Damien Binder

Damien Binder

 
BandAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

Heart-on-sleeve singer-songwriter who creates an "intimate spectacle of drama" with Neil Finn/Pete Yorn/Evan Dando styled tunes though has an individual style.. Brooding alt rock, sparkling brit-pop and whistful alt country.rock with "whisper in your ear" conversational lyrics.

Biography


Damien Binder "While The Wind's At Your Back"

"While The Wind's At Your Back" is the third new album from accomplished singer/songwriter Damien Binder. Based in Sydney since 2004, Damien took time out briefly before spending the last two years recording and meticulously fine-tuning his long-awaited new album – a combination of brooding rock, sparkling brit-pop and wistful alt-country melancholy.

Reflecting a deeper maturity and thoughtfulness since Damien’s last album (“Til Now”), "While The Wind's At Your Back" explores memory, loss and hope. While dark at times, it also reflects a gentle and optimistic spirit infused with wry humour. The chiming melodic guitars, combined with honest and poetic lyrics, makes for a soul stirring collection of tunes full of drama.

Damien collaborated with his long-time producer Bob Shepheard to produce the new album, which he now jokingly refers to as an "Apocalypse Now" production ordeal. His original band split up on the eve of the album recording, followed by producer Bob Shepheard falling very ill for a long time. However, the experience – while anxious and bewildering – led Damien to write some of his most powerful and emotive songs yet.

At its core, “While the Wind’s at your Back” embodies the notion of taking a leap of faith…

Visit www.damienbinder.com or www.myspace.com/damienbindermusic to listen to tracks from the new album.

About Damien Binder

Sydney based 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 October 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 Di Franco. His music has also been featured on numerous album compilations, including Sounds Like Cafe Vol. 17 in Australia.

In 2003 Damien was one of five finalists in the prestigious New Zealand APRA Silver Scroll Award for Songwriting, and was also short-listed for the 2006 International Song Writing Competition.

With his soul-searching heart on sleeve rock, Damien’s music has been likened to such artists as Crowded House, Ryan Adams, Evan Dando, and Pete Yorn. Reviewers have often described Damien’s songs as intelligent songcraft, exquisite and honest with a “rich weave of acoustic and electric guitars.”

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

Discography:
• 2009: While The Wind’s At Your Back
• 2004: Till Now
• 2000: Damien Binder, self titled debut album.

Past Album Reviews

"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

"An album as convincing as its predecessor in it’s honest emotions and intelligent songcraft." Russell Baillie, NZ Herald.

“Binder writes personal, introspective songs on love, life and longing. His expressive voice is complimented by a low-profile production [and he] lets his exquisite songs take centre stage.” Marty Duda, City Mix.

Lyrics

Til Now

Written By: Damien Binder/Robert Shepheard

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 arms 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 never had

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

Can you wait a little longer for me
i'm still in disbelief

Close your eyes a little longer
you'll see
your my
lasting relief

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

Point and Shoot

Written By: Damien Binder/Robert Shepheard

So you've been around the block
hey i'm no saint myself
but i get a 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 really busy dreaming up a scene
and waiting to act it out

Hi, 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 ok
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?

Really Want

Written By: written by d.binder/j.mcnickel/d.meikeljohn

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...

Run River

Written By: damien binder

cut you free to stay afloat
through my hands you slip
like 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

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

where have you gone?
i’d have you here
right or wrong

"take me under"

Written By: written d.binder/j.mcnickel/d.meiklejohn

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

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

there’s silence all around
just the sound of you and me
i know I can be found...

"gotta run"

Written By: damien binder

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?

Discography

Solo albums released:

2001 Damien Binder (debut self-titled)
2004 Til Now
Soon to be released:
2009 While The Wind's At Your Back

Songs from first two albums on high rotate long running NZ drama "Shortland Street" 2001 til present day.
Albums "Damien Binder" and"Til Now" available for purchase online through itunes
and www.amplifier.co.nz

Set List

1 hour to 90 minutes of original music