The Songwriter…So Far Album Biography

It’s fair to say that Australian CMA (Golden Guitar) winner Angus Gill is a veteran of the Aussie music scene, having released 5 AU Billboard (ARIA) chart topping studio albums, garnered 13 #1s and 11 Top 10 hit singles on Australian Country Radio and an ARIA Awards nomination. He is also the youngest Australian male solo artist to have ever performed on the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. He has either collaborated with or had songs recorded by US & Australian music royalty such as Steve Earle, Jim Lauderdale, Charles Esten, Eric McCusker (Mondo Rock), Diesel, Anne Kirkpatrick, Melinda Schneider, Graeme Connors, Beccy Cole, Adam Harvey, James Blundell, Pixie Jenkins, Allan Caswell, Billy Miller (The Ferrets), Bill Chambers, TC Cassidy and many more. 

Off the back of a huge 2023, which saw Gill release his fifth studio album Departure & Arrival (as Angus Gill & Seasons of Change), which rocketed to the #1 on both an ARIA & AIR Albums Chart. Gill is now preparing to release his first compilation album, titled The Songwriter…So Far on Friday 23rd February 2024.

The 20 track release features Gill’s best, most requested and thought-provoking songs that have established him as a leading young Australian songwriter. The record also features 2 brand new recordings, including a re-vamped version of Gill’s staple song Roadworks, the poignant new Can You Imagine, a taster of Gill’s forthcoming collaboration project with Mondo Rock’s Eric McCusker. 

“I’m incredibly excited for this release. The last few years have been wild for me, juggling songwriting and production work with touring my new album projects. Winning my first Golden Guitar Award was a huge highlight and a full circle moment.” says Gill. 

The Songwriter…So Far is out Friday 23rd February via Rivershack Records/MGM. 

Track Listing

  1. Roadworks [2023 Version] (Angus Gill/Matt Scullion)
  2. Can You Imagine [feat. Eric McCusker] (Angus Gill/Eric McCusker) 
  3. Little Green Man (Angus Gill/Billy Miller)
  4. Listen to the Country [feat. Kevin Bennett] (Angus Gill/Kevin Bennett)
  5. The New Old Me [feat. Steve Earle] (Angus Gill/Allan Caswell)
  6. Start Up The Old Dance Again (Angus Gill)
  7. Cornerstone (Angus Gill/Matt Scullion)
  8. The Scrapbook (Angus Gill/Bill Whyte)
  9. Sweet Sister Jasmine (Angus Gill/Thomm Jutz)
  10. Starin’ Out the Back of a Car [feat. Kevin Bennett & Amos Morris] (Angus Gill/Kevin Bennett)
  11. Whittling Away [feat. Jim Lauderdale] (Angus Gill/Jim Lauderdale)
  12. The Apron (Angus Gill/Vickiree Melouney) 
  13. In the Cards (Angus Gill/Jerry Salley)
  14. Always on the Run (Angus Gill/Thomm Jutz)
  15. Departure & Arrival (Angus Gill)
  16. Still Missing (Angus Gill/Thomm Jutz)
  17. Waiting for the Boss [feat. Anne Kirkpatrick] (Angus Gill/Alan Mackey/Mary O’Brien)
  18. Origins (Angus Gill/Lance Carpenter)
  19. Forget Me Not (Angus Gill/Bill DiLuigi/Kirsti Manna)
  20. Don’t Get Your Tinsel in a Tangle [feat. Melinda Schneider] (Angus Gill/Bill DiLuigi/Kirsti Manna)

Departure & Arrival Album Biography

 

 

If you’re looking for two words to describe Departure & Arrival, the new album from Angus Gill, he suggests you start with evolution and experimentation, and work from there.

Now they may seem contradictory: evolution being a slow process of adaptation and change; experimentation being more immediate, more haphazard. And those words might be dangerous when you’ve come up through country music, where things take time to adjust.

But not for Gill, who’s in a hurry. A hurry to make more, a hurry to try more, a hurry to match the artists who are inspiring him.

“I know I’ve been categorised as a country artist, and there are still elements of country there, but I didn’t necessarily set out to create a country record,” he says of Departure & Arrival, whose title tells you almost as much about this restless songwriter as the songs within it, which have the punch of rock, the elegant lines of old school pop, some Latin moves in the mould of ‘70s Paul Simon, and experiments like a spoken word track (In iambic pentameter no less.)

“I’ve always been a fan of albums like Harry Nilsson’s Nilsson Schmilsson, Sgt Pepper’s, City to City and these classic albums I’ve been listening to since I’ve become a vinyl hoarder, and I don’t like listening to an album where every track is the same tempo, the same feel, similar subjects.”

A veteran at the age of 25 – apart from the songs he’s written, played on or produced for others, like Diesel and Adam Harvey, he’s been writing and playing since he was nine or 10, releasing music from the age of 14 and been his own producer for five albums since his debut long player at the age of 18 – Gill has his sights on a long, varied career full of surprises. Among them, his influences.

With a novella on the go, alongside his recordings and a couple of Covid years of a heavy reading load behind him, he’s as likely to spring literary references as musical ones. The album title was inspired by pop culture philosopher, Alain De Botton, the mid-tempo pop charmer, Little Green Man, was sparked by Australian author Trent Dalton’s Love Stories, and his guiding lights are the likes of Cormac McCarthy, Charles Bukowski and John Steinbeck.

“Steinbeck is very simplistic in the way that he writes but his words say a lot in a short space,” Gill says. “And that’s what songs are about.”

Closer to home for the kid who grew up in timbertown Wauchope, just inland from the NSW Mid North Coast, Gill’s been bending the ear of genuine veterans of Australian music Mondo Rock’s Eric McCusker and The Ferrets’ Billy Miller, who has co-written a couple of tracks on the new album. It’s fair to say Gill’s been fired up by the exchanges.

“I love hanging out with them and it’s a mutual thing: you pick up different ways of thinking and I’m very open to all of that. I am a very curious person. I am a very passionate person and I’ve always had a good relationship with my elders.”

You can add two more words to the Angus Gill story then: curiosity and passion, and then watch them at work in his work.

“Something I have learned as a producer too is you’ve got to be open to certain things presenting themselves. If they’re good moments, then you’ve got to lean into them and start embracing them, almost reshaping the song around that particular change in direction halfway through a project.”

And when that’s done, do what another of his mentors, the giant of modern Americana, Steve Earle, would do: change again.

Gill recalls that when he asked the American why he changed direction so often “He said ‘I just get bored’. And that was a precedent he set very early in his career, and I was inspired: that’s what I want to do.

“I heard somebody say [about me] ‘when’s he gonna find what he wants to do?’ And I’m like, I’m never gonna find what I want to do. That’s the definition of an artist.”

Maybe Gill has found what he wants to do. Anything. Everything.

That’s two more words for you.

– Bernard Zuel