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2007 Amboss Recordings (D)
2015 Amboss Recordings (D)


Black Venus
The Looking Glass Song
Six Miles Deep
Between A Heaven And A Hell
So Glad I Did
Blind Jesus
Numb Inside
Rainy Sunday Morning
Out Of The Sky
If You Go Away
Vivi The Flea

The Train Song

Real World

CD - sold out



Bruno Adams
vocals, acoustic & electric guitars
Phil Shoenfelt
vocals, acoustic & electric guitars & dobra
Chris Hughes
drums &  percussion
Yoyo Röhm
bass & double bass, piano on tracks 1, 3, 10, 14
organ on tracks 1, 3, 7, xylophone on tracks 11, 14
vibraphone on tracks 2, 7, 10, electric guitar on tracks 11, 14
spanish guitar on track 6
Special Guests:

Richard Ruin
pedal steel guitar on tracks 2, 5, electric guitar on track 8
singing saw on track 2, harmonica on track 14
Rolf Hammermüller piano on track 5, 6, 8, 11 & 12
Mike Strauss organ on track 5, 8, 9, 10, 13
String Section:

Anna Sofia Ulfsax 1st violin on tracks 1, 7, 11, solo violin on track 6, 12
Moritz Colitti 2nd violin on track 1, 7, 11
Emilia Renner viola on track 1, 7, 11
Jonathan Weigele cello on track 1, 7, 11
String arrangements composed and conducted by Baxter Wilderbeast

Tracks 3, 6, 8, 9, 12 written by Phil Shoenfelt
Tracks 2, 4, 5, 7, 13, 14 written by Bruno Adams
Track 1 music: traditional / lyrics: Phil Shoenfelt
Track 10 written by Jacques Brel (translated by Rod McKuen)
Track 11 music: Phil Shoenfelt & Yoyo Röhm / lyrics: Phil Shoenfelt
All songs arranged by Yoyo Röhm

Phil Shoenfelt's songs published by Hanseatic Musikverlag / Warner Chappell Music
Bruno Adams' songs published by Amboss Film + Musik

Recorded at planet-earth-recordings, Berlin and The Bunker, Berlin.
Produced and mixed at Dean Int. Studios by Baxter Wilderbeast.
Mastered at Lost In Space Studio, Berlin by Ingo Krauss

Press Release


The new CD by Fatal Shore, REAL WORLD, sees the band taking the unique sound of their first two CDs and developing it in a significant new direction. The Melbourne Gothic-Blues soundscapes of The Fatal Shore (1997), and the stripped-down, grungy rhythms of Free Fall (2004), are still present, but have been overlayed with the rich orchestral arrangements of producer Yoyo Röhm (D) to produce an album of rare musical beauty.

The band’s two principal songwriters – Bruno Adams (AUS) and Phil Shoenfelt (GB) – have drawn on a variety of influences this time, that show their interest in many different genres of music. Black Venus, the first track on the album, is an original version of the traditional gypsy song Khamoro, a song which was featured in the 1970’s film Time Of The Gypsies. Between A Heaven And A Hell is a grungy rocker, while the title track, Real World, draws on soul and gospel influences from the American Deep South. Blind Jesus, by way of contrast, takes the listener south of the border into a mythical Mexico of the imagination, while Vivi The Flea explores gypsy rhythms and Grappelli-influenced violin, with its tale of a washed-up, world-weary burlesque dancer.

Throughout the album, these disparate influences are welded into the unmistakeable sound of Fatal Shore. The unique drumming and percussion of Chris Hughes (Aus) produces unexpected rhythmic twists and turns, while multi-instrumentalist Röhm adds textures and colours that take the band into altogether new territory. Coming from a background of post-punk, Melbourne-Berlin Blues, Fatal Shore have produced, in REAL WORLD, a gorgeously diverse set of songs that will take the listener on a wide-angled trip through the hinterlands of popular music

REAL WORLD will be released on March 15th through the Hamburg-based label Amboss Recordings, a new independent label started by Ralf Schulze of Amboss Film+Music.

Fatal Shore will be on tour in Germany, Denmark, Czech Republic, Hungary and Austria throughout March and April 2007.


Wer 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 Life“ 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 Leonhard Cohen, Scott Walker oder Nick Cave stehend ist. Aber auch Bruno Adams ist deutlich präsenter als auf den Vorgänger Alben 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 durch- weit 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, Leonhard Cohens, Nick Caves, der Triffids oder Les Hommes Sauvages.(rh)

Fatal Shore is a trio of exiles based in Central Europe. Australians Bruno Adams and Chris Hughes were in Once Upon A Time whose majestic ‘Planetarium’ was recently covered by Mick Harvey. Yorkshireman Phil Shoenfelt has a long, diverse history that began with Khmer Rouge in early 80s New York. For their third album Real World they are joined by multi-instrumentalist and arranger Yoyo Rohm and a string section. This Real World is certainly dark and intense. Its soundtrack combines something of the cabaret and something of the Australian gothic, taking in blues, soul, and balladry. A profound seriousness is reflected in Shoenfelt’s precise enunciated vocals, contrasting with those of Adams who tends to the slightest of country inflections. Roiling, grunge-like frenzies such as ‘Rainy Sunday Morning’ and ‘Train Song’, sit next to beautiful serene pieces like the Cohenesque ‘Faithless’, the tender ‘Out Of The Sea’, and the reading of Brel’s ‘If You Go Away’. A Mariachi element (and a touch of Wise Blood) pervades ‘Blind Jesus’ while gypsy music accompanies both the tale of ‘Vivi The Flea’ and the opener ‘Black Venus’ which borrows its tune from the traditional gypsy song ‘Khamoro’.
ROCK & REEL, Nick West, 2008