We're sharing insights from the songs on our new album 'Rainbow Coloured Dynamite'. What are the songs about? Where did the songs come from?
'Very Very Long Time' with it's weird plonky carnival feel, has Naomi Black on female lead, singing about an all-time favourite theme – frustrating, soul-destroying Unrequited Love.
In this song we step inside the mind of a woman who is waiting patiently for the object of her love to be co-joined with her.
She's crying, she' burning up. The haunting repeated lyrics song 'but my wait will end, time is my friend' hints at a futile pointlessness as her thoughts loop and loop in a downward spiral. A repeated whistle is placed inside the song to help wake her up, give her an alarm bell. But it doesn't work, she's stuck in a never-ending carnival of self-deception.
She is waiting for her life to start but by the end of the song you get the sad sense that she's going to be waiting forever. Or not, will her commitment to love bring her a happy ending?
We're sharing some insights from the songs on our new album 'Rainbow Coloured Dynamite'. What are the songs about? Where did the songs come from?
We have to talk about 'Cab Ride'. The response to this song from our fans has been overwhelming.
Ever been out partying into the wee hours of the morning and you've been having the best night of your life. Nights like that can get messy, can't they? Then you realise you've lost your friends, you've lost your phone and the daylight is starting to creep onto the horizon and now you just want to get home. But then you've got to face the cab line!
It's a fun, pacey tune that at it's most basic is a subtle ode to the pioneers of Australian rock. Drummer Richard Ploog from The Church and Adrian the keyboardist from Icehouse joined John's band The Unclaimed in 1993 (The Neo Now's John Jones).
INXS – one of the most successful Australian bands of all time, behind ACDC - join Australian bands and artists – like Dami who we saw perform a few years ago, who is an incredibly soulful spiritual artist – who are rocking the world in timeless creativity.
Huge respect for all the Aussie pub rock geniuses upon whose shoulders artists are rising up today – The Lime Spiders (Mick Blood we love that you got so successful, you inspired us, John knew him in Newtown Sydney in the late 90s), The Radiators, The Sunny Boys, Spy vs Spy, Radio Birdman...
We're moved to share with you insights from the songs on our new album 'Rainbow Coloured Dynamite'. What are the songs about? Where did the songs come from?
First up in this article series, is a grooving song called 'Fly'. It's seriously one of our favourites on the album – many a summer evening we danced to it full bore on A-list repeat rotation in our water-fountain mood-lit sun room at Gypsy Hill studios.
Our fans are telling us that off the album they love 'Cab Ride' and 'Rainbow Coloured Dynamite' but we do love, love, love 'Fly'.
The image that comes to our minds – in prepping for the video clip – is of a guy surfing on his own coffin, it's like he's in between worlds, getting ready to return to the sky. To fly like dream flying, like the way he flew through his life, with a sense of freedom and lightness and love but with a driving sense of commitment to doing what was the right thing to do throughout his whole life – he never walked away from his duty, even if at times that duty was experienced as a burden.
But the burden of leaving loved ones behind haunts his departure from this world. The song's key message is 'it's all about how they remember you'. And there at his funeral are all the people who loved him, who were influenced by his strong values and who live on with that same commitment. We fly.
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