'Salvation Road' by the Aerial Maps
"The path to salvation in Australia is often literally a road … there is an exhilarating sense of possibility that arises when you get behind the wheel and start driving in this country."
So says Adam Gibson, vocalist and lyricist in Australian band the Aerial Maps, about the band's new single, 'Salvation Road', from their upcoming album The Sunset Park. Two years and many hundreds of kilometres in the making, The Sunset Park is the follow-up to the band's acclaimed debut album In the Blinding Sunlight. Led by the vocals of Adam Gibson with Simon Holmes and Sean Kennedy as the creative nucleus, with The Sunset Park the Aerial Maps have transformed from a band lauded for their fond take on life in Australia to an outfit exploring the darker reaches of the country's psyche.
Following the album's first single 'The Sunset Park', the new single 'Salvation Road' speaks of the great distance of Australia, and the associated ways to lose (or find) oneself within that. As Gibson explains, "'Salvation Road' is about two people leaving a town with no intention of returning – it's about that exhilarating sense of future possibility that can come when you leave something behind and get behind the wheel and just start driving. And in Australia, there's lots of places to drive to and to possibly find salvation at."
The 'Salvation Road' single also contains a version of the previously unreleased song 'The Year Our House Burnt Down' (with Tim Byron on piano/keyboard). Adam says the inspiration for this song came several years ago when he was working as a reporter on a major Australian newspaper. "I was sent to cover some serious bushfires that were burning towards the Blue Mountains west of Sydney," Gibson says. "Myself and a photographer found ourselves in a small community with the fire bearing down. Fortunately the wind changed and the town was spared, but as long experience has tragically shown, that's not always the case in Australia."
The single release closes with 'Screaming Night', an instrumental version of a song on the album called 'How Dark is the Night'. Gibson says the original intent of the song was for it to be a primal and percussive early Hunters and Collectors-esque piece. To that end, the band drafted in ex H&C percussionist Greg Perano to play on it. But in the recording of it, Gibson says, the song evolved into being more of an electro, keyboard heavy stomp. "And we felt," Gibson says, "that we wanted to give it the chance stand alone with the lyrics removed – but the madness left intact."
The album The Sunset Park will be released in on July 8.
released June 11, 2011
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