After way too long Belle Phoenix finally steps out of the shadows and exposes, ‘The Glorious Dead’. This is her long-anticipated album that’s taken snapshots of her journey from Australia via New York and the UK to a Finland resident exploring her next challenge. Belle’s forte is collecting musicians and springboarding her honest songwriting with a chosen few band members that weave their influences into time using themes inspired by an investigation into the stories of war, politics, dead-end jobs, failed relationships, and clairvoyant dreams.
‘The Glorious Dead’ began in New York. Belle jumped at the chance to work with Mark Plati (Lou Reed/Bowie) leaving behind Sydney's 40-degree days and plunging into an N.Y. winter and recording at Alice's Restaurant where she and Mark worked to capture Belle’s vision. From these sessions emerged Livin’ Life Blues, Dead Inside! (Lost the dance), Maker Of The Man (inspired by camping in the Nevada Desert) and The Glorious Dead.
Returning home to Sydney, teaming with Trent Marden (The Holy Soul) brought a dark-country vibe, to Soul Killers. Dancing All The Time, & New York City was Belle’s first attempt at producing the tracks at Australia’s iconic Albert Music Studio, home of AC/DC. Always looking for fresh influences and sounds she headed to the UK where she played shows on a regular basis at almost every venue they had. She held down two part-time jobs at a laundrette and a burger place but found herself homeless after returning from the NXNE festival in Toronto.
With few options, Melbourne Australia, became Belle’s next base after meeting Melbourne guitarist, in London which led to the formation of The Subterranean Sea with musicians from both Brian Henry Hooper Band and Mick Harvey Band (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds). The final sessions for ‘The Glorious Dead’ were recorded in various studios around Melbourne, The songs were recorded at various studios in Melbourne including Alberts (home of AC/DC). The name of the band was spawned out of the alchemical process which reflects a cathartic, spontaneous capture of ideas from the depths of the subconscious and beyond.