The French group Phoenix draws elements from their eclectic ’80s upbringing to arrive at a satisfying blend of rock and synthesizers. The group got its touring start on the French bar circuit doing Hank Williams and Prince covers to drunken audiences. Two years later the band took on the name Phoenix and pressed 500 copies of a single on its own label, Ghettoblaster. The A-side was a punk rock song and the other a chugging Krautrocker, hinting at their eclectic tastes. United, the group’s debut album was recorded over two months. From that point, they issued Alphabetical, It’s Never Been Like That, and their mainstream breakthrough, the critically adored Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. Part of the extended break between the third and fourth albums was due to Vocalist Thomas Mars becoming a father (with his partner, director Sofia Coppola). Soon after finishing the Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix tour, the band embarked on some experimental recording sessions. They continued in Paris the following year and completed recording with the help of co-producer Phillipe Zdar, then mixed the songs on the console used to mix Michael Jackson’s Thriller, which the band bought online for $17,000. The result, Bankrupt!, appeared near the time of the band’s headlining gig at the Coachella Festival. Mars says that even though Phoenix spent years on a major label, he and his bandmates have maintained an indie mentality.