Phil Shoenfelt's new studio album "Cassandra Lied" will be released 10th January 2020 by Sireena Records
Phil’s new solo album Cassandra Lied was recorded in Prague between
August 2018 and November 2019. He was joined in this endeavour by
several notable musicians, including band-mate and co-producer Chris
Hughes (drummer with These Immortal Souls, Mick Harvey, Hugo Race,
Alexander Hacke) and lapsteel guitarist Kristof Hahn of Swans. Marcia
Schofield, Eva Turnová and Baron Anastis sang backing vocals, and
Anastis played some ace bass on “The Man Who Sold The World”.
A radical departure from Phil‘s previous work, Cassandra Lied has a
lyrical depth which is comparable to the work of rock poets such as
Leonard Cohen, Lou Reed and Patti Smith. The music itself is closer to
the layered, atmospheric approach of artists like Brian Eno, David
Bowie and Tony Visconti than it is to traditional rock dynamics. Other
influences on this album are post-punk bands such as Joy Division and
Krautrock bands Neu and La Düsseldorf.
Cassandra Lied is released on January 10th on the Sireena label, and
will be available at online shops such as Amazon and at regular retail
outlets via Broken Silence distribution.
Record Release Party on 28th December 2019 at Ballhaus, Berlin (Mitte):
Phil Shoenfelt with Dim Locator as special guests of Berlin band Herbst In Peking. Special Guest: Kristof Hahn of Swans.
Phil Shoenfelt (with Fatal
Shore) and Conrad Adams (with Once Upon A Time) celebrate the life and music of
Bruno Adams ten years after his passing.
With special guests: Mick Harvey, Kristof
Hahn, Bronwyn Adams and more.
Starts at 18.00
PHIL SHOENFELT & BRUNO ADAMS
"OUT OF THE SKY - REAL WORLD DEMOS"
In January 2006, Phil Shoenfelt & Bruno Adams began to prepare the
songs that would later be featured on REAL WORLD, the third Fatal Shore
CD (Amboss Recordings, 2007). Of the fourteen songs that would appear
on Real World, nine are presented on Out Of The Sky in their
prototypical form. Whereas the critically acclaimed Real World is
notable for its lush orchestral arrangements, the songs contained on
OOTS are remarkable for their purity of sound and the intricate
interweaving of voices and guitars. Without the embellishment of bass,
drums and orchestra, a rich tonality is revealed, a harmonic vibration
that emerges naturally, without striving or affectation. These songs
are strong enough to stand alone – they enter the consciousness of the
listener in an intimate and unmediated manner. What is even more
surprising is that they were recorded on a simple VS-880 8-Track in
Adams’ flat in Kreuzberg – a fact that is hard to reconcile with the
depth of sonic field achieved.
The demos were lost for many years, and only came to light in March
2018. Now released in CD format by the German label Moloko +, they are
a vivid testament to the lyrical and musical alchemy that existed
between Phil and Bruno. They also preserve the songwriting legacy of
Adams, who died from colon cancer in 2009 at the age of forty five.
SWEET POSITIVE "At Her Majesty's Pleasure"
(Azalea So Sweet / Chris Hughes / Phil
debut album on Moloko +
CD Release Party: 07.04.2018 @ Zizkovsiska, Prague (CZ)
Various Artists "A Taste Of Moloko Plus 1996 - 2016"
2-CD compilation includes
"100 Degress In The Shade" and
"Wild Is The Wind" by
"Dan The Man From Ampellang" by Dim Locator,
and a new and previously
unreleased song by Phil Shoenfelt, called "Resurrection Day", produced
by Thor Sten Beckmann (Herbst In Peking).
The German label Moloko + will release a new CD by Fatal Shore, titled "Setting The Sails For El
Dorado". The recordings on this CD date from spring
1997 and were recorded at the Delta Club Studio in Prague. They were intended to
be demos for what ended up as the first Fatal Shore CD.
01. Wild Is The
02. If You Go Away
04. Bird On A Wire
06. Preachin' Blues
07. Who's Been Talking
08. Friday's Child
Dim Locator (AUS/UK) is a new band
formed from the ashes of legendary Berlin-based band Fatal Shore.
The group comprises Phil Shoenfelt (guitar/vocals), Chris Hughes (drums/percussion)
and Dave Allen (bass guitar).
Shoenfelt has lived in Prague for many years, and is known for his work with
Southern Cross (Prague), Fatal Shore (Berlin) and Khmer Rouge (New York) as well as for
his autobiographical novel “Junkie Love”.
Chris Hughes (AUS) is based in Berlin and
has played with Fatal Shore, Hugo Race & The True Spirit, Alexander Hacke of
Einstürzende Neubauten, Methylated Spirits, The Act, Nina Hagen, Rowland S. Howard and
almost everyone else.
Dave Allen (AUS) is also based in Berlin,
and has played bass with Hugo Race & The True Spirit, Methylated Spirits and The Act.
The music of Dim Locator is stripped down industrial
psych-rock music with influences from The Stooges, Beasts of Bourbon, The Birthday Party,
Pink Fairies and Hawkwind.
The first online-only EP by DIM LOCATOR, called "IMMORTALISED", was released through German company Fuego on Friday 29.07.2011.
The three song EP is a tribute to the late, great Rowland S. Howard, and contains the following songs:
British label Easy Action
will release a compilation CD of previously unreleased Nikki Sudden
songs, called "Playing With Fire". Phil Shoenfelt, Bruno Adams and
Chris Hughes appear as guest musicians on several tracks. For more information visit Easy Action's website.
The CD is for release in September 2010.
A Tribute To Bruno Adams - 16 October 2009 - 19.30 h
ACME Poets' Union
(feat. members of Once Upon A Time, Lunar Lounge)
Conrad Adams & Chris Russell
Katerina Adams & Phil Shoenfelt
Baron Van Hustler
Dimitri Kucharzewski & Katerina
Sidi Santini & The Decadents
Secret 9 Beat
Constance Rudert, Carsten Klatte &
Phil Shoenfelt & Lucie Reichrtova
* * *
Plus a documentary film about Bruno Adams by Mick
Harvey & Nick Boddington
friends and family of Bruno Adams would like to thank everyone who took
part in, or attended, the two tribute concerts that took place in
Ebensee on August 29th and in Berlin on September 2nd, 2009. Also a big
THANKYOU to the organisers of these two events (especially Tine
Neumann, Phil Freeborn and Ollie Peters), and the club owners and
managers who made them possible (thanks Konrad, thanks Tammy). We
managed to collect quite a bit of money to help Katka with the funeral
costs, so as well as throwing a damn good send-off party for Bruno, we
actually achieved something practical. Again, thanks to everyone who
gave their support in whatever way. The next tribute concert will be in
Prague on 16/10/2009.
Phil Shoenfelt, Prague, 8/9/2009
Tribute To Bruno Adams - 02. September 2009, 20.00 h
to all of you who attended Bruno's funeral on Saturday in Berlin. And
thanks, too, to the hundreds of well-wishers who sent messages through
the post, by phone and through My Space, but who couldn't be there in
person. It was a sad, but beautiful affair, a fitting send-off for a
man whose big heart, warmth and musical talent affected so many people.
And as someone who loved life and loved people, I am sure that Bruno
would have been touched by the huge outpouring of love and affection
that his passing occasioned.
I would just like to mention that there will be at least two tribute
concerts in the coming weeks and months to celebrate Bruno's music and
his life: one in Berlin and one in Prague. There may be other concerts
organised in other cities as well. As soon as we have any idea of the
times, dates and venues, we will post this news on the Fatal Shore
homepage and My Space sites.
date and time of Bruno's funeral has now been set, and all those
wishing to pay their final respects are welcome to attend. The service
will take place at 12 noon on Saturday 25th April at Alter Luisenstadt
Kirchhof, Südstern 8-12, 10961 Berlin.
Update: Apparently there are several entrances to the cemetery. Please
use the entrance on Südstern 8-12 (not Bergmannstr. 39-47). And after
the funeral there will be an informal get-together in Hasenheide Park,
a short distance from the cemetery. Any of Bruno's friends are welcome
to come along and make a kind of picnic. Food and drink swill not be
provided, so please bring your own refreshments. In the evening there
will be an informal reception at the Trödler club in Kreuzberg, a
favourite haunt of Bruno's. Again, all are welcome.
those of you who don't already know, Fatal Shore singer and frontman
Bruno Adams died peacefully in his sleep in the early hours of Saturday
Bruno had been battling cancer for five years with all the strength and
courage he could muster. But in the end time ran out, and he passed
away at home in Berlin, surrounded by his family and close friends.
Although in great physical pain, Bruno never once gave in to self-pity
or despair. He loved his wife Katka and his three children with a depth
of passion that never faltered, and in spite of his rapidly
deteriorating condition, he managed to remain lucid and aware right up
until the end. Bruno loved life and he loved people, and for him to be
taken from us at such a young age is a tragedy that we will all suffer
to come to terms with. The wonderful music he made will continue to
inspire, and everyone whose life he touched (and there are many), will
remember this unique and beautiful character with the deep love and
respect that were the hallmark of Bruno's own attitude to life.
Bruno Adams: Born 02/09/1963, Bacchus Marsh, Australia. Died 18/04/2009 R.I.P. Berlin, Germany.
Details about Bruno's funeral will be posted on the Fatal Shore homepage as soon as we know them.
The funeral will take place in Berlin, and all Bruno's friends are welcome to attend.
If you would like to send a message of condolence, go to: www.myspace.com/fatalshore
Phil Shoenfelt, Prague, 18/04/2009
Wolfgang Gürster has uploaded live pictures of Fatal Shore and also a selection of photos of Bruno (Special - We Will Remember)
Have a look at www.rock-shot.com
Fatal Shore - Bird On A
Wire - 3-Track EP
1. Bird On A Wire
3. Friday's Child
"Fuego Collector's Item" available as a download
Please note -
The concert in Teplice, Czech Republic (31st of May)
and the concert in Berlin, Germany (1st of June) are cancelled.
in 11 Jahren nur 3 Alben aufnimmt, der scheint viel Wert auf ein perfektes Ergebnis zu
legen. Mit Sicherheit ist dies auch hier der Fall; neben der räumlichen Entfernung der
vier Bandmitglieder: Der Exil-Engländer Phil Shoenfelt (Ex-Khmer Rouge und großartiger
Untergrund-Literat) lebt seit vielen Jahren in Prag, die beiden Australier Bruno Adams
(ex-Once Upon A Time) und Chris Hughes (der Drummer von Hugo Race’s True Spirit)
ebenso wie Bassist YoYo Röhm (hauptberuflich inzwischen bei Les Hommes Sauvages) sind in
Berlin ansässig. Größtenteils balladesk gehalten atmet "Real World“ denn auch
alles, was man bei diesen Zutaten erwarten kann, emotionale Tiefe, Sentiment, den morbiden
Charme des alten Europa gepaart mit der weiten Melancholie des fünften Kontinents, die
ähnlich das Werk der Triffids oder Simon Bonney’s Crime & The City Solution
durchzieht. Dazu kommt, dass Shoenfelt ein zwar beinahe unspektakulärer, aber großer
Sänger mit dunklem Timbre, durchaus in einer Reihe mit Leuten wie Leonard Cohen, Scott
Walker oder Nick Cave stehend ist. Aber auch Bruno Adams ist deutlich präsenter als auf
den Vorgängeralben und steht Shoenfelt gesanglich kaum nach, Höhepunkt hier das Duett
der beiden bei der Jacques Brel-Coverversion von "If You Go Away“. Die meist von
Phil Shoenfelt und Bruno Adams gemeinsam geschriebenen Songs sind atmosphärisch dichte,
dunkle Kurzgeschichten, wundervoll arrangiert mit exzellenten Streichern an den richtigen
Stellen, sanft echoenden Hammond-, Piano- oder Vibraphonklängen und – hier kommt der
Poet Shoenfelt durchweit über das übliche Rockschema herausragender lyrischer Qualität.
Zur richtigen Zeit wird auch das Tempo angezogen, wie auf dem brillianten Desert Rocker
"The Train Song“, oder dem Border-Music gefärbten "Blind Jesus“.
Große Empfehlung für Freunde der Tindersticks, Leonard Cohens, Nick Caves, der Triffids
oder Les Hommes Sauvages.(rh)"
See "gigs" for the upcoming
Fatal Shore spring tour
This Friday, 23rd of November,
2007, Bruno Adams and Phil Shoenfelt will be playing in East Of Eden Bookshop. Phil will
also be reading from his semi-autobiographical novel, "Junkie Love", recently
published by Random house. Precedings will begin at 10:00 PM. East Of Eden English
Bookshop is situated at Schreinerstr. 10, F-hain. Entrance is 3.00 Euro
Upon A Time will be reforming for an evening at Schokoladen, Berlin, Germany,
on Wednesday, 05.12.07 at 9 pm.
They will playing a selection of some of their more layed back numbers in the
intermate atmosphere of the lo-fi lounge. Sara Indrio (SingerSongwriter/DK) and Flemming
Borby (IndiPop/DK) will also be performing on the night. Entrance price is 6 Euro.
As part of the
event "Rock Art" Bruno Adams will be playing together with The Act, David Judson
Clemmons, Mark Mulholland & Mateo de Harp and Lee Viajero & The Edgy Drifetrs
@ Wallywoods, Berliner Allee 125, Weissensee, Berlin, Germany,
Saturday, November 10th, 2007, 8pm
Two Intimate Nights with Bruno Adams & Phil
26.10.2007 @ Trödler, Dresdener Str. 123, Kreuzberg-Berlin, U-bhf Kottbusser Tor, und Sa.
27.10.07 im Cafe K-berg
27.10.2007 @ Cafe Kreuzberg, Ohlauer Str. 37, Kreuzberg-Berlin, U-bhf Gölitzer
On the 4th of August 2007
Lee Hazlewood passed away in his home in Henderson, Nevada.
left us a collection of some of the greatest songs written. We will be presenting a night
of those songs played by a variety of bands, in celebration of his life, times, words and
music. Films and photos will also be shown. It will be held on
Thursday 11th of October 2007
at the Bassy Club, Schönhauser Allee 176, Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg.
U-BHF Senefelder Platz.
Doors open at 8:00, and the evening begins at 9:00.
Lineup: Al Deloner, Richard Ruin, Mona Mur, Kitty Solaris, luna
lounge, Fancie, Lunika, Fatal Shore, Two Dollar Bash, Jamestown Ferry, The Jet Lag Junkies
Bruno Adams and Phil Shoenfelt will
be playing unplugged in the intermate backroom of "Trödler", Dresdener Str.
123, Berlin-Kreuzberg on 7th of September 2007. The concert will begin around 10 pm.
Fatal Shore will play the
"Berlin Playground Volume 1" at Kino Babylon Mitte in Berlin on September 8th,
More information about this event see http://www.myspace.com/08092007
The new album "Real
World" will be released on 15th of March 2007.
The CD is available on concerts and through firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here to read the press
release for "Real World".
Yoyo Röhm has left the band.
John Barry (The Last Bandits) is playing bass during the "Real World" tour.
Fatal Shore will tour Czech
Republic, Hungary, Austria, Denmark and Germany.
third Fatal Shore CD "Real World" will be released in March 2007 by Amboss Recordings. More
information to follow ...
We updated the website with the original lyrics to the Fatal
"Dear Family, Friends and Music Lovers, I
am currently undergoing treatment for cancer, once again. Luckily I have many kind and
caring friends who have put a benefit night together to help keep us afloat. Thankyou so
much to everyone involved, from the Adams family (Bruno, Katka, Conrad, Natalie and
PS. Hope to see you there if I'm up to it. Bruno Adams"Benefit Concert For Bruno Adams:
Saturday, 16th. December 2006, 20:00
@ Cafe Zapata / Tacheles
Lady Gaby (Mistress Of Ceremonies)
David Judson Clemmons & The Full Bliss
Two Dollar Bash
DJ Tom Cat
A rough mix of "Real World", a new
song from the forthcoming third Fatal Shore album is available here
Check out Fatal Shore's new song
"Real World" on their MySpace site.
The projected release date for their new album is spring 2007.
Nikki Sudden Tribute
31/08/2006 @ Roter Salon, Berlin
with Anastis, Big Sleep, Clark Nova Five, Don
Chambers, Comedian Pharmacists, Max Decharne, Al DeLoner, Chris Damien Doll, Fancie, Fatal
Shore, The Fullbliss, Jowe Head, Impure Throughts, The Dave Kusworth Group, Meadowstar,
Methylated Spirits, Panda, Clive Product, Kitty Solaris, Einar Stenseng, DJ Jewel Thief
and special guests
The Nikki Sudden Memorial Concert
will be on 31st August 2006 at "Roter
Salon" in Berlin, Germany. Fatal Shore and many other bands will be playing the songs of Nikki Sudden
Both Fatal Shore albums,
"Fatal Shore" and "Free Fall", are now available as digital downloads
@ musicload and i-tunes
The Nikki Sudden Memorial Concert
on 21st May in Berlin has been cancelled.
Probably there will be a later date in summer.
NIKKI SUDDEN MEMORIAL
Bruno Adams is organising a tribute concert for Nikki Sudden
on May 21st at Roter Salon in Berlin, Germany.
Fatal Shore and many other bands will be playing the songs of Nikki Sudden.
The third Fatal Shore CD is in
production and will be released by Amboss
Release date is scheduled for fall 2006.
Shore play a couple of gigs in Hungary - see gigs
On 24th February Fatal Shore will
play at "White Trash" in Berlin, Germany
On 3/11/2005 Phil Shoenfelt and
Bruno Adams went into Claustrophobia Studio in Berlin and played guitar tracks on "I
Know You", a rocking new track by Nikki Sudden scheduled for release next year.
Fatal Shore also started recording songs
for their next album. They are playing a concert in Berlin on 16/12/2005.
Mick Harvey (from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds) has
recently released his third solo album called "One Man's Treasure" (Mute
Records), which also includes a great cover version of "Planetarium", a song of
Bruno Adams and Chris Hughes' band Once Upon A Time.