For a band that was previously relegated to 24 hours in ‘The Econodog’, with two members flying on rotation, this was luxury. It also marked the graduation of the band to professional musicians, with royalties allowing them to pay themselves minimum wage.
In the downtime before recording their next album, Powderfinger took a break from the open road, and each other. It translated into a prolific writing period. The first track the band wrote together was The Day You Come, which saw the band experimenting with a new sound that would set the tone for their next record. It was an arrival, in more ways than one.
The toll of touring permeated the song lyrics of opening track, Hindley St. But touring was what Powderfinger did best, and it wasn’t about to slow down—it was about to take off.
Before the release of Internationalist, Powderfinger would make their first foray into the American market. The opening show at the Dragonfly in LA was attended by Russell Crowe (in town to film LA Confidential). Were you in the crowd that night, our American friends? Did you see Powderfinger turn down Rusty’s invite to come back to his place for a party? #regrets
On their return to Australia, Powderfinger set off on their biggest tour yet, joined by Big Heavy Stuff and Jebediah. The venues grew, and they turned their soundchecks into much-needed writing time. Much of Internationalist was formed in these sessions on the road. Some even made it into the setlist. Did you see Capoicity in its infancy, performed at the Metro back then?
After losing almost every category at the ARIAs to Savage Garden, Powderfinger hit the Livid stage—not for the first or last time—before scheduling in a secret gig at the Crash and Burn under the pseudonym of Terry and the Econodogs to test a few of the new tracks in front of a live audience. Were you there to hear Good Day Ray, Celebrity Head and, of course, The Day You Come played for the first time?