Nobody gives a damm about songs anymore, accept John Moreland
So a collapsed CD unit meant album fell out the heap that I'd never seen, the album, 'In The Throes', is one of the best albums I've heard in years, its a hugely emotional work, and whilst I was late to the party, I took a chance to quiz Moreland on his eceptional work.
Some days, being John Moreland has to hurt. As others bury experiences and stifle regrets, Moreland pokes old wounds until you’re sure they’ve got to be bleeding again. It’s painful. But in Moreland’s care, it’s also breathtakingly beautiful.
The title of track two is great, best I’ve heard in ages, when / where you when you came up with ‘Nobody gives a dam about songs anymore’?
I wrote that song at my parents' house in 2011. I was listening to a Scott Nolan song called 'Bad Liver / Broken Heart' (most people know Hayes Carll's cover of it), and it has a line that says 'doesn't anybody care about truth anymore / maybe that's what songs are for,' and I guess I wanted to explore that thought a little more.
The record just bobs along, chilled, relaxed, like a purring V8 is that a conscious decision or just reflective of your personality?
When I made that record, I had recently parted ways with the band I had been playing with, so I knew I was gonna have to go out and tour solo, and I wanted to make a record of songs that would translate well to a solo acoustic live situation.
“This isn’t how it would feel to have made it” – you enjoy being a musician? It’s a compunction?
'I enjoy being a musician' is an understatement. It's all I've wanted to do since I was a kid. But that song is reflecting on being a naive 17 year old in a band, and thinking that putting out a record and going on tour means you've 'made it,' only to find out how hard touring can actually be.
There is a lovely tone to the record, what do you play?
Where was it record?
I played everything except piano and pedal steel. I recorded it myself, in the spare bedroom of my parents' house, because that's where I lived at the time.
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