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...
Whoa, put the brakes on this world – we want to get the next cab ride out. We've been social media observers for some time now and our conclusion is that the world of Facebook has made us all a little more contrived and 'presented' than we all used to be. How can we all really get to know each other? The more we interact via social media, the more isolated we are becoming as a society. Don't get us wrong, Facebook has been great for a great many things.
One of our songs 'Will I Ever Know?' is about wondering if you'll ever find true love, the love and laughter of a soul-mate lover. But it's not just about romantic love – it can also be about the intimate love of friendship. We reflect all the time about trust and friendship. We believe in being people of our word, reliable, trustworthy – but not in a big egoic 'hey, look at how trusted we are' way, it's more about principles and old Australian values of mateship. And we always expect people around us to do the same.
One simple guideline is to do what you say you are going to do. But the social pressures around social media mean that a lot of people feel like they can't express their authentic selves. How can you build authentic trust with others and have the depth of friendship and love that completes us all when you present a smoke screen? We don't want you to ask: Will I Ever Know? We want you to know.
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