posturing is a musical project founded by Graham Ashton who roped his good friend Benny D Williams in the fold. Essentially, Graham provides the lyrics and vocals, and Benny directs the music. They swim against the tide in terms of delivery frequency. This is the fourth album they’ve released since February 2021. It’s mind-boggling how productive these two are.
They have great love for Lou Reed, which shines through on some of their songs. The humor is present, with a wink and a nudge, often when you least expect it. It is sometimes disguised as a melody which may sound darker. The opening track on Anything that rings true “Thank You Jazz” takes his hat off to the pseudonym “jazz cigarette” for a joint, gave me a wry smile
There are darker moments in some tracks, but even then it feels like it will be fine in the end. Their last track on the album, “Anything Can Happen”, is proof of that.
They bought in an AU favorite, Leanne Tennant, LT, to provide guest vocals on “Fast Friends”. We think it works a treat.
We’re thrilled that, once again, Graham has written a track-by-track breakdown of the album. So press
Track by track – Anything That Rings True posturing
The lyrics are based on the realization that each of us humans has challenges with different vices. I’ve always loved the beat poets description of the spliff as a jazz cigarette hence “Thank You Jazz”. I sent the lyrics to Richard Johnson (Speedstar/Out Ithaca Creek) and he sent me a nice demo. Rich joined Benny and me in the studio and he and Benny nailed their roles. We wanted the second half of the song to sound huge and everyone who entered the studio sang along to the gang’s vocals. We were hoping it would build like the Beatles/Flaming Lips.
As we age, new friends are rare but incredibly valuable. These lyrics describe the joy of that feeling when you know you have newly connected with a like-minded soul. I sent the lyrics to Leanne Tennant (LT) and she turned them into this sweet melody. We had a great time in the studio with LT and especially love his whistle solo and laughs at the end.
I was driving my son to work and was impressed when he used “fleeting” in a sentence and thought it would be a good word to build a song. We have invited Sam Depasquale of Spill in the studio and builds the song around his riff. This one makes me smile, which is nice on an album surrounded by such dark themes.
Too good to be alone
The last line of the last album was a spontaneous harmony by Paul Lawrence where he sings “To Good At Being Alone”. I thought it was a timely lyric for me to write and came easily. I sent it to Richard Johnston (Speedstar/Our Ithaca Creek) who has been prominent on our last two albums. It sounds like an acceptance song. It started as an acoustic song and we were all inspired by midnight oil at the time and lent themselves to their approach to percussion and harmonies. It’s a little rough around the edges but not without charm.
In front of you
Tim Stewart (Screamfeeder/We All Want To) is one of my favorite songwriters. He said a few kind words on our debut album and joined us for a song on our second Threadbare album. I was happy when he raised his hand for another crack on this one. It’s a pretty dark lyric and Tim found a place where I could relax singing more than ever. Benny and I are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Tim again.
It’s a very old song that I wrote with Cam Mackellar in Sydney about 15 years ago. It ended up in The Shambolics live set almost every time we played and it took that long to record. We followed him on one of our sessions with Brad Inglis (The Shambolics) and Benny layered all the guitar and encouraged me to sing in the high register of the choruses. Glad it’s finally released into the world.
someone to blame
Another of the darkest moments on the album which was co-written with Brad Inglis (The Shambolics) and it’s very clear we both love The National. Brad played crazy guitar on this one and Benny added some weird synth in post-production.
It was originally a Shambolics song written as an ode to the beat poets. Each of our albums contains a rhythmic poem. Brad brought in the bassline and Benny nailed the keys and drums and I had the opportunity to do some freestyle on top of that. Hopefully this provides another much needed lighter moment on the album.
Last year I spent an afternoon writing songs with my old friend Paul Lawrence and this was one. It started with acoustic guitar and vocals and Benny worked hard to produce it to the level we got to. Another vocal gang where everyone had a crack. Seems like it starts out gloomy and resolves with a bit of hope.
Everything can happen
It’s the purest Gesticulations song on the record. Just Benny and I turn my words and our shared love for Lou Reed into something that feels like us. The lyrical theme covers that feeling about how even the most disappointing people in your life have the potential to surprise you.
Anything That Rings True by Postures is now available on all major streaming services.
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