Founded by Dean Lombard as Separation Street in 1999, the inner-Melbourne rock-pop quartet steadily evolved through several personnel and name changes until the current line-up consolidated as The Phosphenes in the spring of 2005. With three prolific songwriters from diverse musical backgrounds, their eclectic yet cohesive repertoire evokes familiar flavours of 60s, 70s, and 90s rock while embodying a strident originality.
The Phosphenes are:
Their first release was the six-track EP Long Story Short in 2005. Shortly after this they largely disbanded and while they reformed with some new members in 2007 and resumed performing regularly in and around Melbourne, they didn’t return to the studio until late 2012, releasing their first full-length studio album Halflight in 2013. That was followed by double-A-side single No Through Road / America, released early in 2018 shortly ahead of their second album Finally, a Friendly Shore.
In 2019, Long Story Short was remastered by Jason Cutler and Dean Lombard, and released as a digital-only EP in 2020 – the first time these songs have been available on streaming and download sites. In 2021, Jason mixed and (with Dean) mastered a multitrack recording of a May 2019 gig at the Saint Hotel, St Kilda. This was released as a Bandcamp-only exclusive download and features some new songs not otherwise available, in addition to a bunch of songs already available in studio versions on the EP and albums.
Currently the band is working on new material for their next LP, and playing a few shows in pubs and bars around Melbourne from time to time.