Groove-based guitar riffs combined with hard rocking danceable drumbeats is the particular style of Electro-Rock created by Phoenix, a band formed in Versailles, FRANCE, in the late '90s by lead singer Thomas Mars, guitarist + keyboardist Laurent Brancowitz, guitarist + drummer Christian Mazzalai and bassist + keyboardist Deck D'Arcy.
In 2000, the group released their first album, "United", which contained the European minor hit single "If I Ever Feel Better".
"Alphabetical" was Phoenix's sophomore album, trailing their debut by nearly four years. The disc charted on the Scandinavian top 10.
"It's Never Been Like That" followed in May 2006, this was the band's first album that broke the top 40 in their native France.
Exactly three years later, in May 2009, Phoenix issued its fourth effort, "Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix", which proved to be their most commercially successful album, earning much international attention from fans and critics alike. For instance, the first single, "1901", peaked at #1 on the U.S. Hot Modern Rock chart while the album itself hit the top 20 in France, Canada, Australia and landed into the top 40 of The Billboard 200. In America "1901" also crested at #3 on The Rock Songs list and was followed by another big hit, "Lisztomania", which rose to #4 on The Alternative Songs and #5 on The Rock Songs charts. The final single, "Lasso", became the band's third Alternative Songs top 40 hit and eventually "Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix" was awarded a Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album.
In April 2013 the French Electro alt-Rock quartet released their fifth album, "Bankrupt!", which marked a slight departure from their recent Pop-oriented releases and focused on their more experimental side. It debuted at #14 on the British Sales chart and hit #4 on The Billboard 200; the disc's poppy opening track, "Entertainment", was the first single pulled from the CD and it peaked at #11 on The Hot Modern Rock list. The second single, "Trying To Be Cool", went into the top 10 on the same chart.