Posted: 23 June, 2016
Triple M’s Ugly Phil’s interview with the Aussie icon Bernard Fanning
Image: Bernard Fanning
Triple M’s Ugly Phil had Record Of The Week artist Bernard Fanning in the Rubber Room off the back of the release of his brand new single ‘Wasting Time’.
The legendary musician who has an incredible 10 year solo career and is well known as the frontman of Powderfinger since the late ‘80s.
‘Wasting Time’ is the new single of Fanning’s double album, ‘Civil Dusk’, that was originally intended on being 1 acoustic and piano based album, talking about the rock sound Fanning told Phil “there ended up being a few more rock songs than I intended to be honest, but they kind of just fall out”.
The album was intended to only be 10 songs, but when he came up with two albums filled with great songs he decided to relaxed a double album and it was to hard to decide what songs to leave off.
On working on piano, Phil asked; “is there more emphasis on the lyrics?”, Fanning replied; “I think so, the last record I stepped away from that so I wanted to move back to songs that their genesis was with timber, with wood, I wanted to make a really natural sounding record”.
Talking about the record ‘Civil Dusk’ Fanning said; “It’s nothing like I’ve ever made before, we didn’t have time limits. We’d get into the studio in the morning, have tea or coffee and a donut and talk about Trump, then we’d move onto an Earth, Wind and Fire video on Youtube for about an hour before doing any work”. This casual approach and the casual location of a ‘make do’ studio in a pool house, rather than an actually music studio gives the new record a fresh and alive sound.
A veteran in the Australian music industry Bernard Fanning reported on the current music industry; “it’s all about singles, I’ve done the opposite and released 20 songs”.
Listen to the full interview: