File this one under “the more you know”: Phoenix’s forthcoming fifth studio album, Bankrupt!, was mixed on the same Harrison 4032 solid-state recording console that captured Michael Jackson’s all-time classic, Thriller.
As The New Yorker reports (via Pitchfork), the console surfaced on eBay, where guitarist Lauren Brancowitz scoped it out for the band. What’s weird is that it belonged to Clayton Rose, owner of a Christian music studio out in Fullerton, California. As frontman Thomas Mars told the publication, “There was something a little spooky about him [Rose]. He was very pushy. It seemed like a scam.”
Following a number of e-mails, Mars picked it up for a whopping $17,000, an outright bargain from the original asking price of $32,000. Soon after, the 1100 pound console was shipped to Paris, where they mixed Bankrupt!, which at the time was tentatively titled, Alternative Thriller. Yes, that most certainly deserves an instant rim shot.
Bankrupt! is due out in April via Glassnote Records. As previously reported, the band will be touring behind their new album.
Phoenix 2013 Tour Dates:
03/28 – Vancouver, BC @ QE Theatre *
03/29 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre *
03/30 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom *
04/02 – Davis, CA @ Freeborn Hall *
04/08 – Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee Theater *
04/09 – Tucson, AZ @ AVA Amphitheater *
04/10 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Cosmopolitan Pool *
04/13 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival
04/20 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival
05/04 – New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Jazz Fest
05/11 – Columbia, MD @ Sweetlife Festival
05/23 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
06/07 – Nürnberg, DE @ Rock im Park
06/08 – Nürburgring, DE @ Rock am Ring
06/13 – Hultsfred, SE @ Hultsfred Festival
07/02-04 – Arendal, NO @ Hove Festival
07/05 – Werchter, DE @ Rock Werchter
07/14 – Lisbon, PT @ Optimus Alive!
08/24 – Paris, FR @ Rock en Seine
* = w/ Mac DeMarco