The Existence Of My Bane: Gesticulations takes us through their new album, piece by piece

The existence of my plague is the third album in less than a year from posturing. It follows Sense of Purgency and Grated which were published in 2021. Gesticulations is directed by Graham Ashton (The Shambolics and Way Cool Jnr) and he seems to have an endless reservoir of ideas.

He again teamed up with a collaborator Benny D Williams in the creation of this richly rewarding album. Helping is also Richard Johnson (Speedstar / Our Ithaca Creek), Leanne Tennant, John Busby (halfway), Eden Mulholland, Brad Inglis (The Shambolics) and Paul Lawrence.

It’s a beautifully varied album. Sweet melodic guitars with dirty and gritty riffs, beautiful harmonies, mixed with humor and skillful observations. He has a party feeling running through his veins.

Apparently, the next album is almost done – a surprise for most artists, but not when it comes to Postures.

We are again thrilled to have a track-by-track breakdown from Graham for the album. So sit down, press and enjoy this fabulous disc.

Track by track – The existence of my plague.de Posturitas

(It means nothing)

Co-written with Richard Johnson (speed star/Our Ithaca stream). I was trying to stop writing about my feelings and do it from a more observational perspective. I sent the lyrics to Richard and he found the tune and the melody. We had a really fun session tracker that was a little rough around the edges. Benny added a nice guitar part and melodica and the song was starting to find its feet. Leanne Tennant (LT) came to the studio to record another song and we suggested she take a verse and harmonize it in the chorus and she did it. What is that ?

Chosen family

I left home and school very early to sing in a punk rock band. This song is about finding your tribe. I had listened to a lot of The Menzingers and took them to Benny as a reference and he played all the instruments and sang in harmony with Brad from The Shambolics. Gesticulations is the 6th band I’m in and it could have been a song by any of them.

The deep end

My older sister lived in New York when I was in her twenties and got into trouble. My parents sent me to try to work things out and this song is about trying to reconcile that experience many years later. Also written with Richard Johnston who happens to be one of my favorite drummers. Rich nailed the drums very quickly, then recorded his guitar part through some very weird antique gear, along with some cool keys and a brilliant vocal. Benny played bass and I kept coming back to record my vocals. We got there at the end.

among the madness

John Busby from (Half-way) had some nice things to say about the last Gesticulations album, so I jumped on him to see if he would like to co-write for this one. I started most of the communications over the past two years with the line “I hope you manage to find joy among the madness” and I felt it made sense as a song. The opening line “life as a straight monogamist hasn’t worked out for me” came across as a literal thought and just had to be a lyric. I passed the word to Johnny who returned an almost finished song that I love. I sang my part and Benny added a nice acoustic guitar and voila.

The good thing

Eden Mulholland is one of the most talented humans I have ever met. I invited him to join Benny and me for a session and I was over the moon when he accepted. I sent him these lyrics and he sent me this. I didn’t understand what the song was about until Eden sent it back to me and it made sense to me. Hope this makes sense to you too.

The best and the worst

This one came spontaneously from Eden Mulholland’s session. Benny and Eden blocked out the guitar part and dueled on electronic drums. I had the strange chorus melody in my head and knowing how high Eden could sing suggested he had a crack. This song turned out to be really disturbing. I feel pretty hard to be part of it.

Nostalgia

It’s a song from my old band The Shambolics that we never recorded. We never quite got it and could never figure out why, but when Brad and Benny got together in the studio, it just kind of came together very naturally. Lyrically, the verses and choruses contradict each other and musically, it oscillates a bit.

Bad Seeds B-side

Each Gesticulations album contains a punk-beat poem. I had listened to a lot of the NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS b-side collection and couldn’t believe these songs were b-sides. ‘a song in hopes of growing up and becoming a Bad Seeds B-side. Richard played drums as if accompanying William S Burroughs in Greenwich Village in the late 1950s.

Go around the drain

I can’t remember where I heard the phrase, but when I did it was exactly where my head was. I hadn’t had a good day in a while and it just made sense to write this song from that perspective. I brought the words and a B-side of Bad Seeds to Benny and he played all the instruments and sang the cool call and response in the chorus. Little dark melody this one.

We are all broken

Closing album 3 with a song I wrote with one of my oldest and dearest friends, Paul Lawrence. Both are passionate hacks at best and have brought that and a sense of the unruly to the studio. The gorgeous Benny D Williams fucked us up and we walked away with it. It gives me hope. Lawrie added the line “Getting Too Good At Being Alone” which ends this album and album 4 will begin with a song inspired by the line called “Too Good At Being Alone”.

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