Til Now

by Damien Binder

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Second solo album released in 2003.


“A rich weave of acoustic and electric guitars behind a voice that sounds vulnerable, yet has a strong confident core… carried along on strong tunes and blazing chord progressions. Singer songwriter albums of the standard of Damien Binder’s “Til Now” are few and far between.” Nick Bollinger – The Sampler

By RUSSELL BAILLIE (Herald rating: * * * *)

The usual path for the Kiwi bloke singer-songwriter is to have the legacy of a band or three behind him before striking out under his own name.

Even Greg Johnson was once a “Set”. Aucklander Damien Binder, whose voice isn’t unlike Johnson’s, and is here on his second solo album after his impressive self-titled 2000 debut, did his mid-90s time in the group Second Child, which didn’t really dent the national pop conscience.

But here Binder again proves that the personal approach agrees with him and his songs, on an album which ranges from toe-tapping pop- and country-rock to moody, heartfelt ballads.

If there’s a drawback it’s that the music sounds too even-tempered, and Binder’s voice can sound like he is again fronting a band rather than being the natural centre of attention.

However, if the production isn’t calling attention to itself, the songs soon shine through. Among the brightest are the optimistic opener Til Now, the rueful heart-on-sleeve Anytime, the Crowded House-ish A Day’s Grace, the country-hearted More Than You Could Know (helped by Dianne Swann’s sweet harmonies) and the equally dreamy pair of Take Me and the closing Passing Through.

It may lack that one standout track that might win him an extra spotlight, but that doesn’t stop Binder’s second being an album as convincing as its predecessor in its honest emotions and intelligent songcraft.

NZ MUSICIAN Vol 11 No.2 Oct/Nov 2003© NZ Musician magazine:

The August/Sept NZM promised it, and here it is, the second album from Auckland singer/songwriter Damien Binder. The 10 well crafted songs generally tackle the theme of relational issues, but with a few twists in the otherwise familiar thematic road.

Production is aided by Bob Shepheard and Steve Garden, who also respectively provide their bass and drum skills, among other talents. The collaboration is one of those production tem-ups that consistently produce good stuff, and this offering is certainly no exception. The nicely uncluttered arrangements see Binder’s very capable guitar augmented by that of Chris Van de Geer, who also handled mix duties.

I sometimes feel that an album that grabs me too quickly is also one I’ll get bored with quickly. Til Now took a wee while to warm to, which for me means it’s got depth and durability that will protect it from coffee-coaster status. This album may well herald Damien Binder as a name and sound we might be hearing more of on the airwaves – not at all a bad thing.

-Tim Page


released August 15, 2003

Damien Binder - vocals, guitar
Bob Shepheard - guitars, bass, keys and vocals
Steve Garden - drums
Dianne Swann - backing vocals on track 8
Chris Van de Geer - guitar on track 1 & 10

Produced by Bob Shepheard at Serendipity Studios, Auckland
New Zealand

Mixed by Chris Van de Geer
Mastered by Don Bartley at 301 Studios, Sydney Australia



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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: Til Now
til now

you’ve got a smile that shines
you’ve got a smile that says come in
and as I go through that door
i don’t want to leave

been keeping you on ice
been holding you at arm’s length
checking out my options
fighting off good sense

til now
i could say goodbye
until now i could say it
very well

don’t you run away
took my time but here we are
closer now than ever
to what we’ve never had

can you wait a little longer for me
i’m still in disbelief
close your eyes a little longer you’ll see
you’re my lasting relief
Track Name: Anytime

kicking back
in rewind
you’re still the one
i had in mind
wherever you are
don’t go too far

towards your face
i’m still inclined
so hurry up
and take your time
wherever you are
you’ll see my star

clear and bright
never far behind
should you find
people ain’t so kind
don’t think twice
or wait for a sign
come round anytime
i’d be yours anytime

it’s coming round
a second start
you won’t need
to guard your heart
whatever was bad
can’t you see past?

don’t pull out
of the race
take the best
cut and paste
what ever was said
you can’t stay mad

be safe tonight
i’m thinking of keeping you
on awhile
now we both agree
to disagree
that’s fine
i know you know I’m right
Track Name: Point and Shoot
point and shoot

so you’ve been around the block
hey i’m no saint myself
but i get the feeling when you look at me
you don’t see nobody else

i recall the dress you wore
it sparkled through the crowd
and i was busy dreaming up a scene
waiting to act it out

where have you been all my life?
what have I been doing with my time?
was I waiting for you
to point and shoot?

i never know just what to say
but you could be good for me
‘cos if i blow my lines and lose my way
it’s okay
you always know what i mean

i could see it through
that would be something to see
i’m so used to taking dives
when it takes some kind of leap
will it go our way
we’ll just have to wait and see
when you never know
just what you should take
or what you should leave

…will you stay with me?