“The song is almost purely inspired lyrically by wondering what it would be like to be in that family unit at the time that all the stuff was going down.”
Glen Martin, frontman of local guitar-pop stalwarts WATERFORD, looks around and takes a sip of his coffee, soaking in the Belconnen City Centre around him. “I was particularly inspired by Moses, who was like a cartoon idiot. He was particularly, amusingly, idiotic.”
The Moses that Martin is talking about is Moses Obeid, son of imprisoned former NSW Labor minister Eddie. The reason he was doing so was that it was the inspiration for Waterford’s long awaited comeback, ‘Libra II (Who Must Be Obeid)’.
“I was more intrigued by some of the grey areas of corruption, and imagining if you were in that family unit, if you were dating an Obeid as that was happening … and you knew certain things were happening, but you were intoxicated by that proximity to wealth.” Martin adds.
Since the release of their 2011 album Say OK, Waterford have been slowly working towards its follow up, tentatively titled Prior Works. ‘Libra II’ sees the band stripped back, and more in the vision that the band sees in themselves.
“I’ve tried to write kinda Pavement-y songs, Sonic Youth songs. I’m not good enough a musical magpie to make them sound close to that.” Martin pauses. “What ends up happening is that these songs are the ones that, for whatever reasons, felt like they had to emerge, not trying to use a pre-existing language.”
The process behind Prior Works has seen an early attempt scrapped already, in the belief that the final product is something worth working towards. “The reason we are pushing on is because we have something better. I would be deeply annoyed if we didn’t have this tangible set of songs that sound like four people on the same page.”
When BMA asks Martin how he would want others to see the band, he has a simple response. “I don’t care. I think we should be vicious with our culture, I think we should ask a bit more of it, I think we should disregard it if we need to. By the same token if you get it, and you like it you should be unapologetic about it.
“Everything about Waterford is an acquired taste, and I’m really grateful if you’re into it. And it’s totally cool if you’re not. I totally understand it.”
The new material has spurred the band to do a run of shows, something Martin considers vital to being a part of a band, despite his occasional nerves. “I get hugely nervous before playing live. I’m OK with nervousness – I’ve accepted that’s what happens at that point. But I always enjoy it more than I think I would.”
Catch Waterford at their single launch on Saturday April 1 at Smith’s Alternative, supported by Shoeb Ahmed. Doors at 7pm, tix are a tenner.