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While The Wind's At Your Back

by Damien Binder

Breathing 04:12
breathing touched for a moment held on for awhile february to December memory that will smile if you could see the waves beneath me if I could heal and never have to feel at least we know separately we grow i will still be free i will still be breathing choosing my direction ticket from the past vapour trails behind me future’s coming fast fly away I’m getting out fly away don’t turn around fly away to find what you never doubt fly away don’t turn around don’t turn around
too late (to learn to crawl) restless and miles away my grand designs could fill a page just round the corner out of sight here’s to us and them make or break or will we bend? come out ahead just one time standing in silhouette empty trophies all my wind has got to fall light this fuse tonight setting off paradise too late to learn to crawl it’s getting deeper now if the light runs out i don’t know how i’m gonna make it through the dark i dreamt of promised gold a gift persistence would unfold well if it’s close tell me how far? you’re gonna know it when you see it just you wait we’re gonna turn heads we’ll see who’s laughing don’t hesitate hesitate
Really Want 03:52
really want i’m all you really want i’m not somebody that you want to hide the present could be history just take a moment that you haven’t tried now that you’re really here ask yourself are you ready for the ride? we’re heading into the sun sometime i know you’re gonna change your mind speak it out does it sound the same when you hear me call? Bring it down to a single frame alone on your wall i’m all you really want i’m all you really want i’m all you really want really want how much will you spend? how much time do you want to give away? platforms are made to wait your ride's here you know it’s gonna be today how long can I pretend there’s a fortune I could spend that’s right that’s right there’s a fortune I could spend...
Gotta Run 03:47
gotta run retreating from the city to a magic spot near the waves it’s somewhere undiscovered and we can fully misbehave away from all distractions laying down a blanket of peace held in your affections i never want to be released play it back a hundred times it’s still fresher than ever like a song come to my mind it never sounded better feel the sun that’s real summer sun stick around we’ll have some fun here and gone i could carry on but I know you’ve gotta run wade in a little further we’ll soon in be over our heads you were right behind me now you’re swimming for the shore instead to your lonely one will you come? from that gilded cage would you fly away? i’m still here I never went away we’re so similar are you still the same?
Not For Free 04:20
not for free your whole life ahead of you what are you gonna do? it’s screaming by so fast if you’re feeling uncertain i’d be a diversion you hardly need to ask precious stone out on loan missing what you’ve never known are you ready to turn around? are you ready to touch the ground? what is it that you think you’ve found? it’s here but not for free here’s your catalyst the thrill is on your lips tell me if I should go the stakes are getting high a fortune’s on the line and everybody knows precious stone out on loan he’s coming now to drive you home are you ready to turn around? are you ready to touch the ground? what is it that you think you’ve found? it’s here but not for free are you ready to make a move? are you slipping back in the groove? i’m guessing will it be soon? it’s here but not for free still in the box now still in the wrapping untouched barely i’m trying to be fairly fairly... good
Damage 04:09
damage roll on get your hat and your coat never mind what they said or what they wrote you’re ahead of the rest now I know you’ve only gotta satisfy your soul 'cause you know when the going gets rough what’s enough keeping all the damage out of sight and you flow through the hardest stuff like it’s not so tough keeping all the damage out of sight white noise background of other boys memory blurs the lines but you held your poise innocence is it still on parade? or is it just a moment you’ve delayed? run between the lines pathways through your mind together we can stand come to no mans land
take me under i could be your british blue centre of your stage scoop me up and take me to your place i like to be your summer song summer winter long while the city’s traffic roars and you’re gone so few faces that I see know the real me that’s where I will be diving for pearls take me under girl down to your world take me under i would sail your oceans true sheets into the wind let the angels wash away our sins we could make this journey last it’s coming on so fast time to drown the demons of the past there’s silence all around just the sound of you and me i know I can be found...
Only Chances 04:23
only chances time will take its toll on your eyes yes it will and life may pass you by if you try if you try a moment to be free if you can make it true i’ll take my chances standing here with you send me a sign burning just to shine thoughts of you fill my senses here you will find future standing by no regrets 0nly chances meaning comes to those who can see through the clouds so take it as it comes walk with me rain or shine no matter what we find it will be ours to grow and love will be the only thing we know no regrets i’m ever on your side waiting on a line waiting on a line
Iris 04:21
iris every no that I get only brings me closer i know the odds i know your best defence will crumble with a smile i’m gonna crack on high you can’t tell me goodbye you’re gonna catch my fall and I’m gonna take it take it all and the moment you reflect there’s no time left to regret in your silence i know I’m there i dance in the iris of your stare i’m bulletproof flavours fill my taste mix it as you will the morning sun the shadow on my fun once more it’s time to flee ...it’s time to flee i face me now a mirror bleak is this who I seek? a porcelain view they’re all without a name at the top of my game
kind you grow on i could be around for a while you could get used to this in time well hey you never know no one’s gonna drive you round the bend no one’s gonna steal all your friends they seem to like me though turbulent lives buoyant smiles turning off the curb out of sight there’s only so much time left to play you better let me in I could make your day it could be worth your while don’t look at the cover page it will improve with age i’m not here and gone i’m the kind you grow on it’s a mind over matter thing and there’s more you haven’t seen i’m not nearly done i’m the kind you grown on maybe I’m a wee bit in your face i say what I think with little grace but we could get along now you know the awful truth of me you can have all the rest for free and hey you can’t go wrong not the kind to desert you as others may do when you’re under fire
Wired 04:37
wired if you’re on your own are you quietly relieved? well maybe so if you’ve all but flown wait to see if the bitterness goes cause lightning sometimes strikes without a cloud in sight the moon and tide could take us back in time if you’re thinking of letting me down baby I’m coming 'round i’m not tired if you’re thinking of sleeping sound i’m running straight to you now don’t retire i’m still wired are you asking why? are we standing still with nothing left to try? colours in my mind i’ll paint a world that quietly we’ll find long before you came i dreamed you still on your page still shining through everything we do
Run River 04:37
run river cut you free to stay afloat through my hands you slip like a friendly ghost you said “don’t try harder you’ll make it worse” everything you bless just becomes a curse while the wind’s at your back now take off 'cause you know all of the answers you’re better off alone i’m tired of giving it one more try we only seem to lose run river all the way down the line run river wash it way out of sight run river should I leave you behind? running wild run river all the way through the fire run river 'til you’re ready to try run river still feel like a child running wild you weren’t always the troubled one in photographs your smile spelled out such good fun it’s hard when the others just won’t keep up being so smart running rings round the rest of us while the wind’s at your back now take off 'cause you know all of the answers you’re better off alone i’m tired of living in fear of the call in the middle of the night where have you gone? i’d have you here right or wrong
Twinkle 04:20
twinkle (in your eye) you said it was time to settle up you’d thought it through said it don’t add up i wish you’d come another day i’ve never felt so out of shape happy trails you said no long goodbyes slip away i know that’s just your style where you’ve flown you’re bound to be just fine there’s a twinkle in your eye don’t know how to begin so far my life’s been an accident looking back and now it’s clear it wasn’t purely chance that brought you here there’s not many of your breed you’ve got a habit of bringing peace to the craziest mixed up soul if leave you must then you must just come back when you’ve had enough some will mind if you don’t if you don’t


“While The Wind’s At Your Back” is my third solo album.
After growing up in New Zealand I decided to up and leave for Sydney Australia. The album explore some of the memories of that former life and times and the hope I had for my new surrounds.

I collaborated with my long-time producer/friend Bob Shepheard in a now infamous “Apocalypse Now” production ordeal. My band I had split up on the eve of recording, followed by Bob falling very ill for a long time. However the experience while anxious and bewildering – bled into some of the writing/performances which enhanced the record somewhat.


"His track record is impeccable: he played in bands in New Zealand (notably Second Child); was an APRA Silver Scroll finalist in 2003; did a showcase at SXSW in Austin; supported Marianne Faithfull and Ani De Franco (tough crowds both), and David Gray; has done solo albums and appeared on compilations; and 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.

That said Binder has his own voice and a post-pop/songwriter style.

If this album lacks the immediate standout single (although I'd expect to hear Breathing, Too Late and even the quaintly "Brit-psychedelic/Beach Boys '66" Take Me Under on radio) 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.

There is a mature, reflective quality in these lyrics -- as with us all, he isn't getting any younger I guess -- and the man (who sometimes co-writes here, a mark of inclusive maturity as with Greg Johnson) crafts an economic lyric, sometimes with an amusingly romantic and teen-adult twist: "Retreating from the city, to a magic spot near the waves, it's somewhere undiscovered and we can fully misbehave . . . away from the distractions, laying down on a blanket . . ."

Really Want sounds like his stab at a radio-pop song (it sorta works) but seems rather lightweight and somewhat beneath him in the fine company of the other -- and appreciably better -- songs here.

So if you hear Really Want on radio (as you should, he writes pop songs), just know there is much better on this emotionally sound, lyrically crafted and sensitively produced album".

By Graham Reid, for Elsewhere.co.nz posted Oct 18, 2009

DAMIEN BINDER: While The Wind’s At Your Back

"Now Sydney-based, Damien Binder’s third album finds the former Auckland singer and songwriter still in reflective mood. Binder had a nightmare experience with this album, his band splitting up on the eve of the recording, and his producer becoming ill for an extended period at the same time. Out of stress can come inspiration, and he wrote much of this material while waiting for events to settle down. He uses themes of memory, loss and hope, while the music runs the gamut of acoustic, indie-rock and singer/songwriter pop. Binder has a definite knack for writing unobtrusively catchy tunes and melodic hooks are everywhere on this album, especially on Take Me Under and Breathing. While understated, his voice is warm and engaging, managing to be both familiar and unknown at the same time. Binder and his band (Bob Shepheard on bass, guitar, keyboards and Jared Harrison on drums), have produced an album that could sit among the best ‘songwriter’ albums of the NZ music canon".

By Amanda Mills - NZ Musician Magazine Apr/May 2010

“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


released August 24, 2009

Damien Binder - guitars, vocals
Bob Shepheard - bass, keys, vocals, guitars
Jared Harrison - drums

Produced by Bob Shepheard at Serendipity Studios,
Auckland New Zealand
Additional recording and production by Jamie Hutchings at Linear Studios, Leichhardt, Sydney Australia
Mixed by Steve Garden at Garden Shed Studios, Auckland New Zealand


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Singer-songwriter Damien Binder has been writing his original style of moody alt-rock for more than 20 years.
Since the early 2000’s the APRA Silver Scroll Award nominated artist has gone on to release 5 acclaimed solo albums, performed with some of the world’s leading acts like David Gray, Marianne Faithfull & Ani Di Franco. His new album 'Bright Side' is out now.
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