Self-titled albums are usually the domain of bands and singers releasing their debut work.
Not so for Ian Moss.
He has already put out six solo studio albums, eight with Cold Chisel and another eight live albums with the Aussie rockers.
His seventh studio album, Ian Moss, came after an eight-year drought and is his first album of original material in more than two decades.
“I think it was the record company that said ‘look, it’s been a while since you’ve released an album of original material why not treat it like that?’”, Moss tells The Border Mail ahead of his August 18 solo concert at the Albury Entertainment Centre.
“Most people self title their first album, so I’m kind of going backwards.”
Moss says there’s been a lot going on since he released Soul on West 53rd.
“As people like to point it, it’s been eight years, I’m certainly not sitting around doing nothing. I’m constantly touring,” he says.
“Cold Chisel had two studio albums in that time, when that juggernaut gets up and running you more or less stop everything else you’re doing.
“I did the majority of writing of this new album, Ian Moss as it’s called, back in 2014 but writing’s one thing, getting the arrangement right is king. A good song can live or die by the arrangement.
“It’s my first studio album in a long time. It’s the first time I’ve written the lion’s share of the music so I thought why not take the time to get the arrangement right.
“I was still getting arrangement ideas right up into 2017, that’s when I finished recording it.”
Tracks off the album will feature during his regional solo tour but fans of Cold Chisel and Moss’ earlier work will not be let down.
He also tips his hat to the blues.
“Tucker’s Daughter, Telephone Booth, just to name a few off the Matchbook album,” Moss says of the tour playlist.
“And plus my version of some Chisel things, I do my own version of Choir Girl for example. When The War Is Over and of course Bow River. And I’ll chuck in a bit of blues there to make sure it is a pretty well rounded show.”
Moss recently finished a capital cities tour with a seven piece band and, as with his recent Six Strings acoustic shows, he promises plenty of grunt despite leaving the band behind. “It is still a pretty hard-hitting show,” he says, “I don’t skimp on production, a nice big PA system. I don’t skimp on sound.”