Come Midnight, Australian songwriter Andrew Farriss’s first solo single, has been years in the making.
An industry stalwart with more than three decades of accolades under his belt, Andrew is most well-known for the plethora of hits he penned for his band INXS. The rhythm-influenced track Come Midnight sees him return to his early roots, keeping firm to his ethos of it always being about the music.
Andrew is considered one of the world’s best musicians. With INXS he shared success of more than fifty million records, Grammy nominations, and an induction into the ARIA Hall of Fame. Outside of INXS, he is revered in industry circles for his songwriting nuance, having written, produced and performed music for acts such as Yothu Yindi, Tom Jones, Tania Kernaghan and Jenny Morris to name a few. He has also been inducted into the Australian Songwriter’s Hall of Fame.
“It is a song that has really grown on me,” says Andrew. “So in recent recordings—call it destiny, or fate—I thought I owed it to myself to rework Come Midnight and bring it into 2019, so when people hear it, they can hear where my head was at back then ... and where it is at now. It has been a personal journey.”
Come Midnight is the first solo release ahead of a full-length album. Recorded between his home studio and Nashville, it embodies the old-school country vibe that Andrew envisioned. He wanted to capture the days of Slim Dusty and Johnny Cash, and follow that flavour and style. “I played some guitar riffs in Australia and then tracked other parts in the US,” he says. “I’ve been really lucky to have an amazing group of musicians to work with. The people coming on board and rallying around what I am doing have been great. Hopefully it will be something that people will really like.”
The country-rock-folk feel is fitting for a musician who has spent the past two and half decades living on the land, on a functioning cattle and grain farm in North-West New South Wales. Come Midnight itself is an ode to Andrew’s wife Marlina who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014, a year after the two got married, and battled through the stage four diagnosis. The track highlights how midnight is the time when you reflect on the people who are the most important to you.