John Turrell

Read exclusive track notes from John Turrell (JT) and producer Nick Faber (NF). Click track titles to read lyrics in full.

To The City

JT. “I keep thinking how much more of what we love can we give up, while the City and those who run it get more and more.”

NF. “This was the first track John and I worked on and has become an anthem for the project. I’ll never forget John singing his ideas down the phone to me when I was in the supermarket”

Track Credits
John Turrell: Vocals; Nick Faber: Keyboards, Rhythm Guitar, Percussion; Rob Lucas: Bass Guitar; Rich Milner: Organ; Michael Coleman: Lead Guitar

The Temper

JT. “I’m not an angry man but all people have their breaking point, the time when the red mist just won’t let you go.

NF. “One of my favourite tracks and one I really relate to, another explosive vocal from John”.

Track Credits
John Turrell: Vocals; Nick Faber: Keyboards, Synthesizer; Paul Tyagi: Percussion; Rob Lucas: Bass Guitar

Wrong Time

JT. “Autobiographical to the point transparency. Two very different John’s fighting in the same body”.

NF. “I wanted to create a simple track with a hypnotic groove. John did the rest.”

Track Credits
John Turrell: Vocals; Nick Faber: Electric Guitar, Electric Piano, Percussion; Rob Lucas: Bass Guitar; Rich Milner: Organ

Low

JT. “I look on this song like a protection to my family a sort of stay away message.”

NF. “I wanted to create a Boz Scaggs feel with the drums and bass. We could’ve taken it even further and I really love Mike’s guitar solo”

Track Credits
John Turrell: Vocals; Nick Faber: Guitar, Percussion; Rob Lucas: Bass Guitar; Ade Meehan: Drums, Mike Porter: Electric Piano, Piano Synthesizer; Michael Coleman: Lead Guitar

Kingmaker

JT. “Rupert Murdoch, the man who made our leaders. The whole affair just made me realize how our democracy is owned by just a few and no leader can ever be leader without the Kingmaker.”

NF. “I’d had the backing track for a while so I stripped it back and sent it to John. Ade Meehan’s drums really gave it the energy it needed. The original will make a great faux disco remix!”

Track Credits.
John Turrell: Vocals; Nick Faber: Guitar, Synthesizer, Percussion; Rob Lucas: Bass Guitar; Rich Milner: Keyboards; Ade Meehan: Drums; Special Thanks to Oli Bayston

Day In Day Out

JT. “For 6 years I drove the same way in to work passing under a bridge that had Day in Day out spray painted on it. Something must have rubbed off.”

NF. “John sung me the melody and I sat at the piano and worked out the chords. The lyrics and tune are so intense I decided it didn’t need anything else”

Track Credits
John Turrell: Vocals; Mike Porter: Piano

These Things

“I drink because I’m me, an argument I’m not supposed to win when I raise my head my eyes feel dead in the stupor that’s gotten me, well I smoke because I know it’ll get me in the end, I may’s well have these things I have, these things that I call friends”

NF. “John’s ‘Wonderwall’ but with better lyrics. And a better tune”

Track Credits
John TurrellVocals; Nick Faber: Percussion; Rob Lucas: Bass Guitar; Mike Porter: Piano, Organ, Synthesizer; Paul Tyagi: Drums; String Arrangement; Mike Stobbie

Eating Stones

JT. “I remember how hard it was to stop smoking, I couldn’t even begin to think about not singing and writing music. How long does it take for a man to eventually think he’s there? I don’t honestly know, until then I’m just eating stones.”

NF. “The music might be straightforward funk but the lyrics are pure genius: “When the green is gone all you’re left with is the blues”

Track Credits
John Turrell: Vocals; Nick Faber: Percussion; Rob Lucas: Bass Guitar; Ade Meehan: Drums; Michael Coleman: Lead Guitar Mike Porter: Organ

Chasing Shadows

JT. “In any relationship you look back and see how far and how much you have done to be with that person. What you have fought for to be together, this is just my way of telling her.” 

NF. “I wasn’t sure what would happen when I gave John a mid-90s hip hop backing track but he smashed it.”

Track Credits
John Turrell: Vocals; Nick Faber: Guitar, Synthesizer, Percussion; Rich Milner: Organ

Stella Maris

JT. “The star of the sea. The person I run to when I’m lost. Just knowing I have that person makes things a lot easier.”

NF. “The drone in the background was meant to be a sitar, since I don’t have one I detuned my telecaster”

Track Credits
John Turrell: Vocals; Nick Faber: Guitars, Synthesizer, Percussion; Rob Lucas: Bass Guitar; Ade Meehan: Drums; Mike Porter: Organ

Won't Get Fooled Again

JT. “An ode to a previous relationship, there’s no better way to say it”

NF. “For me this is a pure and simple ‘white disco’/r’n’b track with a great live feel and amazing sax solos from Dave Wild. Perfect playing all round.

Track Credits
John Turrell: Vocals; Nick Faber: Guitars, Percussion; Rob Lucas: Bass Guitar; Aaron Graham: Drums; Mike Porter: Organ; Dave Wilde: Saxophone

Home

JT. “I just wanted my girls to know how much I love them, that I’m always thinking about them even when I’m not there. Home has always been the biggest building block in my life. Always knowing I was welcome back gave me the confidence to go and do what I wanted.”

NF. “Gary Baldwin is one of the best Hammond players in the country, his performance here is exceptional. Combined with the perfectly judged drum take from Sugarcubes drummer Siggi Baldursson, simple but so effective.”

Track Credits
John Turrell: Vocals; Nick Faber: Guitars; Rob Lucas: Bass Guitar; Siggi Baldursson: Drums; Gary Baldwin: Hammond Organ

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