Fanning’s rolling in new songs

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - THE GROOVE - Ker­stin Kehren

BERNARD Fanning is cer­tainly no vic­tim of writer’s block.

The beloved Aus­tralian mu­si­cian and singer vis­its the Tanks Arts Cen­tre tonight where he will per­form for a sold out crowd.

To­mor­row, he will do it all again for yet an­other at-ca­pac­ity au­di­ence at the iconic venue.

Play­ing with him on both oc­ca­sions will be Fanning’s band The Black Fins.

The two per­for­mances form part of Fanning’s na­tional tour to pro­mote is lat­est record Civil Dusk.

Re­leased in the mid­dle of the year, the al­bum has been given four Aria Award nom­i­na­tion nods, in­clud­ing for Best Adult Con­tem­po­rary Al­bum.

Civil Dusk is not a stand­alone project, al­though it is a com­plete al­bum. Part two, Bru­tal Dawn, is headed for re­lease early next year. It emerged, in part, be­cause Fanning sim­ply had a wealth of ma­te­rial to draw from.

Fol­low­ing the re­lease of his 2013 al­bum De­par­tures and its ac­com­pa­ny­ing tour, the for­mer Pow­erderfin­ger front­man took some time away, mov­ing to Madrid with his Span­ish part­ner and their young chil­dren.

“It was al­ways only go­ing to be a year while we had the op­por­tu­nity be­fore our kids started school ba­si­cally,” he ex­plains. “So I just worked over there. I wrote the ma­jor­ity of Civil Dusk over there when I was in Spain.”

He may have been writ­ing in a coun­try with a rich mu­sic cul­ture, but Fanning can’t say for sure how his writ­ing locale in­flu­enced the end prod­uct.

“Es­sen­tially I was ac­tu­ally in a base­ment which had no win­dows. So, like I could’ve been in, I could’ve been in Townsville.”

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