Former Powderfinger guitarist splintered into songs
DARREN Middleton is best known for his contribution to the legacy of Australian music as the guitarist in iconic Brisbane band Powderfinger.
Powderfinger took the nation by storm to dominate the Australian charts from their humble beginnings in 1992 right up until their disbanding in 2010.
Now Middleton is stepping out solo once again, announcing the release of his upcoming album Splinters, a follow-up to his 2013 full-length debut Translations, which he'll perform a taste of at this weekend's Village Festival.
He said all his music was deeply personal.
"I've always felt that songwriting is about shaving off splinters of yourself and putting them into songs, and for both Translations and Splinters, I have tried to do just that."
The first taste of the Splinters album, due out on November 6, came in the form of a double A-side single of The Lines and Our Road released last month.
In The Lines, Darren is joined by Guy Pearce, Talei Wolfram and the gospel-style sounds of the Monash Choral Society on background vocals.
The Lines flows like an honest whisper, telling the conflicting story of someone trying to do what is right but wavering.
The music is easy to relate to and touches on many themes and relationships - the relationship we have with our inner-self, friends, lovers, in business, the world and society.
"All of our life is a relationship, an ever-evolving and changing landscape of security, safety, hurdles, loss and discovery," Darren said.
"Both with Translations and Splinters, I am basically looking at my journey so far and laying it bare in songs."
Darren will perform at the Poolside Sessions on Saturday night at the Capricorn Resort from 8pm and at the Strand Hotel on Sunday from 5pm.
Go to thevillagefestival.org.au for more information.