A New World

by Damien Binder

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‘A NEW WORLD’ IS THE NEW ALBUM FROM ACCOMPLISHED SYDNEY-BASED SINGER/SONGWRITER DAMIEN BINDER.

This album, Binder’s fourth long-player, showcases his effortless ability to swing from soulful hymn-like ballads to moody rock and country-tinged numbers. The ten new songs find him in an expectant and buoyant frame of mind with meditations on destiny hope and rejuvenation. The chiming melodic guitars, combined with Binder’s compelling voice and lyrics, make for a dynamic and stirring collection of tunes.

Recorded in both Australia and New Zealand, the album features significant contributions from Sydney producer Michael Carpenter (Perry Keyes, Youth Group, Bryan Estepa) as well as long-time collaborator Bob Shepheard, legendary NZ drummer Wayne Bell (Bic Runga, Tim Finn, Dave Dobbyn, Gin Wigmore), guitarist Dave Hatt (Bryan Estepa Band) and Kylie Whitney providing backing vocals.

Binder says of the sessions: “Working on this album with the aforementioned group has been a privilege and a blast. There have been many inspiring moments from beginning to end - what you always hope for in the studio! Personally, it’s always been about having strong songs and the ten here are some meaningful ones to me - I hope that comes across”.

ABOUT DAMIEN BINDER
Singer-songwriter Damien Binder has been writing and recording his original style of moody alt-rock for the last ten years.

Since his self-titled debut album in 2000, Damien has gone on to perform both nationally and internationally while also supporting some of the world’s leading acts. He has played at the SxSW festival in Austin Texas, World Series showcase in Auckland and supported the likes of David Gray, Marianne Faithfull and Ani De Franco. His music has also been featured on numerous compilation albums.

In 2003 Damien was one of five finalists in the prestigious New Zealand APRA Silver Scroll Award for Songwriting. He was also a finalist in the 2005 & 2015 International Song Writing Competitions as well as the 2015 Unsigned Only Music Competition. To this day Damien’s music is regularly featured on the soundtrack for long running popular NZ TV Series ‘Shortland Street’.

Damien’s brand of thoughtful, melodic songwriting has drawn much praise and comparison from reviewers.

QUOTES ON HIS LAST ALBUM ‘WHILE THE WIND’S AT YOUR BACK’

“Binder has a definite knack for writing unobtrusively catchy tunes and melodic hooks are everywhere on this album…Binder and his band have produced an album that could sit among the best ‘songwriter’ albums of the NZ music canon” - Amanda Mills, NZ Musician

“There is simply no doubting the talent of New Zealand singer/songwriter Damien Binder. As we have come to expect from him, his third album is a great listen” – David Griffiths, Media Search

“Binder certainly hasn’t betrayed his ability to pull out a memorable hook, an ascending/descending vocal line imbued with heartfelt melancholy, and songs propelled by strong power-pop tendencies… Musical reference points might be the poprock/alt.country axis of Ryan Adams, Pete Yorn, Gary Louris/Jayhawks and (lesserly so, I think) Neil Finn…There’s a mature, reflective quality in these lyrics, sometimes with an amusingly romantic and teen-adult twist” – Graham Reid, Elsewhere

Prior to pursuing his solo musical career, Damien fronted rock band Second Child for five years who shot to NZ fame with their debut album “Slinky”. The band also played many esteemed support slots for acts such as The Jesus and Mary Chain, Fugazi, Hunters and Collectors and, most famously, Nirvana on their only NZ tour.

A constant live solo performer in Sydney in the last few years, Damien has been quietly honing what he believes to be some of his best material for solo album number four. Of the new recordings Damien says, “I’m really excited by the new songs and feel we have tapped into some rich stuff on this one”.

DISCOGRAPHY:
A New World (2016) • While The Wind’s At Your Back (2009) • Til Now (2004) • Damien Binder (2000)

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released March 3, 2016

A NEW WORLD - CREDITS:

Damien Binder – vocals & guitar
Bob Shepheard – bass, guitars, keyboards & vocals
Michael Carpenter – guitars, keyboards & vocals
Dave Hatt – guitars
Wayne Bell - drums
Kylie Whitney – backing vocals

Produced by Bob Shepheard & Michael Carpenter

Recorded through 2014-2015 at Serendipity Studios, Birkdale Auckland NZ and Love HZ Studios, Leichhardt, Sydney Australia

Mixed by Michael Carpenter at Love HZ Studios
Mastered by Rick O’Neil at Turtlerock Mastering Studios, Leichhardt, Sydney

Artwork and design by Mark Roach / Photos by Jaime Smalley - jpdsmalley.com

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Since his self-titled debut album in October 2000, Damien has gone on to perform both nationally and internationally while also supporting some of the world’s leading acts including David Gray, Marianne Faithfull & Ani De Franco.
A finalists in the prestigious APRA Silver Scroll Songwriting Awards he has so far released 3 solo albums and is working on the 4th currently for release late 2015.
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Track Name: a new world
A NEW WORLD

i used to be less cynical
dice would roll more whimsical
truth be told I’ve lost my way
standing now in that place
where all you see is your face
and every line is on parade

and here i am with you
choosing to stand with you
my old world melts away
down a road we go
no one really knows
to a new world
a new world

i used to pause
contemplate
the range so wide and open
the divide so great
i used to hold what’s far away
now i wheel my life around
i drift through empty towns
wary of others
in the background they fade

and here i am with you
choosing to stand with you
my old world melts away
down a road we go
no one really knows
to a new world
a new world

days will come to follow
where there’s nothing left but to
take that pledge
i’ll see you again tomorrow
i hope

your burden’s never hollow
at the foot of our bed where you lay your head
i’ll see you again to tomorrow
i know
Track Name: breaking beyond me
BREAKING BEYOND ME

i’m the one hope you never tire of
cos you’re the one i knew i could rely upon
so we run leaping in the lion’s den
never knowing, if we’d ever come out again

breaking beyond me
is a wave of promise
a wandering star out far leading me on it’s
keeping me honest when I’m not the strongest
it’s a mystery for now
will i ever work it out?

fall into work in the main by accident
and accidents i’ve been avoiding ever since
years go by and the game it changes some
got to keep the beat of your own drum

pounding beyond me
is a wave of promise
a wandering star out far blazing beyond it’s
keeping me honest when i’m not the strongest
it’s a mystery for now
do you ever work it out?

driving rain once filled my days
glorious sun now takes its place
when at times it seemed so dim
count my friends i feel the joy
can’t make any other choice
i only sense the love you bring
and it’s sinking in…

breaking beyond me
a wandering star out far beaming down on this
keeping me honest when i’m not the strongest
it’s a mystery for now
hope I never work it out
it’s a mystery for now
hope I never work, work it out
Track Name: evergreen
EVERGREEN

got to keep it under wraps
got to keep it on the downlow baby
nobody knows where i’m at day to day
i could slip between the cracks
could be gone and you’d never see me back
heaven knows where i’m at day to day

is there a reason
we don’t fall to pieces
as the mighty wind blows?

evergreen you’re hanging in there
no matter how it rolls
at times it got so low
never be far from your care
with all you bring evergreen

something wakes you in the night
then and there ain’t the time to put it right
things come clear come the light of day
got you wound up so tight
you’ve got it wrong
and you’re spoiling for a fight
good intentions sometimes go astray

still those branches,
they must hold the answers
swaying in the winter breeze

evergreen you’re hanging in there
no matter how it rolls
at times it got so low
never be far from your care
with all you bring evergreen

dreamt of you again
dreamt you were a stranger not a friend
and all my sins were coming back to shame me
i listened for the sound
of my body crashing to the ground
morning broke and i awoke unscathed

we’re only here for
a mere few years so
you know i got a lot to see and do

evergreen you’re hanging in there
no matter how it rolls
at times it got so low
never be far from your care
with all you bring evergreen

i’ve never seen one so fair
with all you bring evergreen
it’s all you bring evergreen
Track Name: i won't let you down again
I WON’T LET YOU DOWN AGAIN

i saw you yesterday
and my mind flew straight away
to the last episode before we broke
you were standing in the street
you were talking trash to me
as far as moments go, it was a low

now it’s making some sense
i need you off of the fence
hey
must you always play to win
and time won’t begin
til we’re laughing again
hey
won’t you let me try again
hey
i won’t let you down again

the years have been kind to you
you’re still turning a head or two
you got what it takes, there’s no mistake
been steady on a winding track
ending up just where i started at
no better off or worse i’m just the same

now it’s making some sense
i need you off of the fence
hey
you were on the losing end
and time won’t begin
til we’re laughing again
hey
won’t you let me try again
hey
won’t you let me try again
hey
i won’t let you down again

summers on the sand
never left my mind
summers like we had
only grew in time
the time we were released
time we were released

now it’s making some sense
i need you off of the fence
hey
you were on the losing end
cos time won’t begin
til we’re laughing again
hey
won’t you let me try again
hey
won’t you let me try again
hey
i won’t let you down again
Track Name: it's you i came back for
IT’S YOU I CAME BACK FOR

give it time and don’t give up
don’t say enough is enough
you’re the one who seldom
drank from the cup
but you never failed to fill it up
made the distant seem so close
together not alone
again

set it free set it right
there’s a road in sight
to the light at your door
it’s you i came back for

there’s a tree that i climb
atop the view stretches for miles
all the fragments of my soul
together not alone
again

set it free set it right
there’s a road in sight
to the light at your door
return anew and evermore
set it down and set it close
i’ve given up the ghost
i’ve chased mirages by the score
it’s you
i came back for

it’s you and you alone
all the time i’ve known
lost you once now i won’t
ever let go
Track Name: over
OVER

i was hoping you would free me
hoping you wouldn’t turn me down
like all the liars and the freeloaders in this wretched night
spilling out on the sidewalk

now I’m back on the ropes with a smile and a joke
acting like i don’t care for a crowd that ain’t there
you’re in that a-line skirt pushing the buttons that hurt
i used to drink from the well and now it’s hotter than hell

since i was wrong you’ve been looking so right
and now that it’s over it’s taking me over

you were holding a secret
you were counting on the best in me
content with all the dead and dying parts
and my fool heart, made a home for itself right there

now I’m back on the ropes with a smile and a joke
acting like i don’t care for the crowd that ain’t there
you’re in that a-line skirt pushing the buttons that hurt
i used to drink from the well and now it’s hotter than hell

since i was wrong you’ve been looking so right
and now that it’s over it’s taking me over
jumping the gun but i’m running behind
now that it’s over it’s taking me over

ready now to be reborn
and erase all i’ve been before
i could hold my breath and fall
all my world’s a tired race
trade it all for your quiet grace
is there still a resting place? i don’t know
to come in from the cold

now i’m back on the ropes with a smile and a joke
acting like i don’t care for a crowd that ain’t there
you’re in that a-line skirt pushing the buttons that hurt
i used to drink from the well and now it’s hotter than hell

now i’m back on the ropes with a smile and a joke
acting like i don’t care for a crowd that ain’t there
you’re in that a-line skirt pushing the buttons that hurt
i used to drink from the well but now i can’t break the spell

jumping the gun but i’m running behind
now that it’s over it’s taking me over
under the gun always running behind
now that it’s over it’s taking me over
since i was wrong you’ve been looking so right
now that it’s over it’s taking me over
under the gun always running behind
now that it’s over it’s taking me over
since i was wrong you’ve been looking so right
now that it’s over it’s taking me over
it’s taking me over
Track Name: ships sail out
SHIPS SAIL OUT

i remember so plainly
a lazy summer of court and spark
tripping over to impress
each other at the start

rosy cheeked in the gloaming
the wine lingered like an e street tune
said i could die right now
and you were happy too

come a way’s now
since that bright debut
to belong now
where music fills the room
known some hard ground
you held yours through and through
all the ships sail out
they carry home to you

so began the winter
the wettest since I don’t know when
mildew growing on all we owned
and you beneath my skin

i remember if you don’t
looking on at the fire we’d made
saying “we’re so much stronger
when we’re together babe”

come a way’s now
since that bright debut
to belong now
where music fills the room
known some hard ground
you held yours through and through
all the ships sail out
they carry home to you

hold on to that tune my love
there’s stranger tides sweeping in on us
try and pick it up
where we left off
try and pick it up

come a way’s now
since that bright debut
to belong now
where music fills the room
known some hard ground
you held yours through and through
all the ships sail out
they carry home to you
Track Name: slide
SLIDE

taking baby steps it’s morning
never been one to rise and shine
some wait a life and miss their calling
i’m happy to make the train on time

pet sounds blaring out i just wasn’t made
for these times think i’ll pass and come back again
but i’m here so i’ll thrill you just the same
if you’re biting down on your lip
looking round for something to hit

when we’re alone
when we’re alone
so still so fine
when we’re alone
i’m overthrown
happy to let it slide

let down by an expectation
was it real at any time?
some need a daily confrontation
just to make ‘em feel alive

pet sounds blaring out i just wasn’t made
for these times think i’ll pass and come back again
but i’m glad to have you by the way
when i’m biting down on my lip
looking round for something to hit

when we’re alone
when we’re alone
so still so fine
when we’re alone
i’m overthrown
happy to let it slide

she says you know exactly what to say
she’s says you know exactly what to do
i might be a little quick on the comeback sometimes
but i haven’t got a clue

no sir
no sir

when we’re alone
when we’re alone
so still so fine
when we’re alone
i’m overthrown
happy to let it slide
happy to let it slide
happy to let it slide
Track Name: what you call your own
WHAT YOU CALL YOUR OWN

the recipe we started from
flavours seem to linger on
tasted, how they grow

a summer spent, a framed delight
a picture for a winter’s night
hold it, watch it glow
watch it glow

what you call your own
is never set in stone
when time keeps slipping through
and so on a wind we’re blown
to destinies unknown
with not so much to prove
and nothing to lose

standing in the doorway there
a vision stands to blind my stare
you breath in, nothing moves

count the things you’ve helped me find
this quiet place within my mind
alone here, i live with you
I live with you

what you call your own
is never set in stone
when time keeps slipping through
and so on a wind we’re blown
to destinies unknown
with not so much to prove
and nothing to lose

if what we think we know is wrong
and we can’t see where we belong
this present here with you lasts
beyond
lasts beyond
Track Name: way gone
WAY GONE

excuse me, do you mind?
i’m trying to work here
i can’t think what I’ve done
all I do is stare

now did you say that I’m alright?
i can’t think what I’ve done
i tell myself one day you’ll wake
and see you’ve got it wrong

is your heart in this?
cos I can deal with it
is it just for fun?
or is it something more?

i’m way gone
i should be taking my time but
way gone
couldn’t stop if i tried
way gone
no point in trying to turn me around
way gone
way too long

fortune favours the bold
somebody said
what you took on when you took me
you must’ve been right out of your head

this soul’s a wreck
it’s broke and bent
it’ll take some setting straight
i tell myself the day will break
when you take it anyway

is your heart in this?
cos i can deal with it
is it just for fun?
or is it something more?

i’m way gone
i should be taking my time but
way gone
couldn’t stop if i tried
way gone
no point in trying to turn me around
way gone
way too long

i’ve crashed and burned
in the past i’ve learned
not to show my hand
now i’m not afraid to land