Friday September 18th, exactly two weeks after the release of a luxury 20th anniversary reissue of their monster album Odyssey number five, the Australian rockers released “Day By Day”, their first new track in a decade.
“Day By Day” was originally cut in 2003 during sessions at 301 Sydney for their fifth No.1 album. Vulture street.
The song “was never completed until we opened the archives and looked for songs never released,” comments singer Bernard Fanning.
“We never even really had a rough mix because we obviously decided at the time that it didn’t quite fit with the rest of the songs on this album,” he continues. “Looking back now, I’m not sure. why and I am really amazed that we did not find a place for it on the disc.
Once the group rediscovered him, they called on producer Nick Didia to get him back in shape.
“Like a few other songs on Vulture street“Adds Fanning,” it deals with the temporary nature of life and is a call to live in the moment, to be present.
The end result is a beefy blues-rock number with breezy harmonies, augmented by touches, an instrument clearly absent from The ‘Finger’s more famous works.
“Day By Day” is the first single from an upcoming album of unreleased works, spanning a decade of Powderfinger’s career.
The five players called him a day in 2010, retiring with the rare distinction of having five consecutive No.1 ARIAs, and placing third all-time among ARIA Awards winners with 18 trophies in points. It’s only a matter of when, not if, they will be inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame.
A decade later, Powderfinger has been generally active this year. The classical lineup of Fanning (vocals), Ian Haug (guitars), Darren Middleton (guitars), John Collins (bass) and Jon Coghill (drums) reactivated the group’s social accounts and reunited in May for the A lonely night virtual concert, which raised over A $ 500,000 for charity.
Earlier this week, the special edition of OD5 returned to the national albums ranking at No.2, beaten only by the star player House music release of three albums.
Stream “Day By Day” below.