The Gin Club

The Gin Club

 Brisbane, Queensland, AUS
BandAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

A musical collective featuring 7 unique and distinctive singer/songwriters backed by cello, keys and lashings of guitars. Think The Triffids, The Go Betweens, The Band, Neil Young, Spiritualized. Live show is instrument swapping madness, rousing choruses and heartbreak.

Biography

The Gin Club has established a reputation as one of the most impressive Australian bands of recent memory, keeping their audiences perpetually intrigued and interested with a revolving live and studio-based line up of multi-instrumentalists and songwriters.

Based in Brisbane, Australia, The Gin Club are a musical collective who perform an eclectic mix of rock, pop, folk, blues, country, and everything in between.

On stage they will feature anywhere from 2 to 10 members playing everything from organ to cello, banjo to mandolin, violin to saxophone and more. They draw influence from the attitudes of artists such as The Band, Neil Young and The Wu-Tang Clan.

Since their formation through a chance meeting at an Open-mic night in 2003, The Gin Club has released three albums to public and critical acclaim, namely, their most recent release: 2008's Junk. This double album features 26 original songs, covered a breathtaking amount of musical ground and earned them several accolades including Song of the Year award at the 2008 QSong Awards.

The inimitable troupe have toured Australia and abroad, playing with many varied acts such as Paul Kelly, The Drones, Tim Rogers, You Am I and Pete Murray, as well as performing at major events including The Big Day Out, East Coast Blues and Roots, Splendor in the Grass, Woodford Folk Festival, Canadian Music Week, Musicexpo LA and many more.

July 2010 saw the release of the Gin Club's fourth full length album, "Deathwish". Second single "Pennies" was added to high rotation on national broadcaser Triple J and the band embarked on a highly successful string of shows on the East Coast.

The Gin Club are set to embark on a more extensive national tour in November 2010.

Lyrics

Ten Paces Away

Written By: Ben Salter

In between responsibilities, and in between the bars
He thought that he had found a place where he could see the stars
And while he smiled the nights away, the days were filled by ghosts
It’s the simple and the commonplace that burn you up, that burn you up the most

Now you’ve got five crooked fingers from one crooked melting hand
You’ve got five lame excuses you’ll supply me on demand
Whilst I’m trying to speak clearly, you will just get in the way
But then again there’s nothing much that I have got to say
So I said:

“Ten paces away from the place that you now stand
The man lays softly sleeping that would ruin all your plans
Just ten paces away and up above your head
Are all the words you’ll ever need
From all the books you’ve ever read.”

Just two paces away, she lay upon my bed
She said she knew not why I did the things or said the things I said
Just two paces away, I softly shake my head
And it’ll keep on shaking until I’m cold and dead

So what good is all this paper, what good could it bring?
What good are all these verses?
They will not change a thing
And while we try to laugh it off, there’s none of us who cope
With this little slip of hell we try to pass off as a joke

(chorus)

Gas Guzzler

Written By: Ben Salter

You’re not as smart as you think \ You lie, you steal and you drink \ Not that any of that makes you dumb \ In fact it all seems quite fun! \ But surely there must be a link

Well you while away all your hours \ Guzzling gas, depleting your powers \ But your powers were never that strong \ You’re just good at talking and carrying on \ You say lives they are meant for a-living \ Just like presents are meant for a-giving \ But the days and nights rob and deceive us \ We can never compete with the seasons \ And I guess that’s one of our reasons

You say everything’s fine, and I believe you \ But I still feel a little defeated \ Well it’s three o’clock in the morning \ What am I doing?

I feel fake I feel hollow, and empty \ As I survey my land of the plenty \ And these others, they feel the same way \ We have blundered our way through our twenties \ And I am dwarfed by the giants around me \ You’d think nothing could impress
or astound me \ But my thirst for impression keeps pace \ Keeps me dumbstruck and off of my face \ While a halo of light still surrounds me
You say everything’s fine, and I believe you \ But I still feel a little defeated \ Well it’s three o’clock in the morning \ What am I doing?

You’re not as smart as you think \ You lie, you steal and you drink \ Not that any of that makes you dumb \ In fact it all seems quite fun! \ But surely there must be a link

Something Rotten

Written By: Ben Salter/Tim Rogers

Baby, why do I say the things I do?
There’s another man inside of me who sometimes talks to you
And he’s dismissive, and unkind
I think there’s something rotten in his mind

But baby when he leaves and I come to
A thousand pardons ain’t enough for the shit he’s put you through
And he’s a braggart and a liar
I think there’s something rotten in his mind

And every time he is forgiven, and in wonderment I stand
And I say to you again:
“I am the luckiest of men.”

And if apologies sound facile when they rhyme
At least it extricates what’s rotten in his mind

You, Me & The Sea

Written By: Ben Salter

Here I stand upon the shore \ Cause you don’t love me anymore \ I look up to seek a signal from above \ I hear voices, turn my head \ But you aren’t there, the sky is dead \ Seagulls wheel and cry, wind whispers through the sand

Now the sea is rolling in \ Around my ankles circling \ And it’s cold upon my skin \ Beneath the clouds the sky grows dim \ But I’ll not move from here \ Just try to think of you, my dear \ Thoughts that I can’t even reach \ As I stand upon this beach

Once we sat and spoke about \ All the things we’d do without \ Just to have a life together \ With no friends save for each other \ But those conversations fade \ Like
the white atop the waves \ And the memory of your face \ Just grows dimmer every day

Still the sea keeps rolling in \ Around my waist is circling \ And it’s cold upon my skin \ Beneath the clouds the sky grows dim \ And I sense that I should move \ But my heart is so confused \ And to stay seems somehow right \ And I’ll no longer fight

So here I stand upon the shore \ And I don’t love you anymore \ And I am calm as my feet start to drift away \ Soon I will be no more \ Lay upon the ocean’s floor \ My eyes the pearls at last \ My bones of coral made

Still the sea keeps rolling in \ Above my head the waves crashing \ And it’s cold upon my skin \ Beneath the clouds the sky grows dim \ And I’ll not wander anymore \ Upon this land I so deplore \ Now forever there’ll just be \ You, me and the sea

Still the sea keeps rolling in \ All I feel’s the waves crashing \ And the salt upon my
skin \ Beneath the clouds the sky grows dim \ And I’ll not wonder anymore \ If you loved me I’m not sure \ Now forever there’ll just be \ You, me and the sea.

Discography

"Virginibus Puerisque" (Album) - 2003
"Fear of the Sea" (Album) - 2005
"Gabriel/Drugflowers" (Single) - 2005
"Junk" (Album) - 2008
"Rain" (Single) - 2009
"Deathwish" (Album) - 2010

Set List

We prefer to do two sets per show - one showcasing acoustic based quiet material, and another of all rock material; or sometimes a combination of both. In any case we have enough songs and songwriters to do three!!