawned the semi-hit singles “Lisztomania” and “1901.” Phoenix co-produced the new album with Philippe Zdar, who also oversaw “Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix.”

Song titles on the 10-track set include “Trying to Be Cool,” “Drakkar Noir” and the especially promising “S.O.S. in Bel Air.”


Phoenix is to launch a world tour in Vancouver next month, not long before the band is set to arrive in Southern California for a headlining performance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. It’s scheduled to take the big stage in Indio on April 13 and April 20.


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