French band (1995-present) who have functioned as backing band for Air. In 92, Laurent Brancowitz worked with Guy Manuel de Homem Cristo and Thomas Bangalter, future members of the band Daft-Punk. Their music has been featured in films such as Lost in Translation, directed by Sofia Coppola (who is the leader’s partner). Formed in 1999, Phoenix became an underground hit with the loungy, mellow and unpretentious sound heard on their 2000 debut album United. Their biggest hits, “Too Young” and “If I Ever Feel Better” (major hit in France) propelled the album to enough success to grant the band a contract for a second album, Alphabetical, released in 2004. The four Parisians have since released a new album called It’s Never Been Like That. The album contains ten new songs. Thomas Hedlund from the Perishers played drums during their last recording and tour.