Taken from Tim's sophomore album "What's in the Middle", Good Word is a hard-edged powerhouse of a track. Driven by the highly revered Pete Luscombe's (The Black Sorrows, Paul Kelly) industrial percussion, Tim's dark guitar lines and brooding synth beds are pleasantly unnerving.
It was this darkness and industrial sound that lead Tim and myself into discussions on what type of vision would compliment the track. And thanks to an abandoned cotton mill with a dilapidated security fence, we found just the location.
The Old Bradmill situated in Yarraville on the outskirts of Melbourne's western suburbs, was a cotton and denim mill built in 1927. In fact, for many years if you wore a pair of jeans in Australia it's a good chance the fabric was made there. The building was abandoned in 2007 and since then has become home to graph artists, teenage boys setting fire to things, creepy young men with big hair and walking sticks, dog walkers, hot rod enthusiasts, model photographers, wedding photographers, toddler photographers and photographers of anything requiring a little colour in the background really. Oh and filmmakers (naturally).
Tim and I visited the location half a dozen times and although mostly on our own, we were more than once taken aback by the surrealist landscape of colour, characters and filth we found ourselves in.
On our very last visit to complete shooting with Mikey (our sleazy businessman guy - you know the type...), bricklayers were bricking up all the entrance ways into the building. Turns out a local developer has purchased the 24-hectare site for $160 million and plans to build a $2 billion mini-city there.
Pffft... 2 billion whatever. In my eyes The Old Bradmill will always be a filthy old house of bricks, burnt-out cars and unrestricted artistic freedom.
Ps. A very big thank you to Richard Wynn at Richard Wynn Photography for the lend of some gear!