The Phonies

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The Phonies
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Risto Lehtomaa and Tom Stenman of the Phonies in Aug, 2004
Background information
Origin Ykspihlaja, Kokkola, Finland
Genres Alternative rock, Indie rock, Psychedelic rock
Years active 2002 to present
Labels Motley, Money Laundry Records, Double D Records
Associated acts The Refreshments (FIN), Mental Market, The Mies, Jeavestone
Members Tom Stenman, Risto Lehtomaa, Joni Tiala, Pekka Hietalahti and Ville Keiski
Past members Tommi Lahtonen
Jukka Kääntä
Masi Isohanni
Jari-Pekka Kola

The Phonies are a Finnish rock band formed in Ykspihlaja, Kokkola in 2002. The band's members are vocalist Tom Stenman, guitarist Risto Lehtomaa, and bassist Pekka Hietalahti. The Phonies is coupled around the songwriting partnership of Tom Stenman and Risto Lehtomaa, who have been working together since the late 1980s. In addition to The Phonies, Stenman and Lehtomaa are known from the late Finnish guitar pop band called The Refreshments, which released a few singles and one album during the 1990s. Indie critics highly acclaimed The Refreshments[1] attracted international attention and they made mini tour with UK indie band Mega City Four. The Refreshments broke up during the recording sessions of their second album. After a few years of musical separation this characteristic songwriter duo reunited in the form of The Phonies. The band developed a more organic musical style as they drifted away from the sound of power pop, helping to develop the characteristic rock sound which drew its strength from the 70's psychedelia and musical influences such as The Bevis Frond, Roky Erickson and Kevin Ayers.[2] Stenman's lyrics are known for being whimsical and somewhat cryptic. Stenman's soul-searching and intense vocals combined to Lehtomaa's sense of the style and melody forms the core of The Phonies music.[2][3]


Former members



Title Label Date of Release
Instant Elation Motley Nov 2004
Gran Tourettes Money Laundry Jun 2006


Title Label Date of Release
Gospel Money Laundry Mar 2006
The Phonies II Money Laundry Feb 2003
The Phonies I Money Laundry May 2002

Compilations & Live Recordings[edit]

  • Drug Buddies: A Tribute To The Lemonheads (Double D Records, 2006)[4]
  • The Power Pop Overthrow vol. 1 (272 Records, 2007)[5]


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