Listen to Powderfinger’s new song ‘Day by Day’, their first new music in a decade

Listen to Powderfinger’s new song ‘Day by Day’, their first new music in a decade

Photo by Ian Jennings
Words by Tom Parker

Powderfinger are back in a big way.

While much of the music industry lies asleep, legendary Australian rockers Powderfinger have been up and about throughout 2020, performing a livestream show to raise money for Support Act and Beyond Blue in May, before then releasing a 20th-anniversary reissue of their seminal album, Odyssey Number Five.

Now, the revered outfit have just lifted the lid on their first single in a decade, which is set to appear on a new album of unreleased tracks to be released sometime this year.

‘Day by Day’ is a frenetic rock number that bears all the anthemic sensibilities that Powderfinger have become known for – sky-reaching choruses, big guitar lines and the same visceral enthusiasm of some of their most iconic numbers such as ‘My Happiness’, ‘These Days’ and ‘Sunsets’.

The track was initially recorded during the Vulture Street sessions of 2003 but initially never saw the light of day.

“’Day by Day’ was never completed until we opened the archives and went sniffing around for tracks that had never been released,” says vocalist Bernard Fanning. “We never even really had a rough mix of it as we had obviously decided at the time that it didn’t quite fit with the rest of the songs on that album. Looking back now, I’m not sure why and I’m actually amazed we didn’t find a place for it on the record. Once we found it, we had [ARIA Award-winning] Nick DiDia remix it and get it into shape.”

Check out the new track below.

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