It's been 9 years since the bloke from Alice Springs released a solo album, but Ian Moss, a Cold Chisel favorite is back with a new Self Titled album.
This self-titled set is Mossy’s finest collection of songs since his multi-platinum, ARIA Award-winning solo debut, 1989’s Matchbook.
It’s also Mossy’s most personal record yet. He co-wrote every song, aside from ‘My Suffering’, which was written by his Cold Chisel bandmate and dear friend Steve Prestwich, who died in 2011.
One of the many standout songs is the stunning soul ballad ‘Broadway’, which Mossy wrote for his son, Julian. “It’s a song about missing my son when I’m on the road,” he explains. “I love doing gigs and being on tour, but as soon as the plane was about to take off, down would come the blues.”
“The years fall away so quickly now,” Mossy sings.“I’ve all the fortune and the fame. Oh, but I’d leave it all to yesterday just to be with you again… ’Cause I need a little something that feels like home.”
This is an Ian Moss solo record, but along with Steve’s song, there are other little nods to Cold Chisel. Charley Drayton – who joined Chisel after Steve’s passing – plays on 10 tracks. And Don Walker’s piano punctuates ‘A Girl Like You’, which name-checks one of Chisel’s favourite haunts when they moved to Sydney in the ’70s. “I remember when we first met, 5am at the Manzil Room/ Everybody turned their head, and every eye was set on you.”
The album was produced by one of Mossy’s first guitar heroes, Peter Walker, who also produced Cold Chisel’s self-titled debut in 1978 and co-produced Mossy’s second solo album, 1991’s Worlds Away. “I first saw Peter on GTK on the ABC in 1972 when he was playing in a band called Bakery,” Mossy recalls. “One of the things I liked about him, from a nerdy guitar outlook, was he was playing something different. Everyone at that time was playing a Les Paul, but he was playing a [Gibson] 335. Peter’s a great feel player. He’s an encyclopedia of chords, and he’s a genius at arrangements.”
Mossy co-wrote eight of the songs with Sydney singer-songwriter Sam Hawksley, who’s now based in the US, where he’s a member of the BoDeans. They met at Sydney’s Love Hz studios in 2011 when Mossy was demoing ‘Too Late’ for Cold Chisel’s No Plans album. They struck up an instant songwriting rapport, coming up with ideas for several songs. Three years later, Sam called and asked how the ideas were progressing. “Still sitting, as I like to say, lying moribund,” Mossy replied.
Sam convinced Mossy to join him in Nashville, where a six-week songwriting stint with some of that city’s finest writers brought those moribund ideas to life. “It was very productive and inspiring,” Mossy says. “An amazing time.”