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Damien Binder


A New World is the new album from accomplished NZ singer/songwriter Damien Binder.

This album, Binder’s fourth long-player, showcases his effortless ability to swing from soulful hymn-like ballads to moody rock and country-tinged numbers. The ten new songs find him in an expectant and buoyant frame of mind with meditations on destiny hope and rejuvenation. The chiming melodic guitars, combined with Binder’s compelling voice and lyrics, make for a dynamic and stirring collection of tunes.

Recorded in both Australia and New Zealand, the album features significant contributions from Sydney producer Michael Carpenter (Perry Keyes, Youth Group, Bryan Estepa) as well as long-time collaborator Bob Shepheard, legendary NZ drummer Wayne Bell (Bic Runga, Tim Finn, Dave Dobbyn, Gin Wigmore), guitarist Dave Hatt (Bryan Estepa Band) and Kylie Whitney providing backing vocals.

Binder says of the sessions: “Working on this album with the aforementioned group has been a privilege and a blast. There have been many inspiring moments from beginning to end - what you always hope for in the studio! Personally, it’s always been about having strong songs and the ten here are some meaningful ones to me - I hope that comes across”.

About Damien Binder

Singer-songwriter Damien Binder has been writing and recording his original style of moody alt-rock for the last ten years.

Since his self-titled debut album in 2000, Damien has gone on
to perform both nationally and internationally while also supporting some of the world’s leading acts. He has played at the SxSW festival in Austin Texas, World Series showcase in Auckland and supported the likes of David Gray, Marianne Faithfull and Ani De Franco. His music has also been featured on numerous compilation albums.

In 2003 Damien was one of five finalists in the prestigious New Zealand APRA Silver Scroll Award for Songwriting. He was also a finalist in the 2005 & 2015 International Song Writing Competitions as well as the 2015 Unsigned Only Music Competition. To this day Damien's music is regularly featured on the soundtrack for long running popular NZ TV Series ‘Shortland Street’.

Damien’s brand of thoughtful, melodic songwriting has drawn much and praise comparison from reviewers.

Quotes on his last album While The Wind’s At Your Back:

“Binder has a definite knack for writing unobtrusively catchy tunes and melodic hooks are everywhere on this album… Binder and his band have produced an album that could sit among the best ‘songwriter’ albums of the NZ music canon” - Amanda Mills, NZ Musician

“There is simply no doubting the talent of New Zealand singer/songwriter Damien Binder. As we have come to expect from him, his third album is a great listen” – David Griffiths, Media Search

“Binder certainly hasn't betrayed his ability to pull out a memorable hook, an ascending/descending vocal line imbued with heartfelt melancholy, and songs propelled by strong power-pop tendencies… Musical reference points might be the poprock/alt.country axis of Ryan Adams, Pete Yorn, Gary Louris/Jayhawks and (lesserly so, I think) Neil Finn…There’s a mature, reflective quality in these lyrics, sometimes with an amusingly romantic and teen-adult twist”
– Graham Reid, Elsewhere

Prior to pursuing his solo musical career, Damien fronted rock band Second Child for five years who shot to NZ fame with their debut album Slinky. The band also played many esteemed support slots for acts such as The Jesus and Mary Chain, Fugazi, Hunters and Collectors and, most famously, Nirvana on their only NZ tour.

A constant live solo performer in Sydney in the last few years, Damien has been quietly honing what he believes to be some of his best material for solo album number four. Of the new recordings Damien says, "I'm really excited by the new songs and feel we have tapped into some rich stuff on this one".


• 2016: A New World
• 2009: While The Wind’s At Your Back
• 2004: Til Now
• 2000: Damien Binder, self-titled debut album

Band Members:
Damien Binder
Bob Shepheard
Michael Carpenter
Dave Hatt
Kylie Whitney


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Damien Binder News
Posted: Wed Aug 20, 2003 6:32 pm
The new 10-track album 'Til Now' will be released on Tuesday 9th September. Featuring the dreamteam production muscle of Steve Garden, Bob Shepheard, Chris Van de Geer and Don Bartley.

Preview the album cover & first 2 singles at http://www.damienbinder.com/
Even better - BUY the first singles from http://www.amplifier.co.nz/

Damien has been nominated in the 'Best Original Band/Artist' category. Go to http://www.xlr8online.co.nz/entertainmentAward.php to vote online.

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Damien Binder to support David Gray
Posted: Thu Apr 17, 2003 12:54 pm
Damien Binder will be supporting UK songwriter David Gray for all three of his New Zealand concerts, with Beth Hart. These shows are very close to selling out, so if you want to go you'll need to get your tickets now.

The concerts are taking place in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland.

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