Damien Binder

by Damien Binder

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about

Debut self-titled album released in 2000. After the amicable break up of my first band Second Child a few years prior, I had a bunch of new songs that needed a home. It was a scary proposition, having been part of a gang for many years. Suddenly I was by myself and having to make decisions without the comfort of committee.
Still with the gentle prodding and encouragement of my dear friend Bob Shepheard who produced, I set sail. It turns out he was more terrified than I was at the prospect. He hid it well however and the sessions were some of the best times in (or out) of a studio ever.
We made a few videos for some of the songs with friend Jonathan King (Black Sheep) directing. One for the track "Good As Gone" won an award in NZ.

Some other people liked the record too:

“We’ve long had a senior squad of Kiwi singer- songwriters as favourite musical sons. Welcome the new boy with an album that deserves the same sort of respect.” NZ Herald

credits

released August 8, 2000

Damien Binder - vocals and guitars
Bob Shepheard - guitars, bass, keys, loops and vocals.
Damon Newton - additional guitar by Damon Newton on tracks 8 & 9

Produced by Bob Shepheard
Recorded at Serindipity Studios, Auckland New Zealand
Mixed and Mastered by Steve Garden at Garden Shed Studios,
Auckland New Zealand

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Damien Binder Australia

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: Stray Banter
stray banter

i get up on my own
i take off in my car
i’m passing you in the street
you’re acting up for me
if you were tired i’d stroke your head
my love i’d put you to rest
with a song in your ear
til you tell me to shut up dear

stray banter
get me through
days to ridiculous to be true
humour me in my black mood
i won’t worry now
so don’t you

coming home, crashing out
think it’s best to keep away
give my time i’ll come around
to the freshness of your way

stray banter
get me through
days to ridiculous to be true
humour me in my black mood
i won’t worry now
so don’t you

did you know, i’m an old man sometimes
take me out for a stroll
i’m over here but I’m not all there - oh no
i’m bursting with you
i still know a trick or two
Track Name: Freeze
freeze

getting closer to you
a little more each day
take me to your secret
your secret hiding place
you’re charming
disarming me
in the most unnerving way
all the while i’m running out
of clever things to say

i freeze in the moment
when it comes down to it
freeze in the moment
when it comes down to it

strung out on a reason
i can’t work it out
can’t deny believing
afraid i’ll lose my doubt
stalling
you’re calling me
i can’t stay away
you always catch me out of breath
when there’s so much to say

i freeze in the moment
when it comes down to it
freeze in the moment
when it comes down to it
Track Name: Good As Gone
good as gone

the joyride
you never came off
higher than anyone
i got out
just in time
while it was fun
while it was fun

you picked up
where we left off
full on
going for broke
dug in for safety’s sake
still on the shelf
still on the shelf

after hello
what’s there to say?
i’ll bump into you again

turning the page
cut it all
down to size
look into eyes that shone
good as gone
good as gone

don’t need any help
well past the due-by date
just one last score
then back away
Track Name: Who's Around
who’s around

had me so fooled
had me all mixed up
waiting for the punch line
that never seemed to come
turn on the rain and now
we’re soaked to the skin
there’s still a crowd hanging at your door
begging to get in

who’s around
morning come and let you down
static blaring out
who’s around
lift the lid live underground
tell me who’s around

are you tired of the brittle game
up with the sun like a starter’s gun
slink back home again
clear to see there’s still a space to fill
you’re shoving everything inside
none can fill the bill

who’s around
morning come and let you down
static blaring out
who’s around
lift the lid live underground
tell me who’s around

i just can’t be sure
of what you’re laying at my feet
none of these keys
fit that lock anymore
there’s something i haven’t seen
someone i’ve yet to meet
Track Name: Slow Dive
slow dive

slow dive
descending
blue surrounds
seconds slow
miles above
in wonder
where are you now
down below

it’s warm
inside
hope in green eyes

steel hum
of engines
fading out
it’s just my thoughts
i know you like
surprises
i took the chance not to call

it’s warm inside
hope in green eyes
let me see them

all my dark anticipation
slowly melting
it drifts into the haze
the murmur
of my reservations
still and silent
far away
Track Name: Turn Me Round
turn me round

i want to believe
you’re telling me
the truth
i need to see
behind your eyes
inside your mind

turn me round
i must be ready now
turn me round
i must be ready now

play wait and see
it always seemed
so good to me
i had a dream
you washed your hands
you turned your back

turn me round
i must be ready now
turn me round
i must be ready now

what is it you want?
tell me now
i’d give it up
if I knew how
Track Name: Long Run
long run

days are long
don’t mind if I’m wrong
just watch and see
where it leads
maybe time will heal
bring some relief

here in the summer sun
even if winter comes
shine on till day is done
in for the long run

sleep tight
don’t try to put it to rights
don’t take the weight
destiny will be what it will be
it’s never late

here in the summer sun
even if winter comes
shine on til day is done
in for the long run

now you know
there’s a reason
to keep this in our sights
watch it grow
through the seasons
pay no mind to time
Track Name: Unspoken
unspoken

bleary-eyed rise and shine
i know you won’t be gentle
so what if I’m sick and tired
you’ll be flying high as a kite

come on in
i’m just useless
when you grin
come on now
get dressed up
we’re going out

day spent
wonder where the hell it went
laughing, smoking
it’s ok
when I can’t communicate
it’s unspoken

got that foot in mouth disease
can’t seem to keep it to myself
would you stay for one more drink
think i’ve upset everyone else

come on in
you could sell me
anything
come on now
could I ever
turn you down

if you want to get away
i’ve got time
if you need a little space
to feel fine
let’s take off for a day
Track Name: Doubtless
doubtless

little miss frivolous
warms my heart just fine
puts me through her paces
to see if I run a mile

slips on a pink frock
gets high on patsy cline
waits til tragedy starts
to sound like a whine

she’d like to get away
take a holiday
out of the public gaze
work it out
feeling a little fazed
just not myself today
put it all back in place
without a doubt

won’t put you on
although it would be easy
i’d be so wrong
to loosen my grip
on one so strong
whose intentions never falter
so i’m patient – that’s me yeah
waiting for you

i’m doing back flips
holding my breath til I’m blue
she says that’s not bad –
can I get back to you?
Track Name: Big Sleep
big sleep

don’t thaw me out
i like the cold in here
chase away the summer sun
give me a thick black coat
to wrap up

all that’s dear to me

while they’re away
we’ve got the place to ourselves
it’s quiet now no-one’s around
so who are you? refresh me would you?

all that’s dear to me

and I resist
your words like progress
got a tiny itch
defying all logic

all that’s dear to me
caress me down to the big sleep
Track Name: Circumnavigate
circumnavigate

all the time i
kept my distance
till you drifted
out of sight
cursing all my
own indifference
you were fool
enough to fight

circumnavigate
change of course that comes too late
much too slow to turn around
we’re forever losing ground

hesitating
slowly sinking
high-brow veil
behind is frail
trace a thin line
round your border
through your studied line
of defense

circumnavigate
change of course that comes too late
much too slow to turn around
we’re forever losing ground

hold together
stay the same
hoping never
to fly
away
Track Name: Syncopated
syncopated

swimming to the surface
to the sunrise in your face
hold on to the moment
to that clear shot of grace

there’s no time
to analyse
if it could break

here in the commotion
of a busy working day
still hearing your laughter
and watching you play

there’s no time
to analyse
if it could break
let’s take our time
‘cos we’re ok

when we’re parted
syncopated
only one breath away
right on target
open hearted
never missing a beat

it could take forever
sifting through the ash
i don’t want to drag out
secrets from your past
if you should change your mind
and you’re inclined
i’m not going anywhere
Track Name: Smoke Signals
smoke signals

take out the day
break it open
shake up the snow
in our little dome
make a hell of a scene
on christmas eve
it’s about time

you’re sky
pure cinemascope
draws me in
swallows me whole

smoke signals rise
looking just like
clouds in the sky
sinking below
time to go
to the rescue

growing tired
wasting chances
peering through a keyhole
on brilliant summer days
floating ideals
from one day, to the next
when it could be fine

our love
like a foreign language
confusing though
we mean the same thing

hey you - you took your time again
what i most need
is a guarantee