A collection of poems, photographs, stories and advice collected and written while recording our second album and touring England.
Oliver Baxxter has quickly made his way to being one of my favourite people on planet earth. Now, that may sound like I'm getting ahead of myself - but just check out his band Broadside and you'll see what I mean. Talent oozes out of every inch of this guy, from his voice to his writing and heck his humour is pretty decent too. As soon as I saw that he was rereleasing his collection of poems, photographs and stories I knew that I needed to get it.
Into The Setting Sun is raw, beautifully put together and you can feel the heart that went into forming this book in every single word. It is a short book, at only 22 pages, but that doesn't mean it lacks any substance - in fact, there were many moments within the short read that I had to go back and read things multiple times, and each time left me feeling just as many emotions as the last. It covers themes from politics and anxieties to loss and handles them so beautifully well, and is so incredibly honest that at times it was difficult to read.
The photographs in this book are simply stunning, and dripping with the essence of humanity - he seems to capture emotions in still portraits in a way that I never have. I genuinely cannot rave enough about this book, I learned more about myself through this piece of art than I ever expected to, and Ollie's words are something everyone needs to read.
I know that this particular book isn't up for sale any more, unfortunately, but I believe volume 1 is available on iTunes for anyone who wants to read it - and I really recommend you do. You won't get a more genuine look at the importance and vitality of art anywhere else.
"Remove the hands, that built this land, make this country ____ again."