INTERVIEW: ED COSENS

The Reverend and the Makers songwriter and guitarist goes solo





YOUR DEBUT SOLO ALBUM 'FORTUNE'S FAVOUR' IS OUT NOW, WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO TAKE THE PLUNGE?


EC: Well it's been a funny old journey. I started thinking about the solo project, it's always been inside of me and something that I wanted to do because it was unfilled; Reverend is such a collaborative effort. It's been brewing for a long time and it's just taken time to get my head around it and find the confidence. To be happy with the songs I've written and believe they are good enough and strong enough. Also to be confident with me being in the limelight, it's not my natural position. I've always been the music guy having this attention to detail in the background. It's been an interesting process to learn that, but I've still got a long way to go. I started off in school in bands and in my first band I was the singer and I've had that experience at the front, but I never had the comfortable which is why I retreated backwards.



YOU'VE SAID THAT YOU HAD TO WAIT TO GET THE CONFIDENCE TO WRITE A SOLO PROJECT. THAT SOUNDS A BIT STRANGE FROM A CO-WRITER WITH REVEREND AND THE MAKERS, WHAT GAVE YOU THAT CONFIDENCE?


EC: Writing with Jon (McClure) and other people over the years has given me a grounding, it's more the lyrical side of things than anything. I've never been much of a lyricist to speak of, I've always been more of a music guy. It's more about putting my lyrics and personal thoughts and feelings out there. That was the main difficulty and being happy that they stand up to other people.


THE SONG 'IF' IS THE LYNCHPIN OFTHE ALBUM, HOW DID THAT SPARK YOUR CREATIVITY?


EC: 'If' was one of my oldest songs, I wrote it a number of years ago in its original form. It's gone through several different interpretations over the years and I've tried to find where it wants to be, find a sound and develop this confidence in what I was doing.


It's quite an old song and I think it was the first time I'd written a song on my own and thought it was really good. I showed it to a couple of people and that slowly started to build confidence. That's kind I say it all stems from that track. It was almost the beginning of a foundation and I developed other songs from that. It was also one of the first songs that we put down in the studio. Hearing it coming back through the speakers how I wanted it to sound spurred everything on.


TALK US THROUGH THE REST OF THE ALBUM


EC: The album is something that I've tried to write as a whole piece rather than a collection of songs there's not a specific narrative, but all the songs are very much drawing from my life experience. Being a little bit older now and having a family and kids you can look back at things you've been through and have a more rounded critical view and be able to pull that apart in places.


A lot of the songs on the album are about these experiences: falling in and out of love and finding your feet relationship-wise - as I have done now, or friendships. There's one particular track about a friend that I did music with way before Reverend and we thought we were going to conquer the world. Then he thought he could do it better on his own and cast me aside. It's a bit like I got the last laugh.