New Phoenix Album Title Bankrupt! Rich With Meaning
March 21, 2013
French indie rockers Phoenix will release Bankrupt!, the follow-up to their breakthrough 2009 album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, on April 23. In a new interview with MTV News, the band discusses choosing the striking album title, with guitarist Laurent Brancowitz saying, "We happened to be having this exploration of the limit between good and bad, and, you now, when you're working in perfume, if you take only beautiful flowers that smell very good, the end result is a very boring perfume. You need some stinking things to make something interesting, and we so we were attempting to find an appropriate title, with little success."
Brancowitz says the group considered naming the album Lawsuit! or Death!, before deciding on Bankrupt!, complete with an exclamation point. "We looked for all the beautiful words, and we got bored; and then we looked for the frightening, powerful words, and then we got excited."
The band also revealed that lead single "Entertainment" was inspired by North and South Korea. Brancowitz told MTV News, "When we wrote this song, we we're thinking of Korea a lot, and when we thought about the video, we knew we wanted to do something about South and North Korea. And we talked with Patrick Daughters, the video's director, and he told us about the K-Dramas, the soap operas of Korea; his mother is a big fan, so he knew them very well. And so we know we could put all the themes into something more entertaining and pop and Warhol-esque. We didn't want it to be ironic; we just wanted to use this particular form of poetry."
When asked if they had any plans to visit North Korea, a la former NBA star Dennis Rodman, singer Thomas Mars joked, "I'm not sure if we want to be like Dennis Rodman at this point. I think there would have to be a lot of plastic surgery involved."