Since then Josh has successfully reinvented himself as one of the country’s finest acoustic songwriters, melding an introspective lyrical style with simple but all-enveloping melodies that entangle themselves inside your inner ear and refuse to get out.
We invited him onto the Lost At E Minor rooftop recently to perform a couple of our favourite tunes of his, including this one above: Middle of The Hill (the video was animated by our good friend, James Gulliver Hancock), which was voted number 19 in the Triple J Hottest 100 of 2005.
We interviewed Josh about his music and this song, which so many Aussies can sing word for word.
“Music was always the thing that I felt connected to, and that came naturally to me. Some people are great at sport, so they immerse themselves in that. For me, losing myself in music was the thing that not only felt best to me, but also felt effortless.
“Even the hard work didn’t seem like an effort because I also enjoyed it. I never studied music, and didn’t even get the chance to do music in high school. So the triggers for pursing music as a career was really just a passion for it.”
“I remember writing it in the bedroom that I’d grown up in. I’d had to move back home because I’d run out of money pursuing music, and it seemed like things were going nowhere.
“I guess being back at home made me feel nostalgic and prompted me to write the song. I recorded the song in that same house with Wayne Connolly, very much building on the raw demo. So it’s a pretty home-spun song in general.”
>>Also watch Josh perform an acoustic version of his hit single Memories & Dust live and acoustic