‘A NEW WORLD’ – The New Album From 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 and praise comparison from reviewers.
A FEW WORDS ON ‘A NEW WORLD’
“This is the Sydney artist’s fourth solo album since his first in 2000 and the years of experience clearly show. Binder takes a measured approach to his songwriting, something particularly evident in the way most of his choruses are constructed. Rather than being the main focus of his songs, where the rest is little more than a build-up (by using pauses for added drama and the like), his tunes seem to just slide into them. Typical is the slow building Evergreen, which seems to circle round beautifully to the refrain. His songs are no less catchy for it; the subtlety slips them into your subconscious rather than being whacked over the head. His vocal also has an everyday-man quality about it, without appearing forced and, as such, it nestles perfectly into his music. It also suits the “tell it how it is” themes of his songs which are largely based around hope and devotion, with lines such as: “Give it time … and don’t give up” in the rattling pop of It’s You I Came Back For. Highlight is album closer Way Gone, with its controlled pace perfectly conveying the song’s emotion. This is a collection of little gems.”
★★★½ -Paul Smith – Sydney Morning Herald August 18 2016
Reigniting the candle of ’80s jangle-pop is New Zealand-born songwriter Damien Binder. Binder’s A New World takes classic indie-acoustic styles of old and blends them with a hefty dose of Britpop flair. The album parallels such bands as The Go-Betweens and The Church, but also branches out with stylistic nods to the likes of Jarvis Cocker and Ron Sexsmith. A New World features a thematic recurrence to rekindling lost relationships, the album progresses beautifully to final track, Way Gone – a sensational closer.”
★★★½ – Joe Dolan – The Music.com.au – April 2016
“If it was up to me, there would be more music like A New World in the world today.”
– Petros – muzic.net.nz – MAY 6 2016
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”.
- 2016: A New World
- 2009: While The Wind’s At Your Back
- 2004: Til Now
- 2000: Damien Binder, self titled debut album