Goldrush

Release Date: Oct 7, 2005

Catalog No.: SLANG1033922

TRACKLIST
  1. Same Picture
  2. Things I've Lost
  3. All The Faces
  4. Feel
  5. Let You Down
  6. Come On Come On
  7. Counting Song
  8. What I Thought
  9. There's A World
  10. Wait For The Wheels  

Goldrush

Ozona

CD

OZONA – TRACK BY TRACK

WAIT FOR THE WHEELS

This is the first song written after Hamish joined the band on bass, bringing his love of Led Zeppelin, The Grateful Dead and the like. The bass riff on this song is actually played by Joe, however! The lyric is about the frustration of waiting for your life to reach the next stage, and wondering if you’ve already experienced the best of it.. Dave Fridmann gave it his best distorted production and powerful drum sound.

SAME PICTURE

This was written when I was a bit younger, and describes the difficulty of communication between two people. Although it could be about a relationship, it is more about the question of how we experience the same reality.. this track was recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studio 2.

THINGS I’VE LOST

This song tries to capture the feeling of looking back and realizing that there are parts of you that have been lost, maybe forever, and wishing you could step outside time and go back to that original feeling. I suppose it’s a heartbreak song, but it doesn’t feel sad, because the music is dreamy and majestic. The engineer Ron Warshow did a great job capturing the band live in a tiny London studio.

ALL THE FACES

Another song looking back, to a time when we’re younger and braver and more open. The faces that were once dear to you can become strangers. But the song is more a celebration of that innocence, especially in the last chorus where we all sing together like the Byrds. In fact this song was written during a month when I was fixated with that band! There’s some cool pyschedelia in the background if you listen closely.

LET YOU DOWN

This is a stark confessional song, the sort you might listen to at 3am, but it’s something everyone can relate to. The strings give it a warm cushion and there is some great guitar playing. It’s a cousin of Expecting To Fly by Buffalo Springfield, one of my favourite ever songs. It was recorded in our own studio, which is basically a shed, but Dave Fridmann mixed it to give it this epic sound.

FEEL

We were in California last year playing on an album for my friend and co-writer Daniel Black, and we were in a studio belonging to The Brian Jonestown Massacre. The walls were lined with vintage Rickenbacker guitars so we couldn’t resist putting down this song, written about a fleeting love affair in San Francisco.

COUNTING SONG

This song is held together by its metronome beat and builds to a grand climax. The lyric is mysterious but uplifting. People ask me what it’s about.. it’s a reminder never to give up on love, should you need one.

COME ON COME ON

This one’s like the Beatles on unusual drugs. A pop song is hidden behind eerie noises and drum machines. The lyric is telling us to treat every moment the same, and not to get hung up on the bad times. Good advice I think. I especially like the middle 8, which has Revolver-style horns and Oohs. Recorded by Dave Fridmann at his famous Tarbox Road studio, in upstate New York.

WHAT I THOUGHT

Our studio is built on a farm in the countryside and this one’s a reflection on the power of the night sky. Man’s curiosity has always been inspired by it, but with the prevalence of electric light, we hardly ever get to see it. Standing alone under the stars one can do anything.

THERE’S A WORLD

A song about crossing the lines between dreams and reality and seeing the world in a new light.. inspired by a weekend in the Joshua Tree desert. The music builds to a dark pinnacle somewhere between the Doors and Crazy Horse.