Once in a blue moon a song comes along that is so good that it defies categories, pigeon holes and genres. It’s a song that makes those tiny hairs on the back of your neck stand to attention the moment the tune kicks into gear. That’s the rare feat that Brad Cox pulls off with his sub-lime new single, ‘Give Me Tonight’.
Brad Cox earned wide scale recognition in 2018 with his self-titled de-but album that yielded the singles, ‘Too Drunk to Drive’ and ‘Lake-house’. Cox also won the 39th Toyota Star Maker award and became the name on country music lovers lips around the country.
Looking back, if 2018 was the year of the long march for the young man from Jindabyne, then 2019 is the year of the great leap forward. Signed to Sony Music, Cox has two Golden Guitar nominations behind him, while his streaming numbers are now nudging up around the four mil-lion mark.
‘Give Me Tonight’, the first taste of a new album we can expect in 2020, ups the ante on an already stellar career. Produced by Matt Fell, who recorded Cox’s debut LP, ‘Give Me Tonight’ was co-written by Brad and good friend, and frequent collaborator, Joe Mungovan.
The song’s opening stanza is the perfect set-up of what might happen on a night out.
“I was in the backroom minding my business/watching the world pass by/headed for the bar to order me another when your red dress caught my eye”
“Joe and I were kind of sitting in a room one day and ready to write a song,” explains Brad “We just got to chatting at how so many times in life you meet people in passing and ninety-nine percent of the time you never really see them again. And how we all have those experiences that we try to replicate, and they never really happen.”
“It was relatively fictional in a sense,” says the singer of the song’s storyline. “Joe and I just got to yarning, and I was looking through a book and away we went. We just built a story from there.”
The familiarity Cox and Mungoven share is ideal for good song-writing.
“I don’t do really well with going into writing rooms with strangers,” continues Cox. “When a song is really successful for me is when I fixate on an idea, thought, or a feeling for a long time, and then the right time arrives with the right person to pen that idea; the finished song seems to come pretty quickly af-ter that. I tend not to force it.”
By the way, there’s another trick Cox relies on to get the creative juices flowing.
“I write shocking songs if I’m sober (laughs). I usually get a few beers under my belt and park myself in the middle of no-where. That seems to be what works best for me.”
With a new album in the can, Brad Cox fans have a lot to look forward to in 2020.
“The record’s pretty diverse with heaps of different feels and gen-re influences,” he explains. “Matt [Fell] produced the record with me. I think we were getting to know each other a lot dur-ing the first one. Going into the second one as mates was re-ally a different experience.
‘Give Me Tonight’, like the rest of the forthcoming album, was recorded at Fell’s Sydney studio, Love Hurtz.
“Often with a song I’ll spend heaps of time with different ideas, I’ll be shuffling lyrics and all that kind of things. With ‘Give Me Tonight’ it is fairly well the same now as it is was when we wrote it, structurally and lyrically. But, production wise … well, the production turned out heaps better than I could have ever imagined.”