DAWN AT DAY’S END

BERNARD FAN­NING ON LIFE, CON­SE­QUENCES AND EAT­ING PIES AHEAD OF START­ING HIS CIVIL DUSK TOUR ON THE GC

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - JEMMA GALVIN Bernard Fan­ning, tonight, The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast

Civil twi­light is the bright­est of the three twi­light phases that oc­cur when the sun both sets and rises each day. Dur­ing it, the sun sits just be­low the hori­zon, still emit­ting enough light and warmth for things to be clearly seen, and sit­u­a­tions eas­ily in­ter­acted with.

For Bernard Fan­ning, this time of day was the in­spi­ra­tion for the name of his third solo al­bum, Civil Dusk. A col­lec­tion of 10 songs that “rep­re­sent the dy­nam­ics and com­plex­i­ties that lie be­tween the book­ends of de­ci­sions and con­se­quences”, the al­bum dropped in early August and now Fan­ning is set to kick off a na­tional tour to pro­mote it – start­ing right here on the Gold Coast. Liv­ing in By­ron Bay along with two of his band mem­bers, the Bris­bane lo­cal says the Coast was the nat­u­ral choice for the first show.

“We spent ev­ery Christ­mas and Easter at Nob­bys when I was grow­ing up,” he says.

“I’ve al­ways loved the Gold Coast. We’ve played there a lot too. We used to play at The Play­room and The Patch, places like that, back when there used to be venues around the Gold Coast.”

This time around, Fan­ning will play to an al­ready sold-out Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast.

He says he had no real game plan go­ing into the process of cre­at­ing the new al­bum but that the de­ci­sions and con­se­quences theme pre­sented it­self nat­u­rally.

“That idea started to emerge after I’d writ­ten about half a dozen songs, I think. And I liked it. I re­alised I’d been writ­ing stuff about mem­ory and re­flect­ing on how those de­ci­sions made in the past im­pact your life to­day,” he says. “And they’re not all de­ci­sions I’ve made in my life. Some of them are com­plete fic­tion as well. It’s just that con­cept of how choices roll through the years.”

Fan­ning penned most of Civil Dusk in Spain, from where his wife An­drea Moreno hails, and says the ex­pe­ri­ence shed new light on the ideas he was ex­plor­ing in the lyrics.

“It does do dif­fer­ent things to your brain, in terms of words and com­mu­ni­cat­ing ideas,” he says. “In some ways be­ing there and writ­ing in English is a re­lease, it’s nat­u­ral. I can speak Span­ish but not flu­ently; I can get my ideas across. It’s an in­cred­i­ble thing for your life and your mind, open­ing up to a whole other way of com­mu­ni­cat­ing (in a dif­fer­ent lan­guage).”

Get­ting back to writ­ing on gui­tar and pi­ano “just felt nat­u­ral” for Fan­ning, who recorded the al­bum in his re­cently opened By­ron Bay stu­dios La Cueva, which means The Cave in Span­ish.

A project with long-time friend, col­league and pro­ducer Nick DiDia, the stu­dio en­vi­ron­ment also car­ried on this idea of light and warmth re­flected in the al­bum’s ti­tle.

“It’s a re­ally beau­ti­ful lo­ca­tion look­ing out over the coastal re­serve and out to the light­house. It’s a pretty spec­tac­u­lar view. The ac­tual room it­self is re­ally nice. Record­ing stu­dios in gen­eral are dark, cooped up places. And we’ve con­verted what was re­ally a pool house into a stu­dio, so it’s got lots of light and just feels like a nice place to be. It’s re­ally con­ducive to com­ing up with good ideas.

“Most of the time it was just Nick and I in there talk­ing about prog rock, eat­ing pies and look­ing at the view.”

The songs them­selves are also char­ac­terised by a sense of warmth and space, made earthy with the use of tim­ber-based in­stru­ments – acous­tic gui­tar, pi­ano, strings and vi­o­lin.

So in nam­ing the al­bum, es­tab­lish­ing a place to record it and cre­at­ing this col­lec­tion of songs, Fan­ning has kept this no­tion of light and warmth run­ning through­out.

“It’s not so much that I set out to do that,” he says. “Maybe it’s just a re­flec­tion of where I’m at in my life. Or maybe it’s not - maybe that’s just a big, wanky, in­dul­gent, arty bit of ar­ti­fice.”

MOST OF THE TIME IT WAS JUST NICK AND I IN THERE TALK­ING ABOUT PROG ROCK, EAT­ING PIES AND LOOK­ING AT THE VIEW

Pic­ture: Chris­tian Gilles

Bernard Fan­ning launched his lat­est al­bum, Civil Dusk, by play­ing the whole record from front to back.

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