If somebody had predicted how big of a stir two gigs in San Francisco would cause, the band would have declared the prophet a fool. During a stay in California, PHONOFLaKES manages to get booked for the Burning Man Festival by playing a gig that includes no more than two songs and lasts no longer than 10 Minutes. And not as one could guess onto a small stage – PHONOFLaKES got to play at the Center Stage! Obviously the bands appearance leaves such a big impression, that it gets invited to play at the festival for another two times in the following years.
But that's not the end of the story. Only one day after this groundbreaking appearance in San Francisco, PHONOFLaKES carves its way to a Showcase at Pirate Cat Radio due to a further live performance. By chance a presenter of the radio station sits in the audience. He is ever so impressed that he invites the band to play at his show on the spot. What the presenter "Diamond Dave" does not know until this very day – due to his very distinct hippie appearance, the band at first believes he is a banged homeless, who in an alcoholic stupor brags about having an own radio show. The musicians are flabbergasted once they find out that the radio station reaches over 20 million listeners and is even broadcasted to Berlin.
At least since their appearance at Pirate Cat Radio PHONOFLaKES realizes that they are on the right track. "It took a bit of time until we realized how deeply touched the listeners are by our everyday stories. It seems as if the banality of everyday life is more important than one could assume."
From this day on everything went quickly. Every further performance in San Francisco leads to a new booking, to such an extent that PHONOFLaKES returns to tour in California during four weeks the following year. The band plays innumerable shows, which paves their way from starting out in front of a handful of paying audience up to the infamous Burning Man Festival, which gathers over 50'000 visitors each year. Highlight in their history of concerts is an appearance at the legendary Viper Room in Los Angeles.
By performing staggering live shows with huge devotion and stage presence, PHONOFLaKES drags along a continuously growing fan base. After a gig in San Diego the enthusiasm also spills across the border and results a year later in another concert tour of several weeks: this time all across Mexico.
PHONOFLaKES owes this success merely to their live performances and a few demo tapes. To date the band did not yet publish any proper record. Now this is finally made up for! After concluding their latest tour, PHONOFLaKES retreated to the studio in order to concentrate solely on the creative process of songwriting. In collaboration with producer Matthias Hillebrand‐ Gonzalez, who knows exactly how to bring out the vision and music of the band, PHONOFLaKES recorded an outstanding
record. The outcome is the heavily overdue debut album "7.30 and Edinburgh". The record holds a total of 12 tracks, which capture the bands energy and express the personality of PHONOFLaKES at its fullest. Words can hardly describe the impact of listening to the songs of PHONOFLaKES. Beats that strike the heart, melodies that cling to one's ears and can't be blown away even by the brute force of guitars. It's indeed a sublime combination of Alternative Rock and Pop which makes it hard to decide whether to storm the dance floor, or to simply remain listening ‐ fascinated and deeply lost in thoughts.