Launch Pad: Phil Monsour

11 April 2012 | 10:51 am | Staff Writer

Phil Monsour talks about his new record Ghosts Of Deir Yassin.

Artist Name: Phil Monsour

Album Name: Ghosts Of Deir Yassin

How do you compare it to your previous studio work?

Building on the success of the home studio releases, Ghosts Of Deir Yassin is the first return to a commercial studio. The album was recorded at Wavelength Recording in Brisbane with the full band which features Jon Lloyd on drums, Ian Kimber on bass and Graham Jackson on guitar. The title track Ghosts Of Deir Yassin features Palestinian spoken word artist Rafeef Ziadah. The CD is a unique collection of anthem rock song and folk ballads combined to capture both the alarm and optimism of current times. The music is upbeat and a dynamic vehicle for Phil's unique lyrical concerns.

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Is it reflective of your live show or have you used the studio to enhance the material?

The band recorded the songs together in the studio and the recording captures the energy and commitment of the band on and off the stage.

What have you got lined up for the launch?

Special guests on the night include Mardi Lumsden, Ofa Fanaika and a special reformation gig of Brisbane folk stars Popproperly. In January 2012 Phil travelled to Jordan and Lebanon to film a video for the title track in a number of Palestinian refugee camps. There will be a sneak preview as well as other footage projected during the performance.

Phil Monsour launches Ghosts Of Deir Yassin at Souths Leagues Club, West End on Saturday 21 April.