Phoenix Bought Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” Recording Console To Mix New Album

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Bankrupt!, the forthcoming album from French band Phoenix, has something in common with Michael Jackson’s legendary 1982 full-length, Thriller: Both records share the same recording console.

According to an interview with Phoenix frontman Thomas Mars in the New Yorker (via Pitchfork), the band’s guitarist Laurent Brancowitz stumbled across the Harrison 4032 solid-state console on eBay, where it was being sold by the owner of a Christian music studio in Fullerton, California.

“The most mysterious part to me was that no one else– no nerd or music engineer or memorabilia freak– seemed to want it,” Mars said, adding that the seller, studio owner Clayton Rose, was “a little spooky.”

Phoenix “liked the idea of working with a consecrated artifact, as well as having something strange upon which to fixate between albums,” Thomas said, and the band was able to secure the board for a reasonable $17,000, almost half the asking price of $32,000.

The 1,100 lb. board was shipped to Paris, where it was used to mix what will be the group’s fifth studio album, due for release in April of this year.

In addition to the band’s headlining date at Coachella, Phoenix has lined up a string of tour dates along the West Coast of North America, starting in Vancouver, BC, Canada on March 28th, hitting Seattle, Portland, and Las Vegas on their way to Indio, CA, for both Coachella weekends in April. Those shows will be followed by appearances at the Jazz & Heritage Festival in New Orleans and the Sweetlife Festival in Maryland.

-Scott T. Sterling, CBS Local

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