Saturday, April 9, 2011

Stories from a train (Disappear)


After our band 'Chopper' disbanded I was a bit at sea. I wasn't too sure what I wanted to do and the 'gang element' that I loved about being part of a group felt like too much effort to try and recreate. I just didn't have the energy.

I was fortunate to be asked to play with Campbell Kneale in 'Sunship' and then to act as the guitar player for a covers band called 'Shakespeare's Bitch'.

'Sunship' was an amazing experience. It was violent, melodic, and delivered at 200 mph. It was also kind of short lived and the legend of 'Sunship' remains intact to those who heard and saw us.

That left me with Shakespeare's Bitch'. It was actually quite fun to be playing covers...we did Patti Smith, PJ Harvey, Nick Cave, Velvet Underground etc.

It was during a pretty shambolic performance at the Paramount theatre that I noticed Michael Duffy - an old friend from Rotorua in the crowd. We got talking. He played bass. So, with the inclusion of Richard Wise on drums we set off to play some music. We wanted to have a noisy guitar and to be a three piece, and it kicked me off into trying to write songs again. We were called "The Resistance'.

Bob Mould


Disappear was among the first songs that I wrote in that period and I was listening to a lot of Bob Mould. He is perhaps the most constant musical obsession I have had. It began with Husker Du when I was 14 and has not yet abated. Disappear is not my favourite piece by any means, but I remember it fondly as one of the baby steps I took back towards feeling confident enough to try and write a song again post 'Chopper'.

The inspiration for the song came from a weird train trip I took to Melling station in Lower Hutt. A strange bearded man of about 25 years old with brilliant blue eyes tapped me on the shoulder. He was sitting behind me and started by saying, "You know, no matter what, you shouldn't give up being creative." At that stage, I was sitting on the train considering selling my guitar. It was a strange thing to say to a stranger. We talked a little about art and music. Then, when we got off the train, I turned to say goodbye, and he had gone. In my mind, I like to think he was an angel of sorts.

And so I went home and picked up my guitar...

This version of Disappear was played by 'The Resistance' and was recorded live at Bodega in 2005(?). It features Richard Wise on drums and Michael Duffy on bass.


Disappear
(Words: Andrew Savage. Music: Andrew Savage w/ Michael Duffy & Richard Wise)

And here is the original 8 track attempt:

Disappear
(Words: Andrew Savage. Music: Andrew Savage)

It seemed like a thousand hours
I'm coming back to you
Sitting on the train with the ticket man
And I came back to you
Walking by the river with mud on my hands
I'm coming back to you
Standing on the bank
There's blood on my hands
I'm coming back to you
You
You you know the truth
You
You make it hurt
You
You make it burn
I covered my eyes
I covet a prayer
I looked to find you
I can't disguise you
You just make me disappear
I made it through the city lights
And I'm coming back to you
Opened my door with a broken key
And I came back to you
Sitting with the words I left behind
And I'm coming back to you
Walking on the river with blood on my hands
And I came back to you
You
You you know the truth
You
You make it hurt
You
You make it burn
I covered my eyes
I covet a prayer
I looked to find you
I can't disguise you
You just make me disappear

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