Music with a Side Order of Politics – Midnight Oil

midnight oil live 2017Australia’s Midnight Oil has always released music that is politically motivated. So, it seems like this is the perfect time for them to resurface.

By late 1976 the Australian group Farm renamed themselves Midnight Oil and the ball really got rolling for them musically. With the release of albums like Red Sails in the Sunset, Diesel and Dust and Blue Sky Mining they became stalwarts on the Australian and world music scenes. Their biggest songs include “The Dead Heart”, “Beds are Burning”, “Power and the Passion”, and “Blue Sky Mine”.

From the get go the band has always been politically oriented. Subjects their music has broached has included nuclear disarmament, Australian indigenous rights, colonisation, and environmental conservation. Since 2002, when lead singer Peter Garrett announced he would be focusing on a political career the band has taken periods of time off.

On top of the Aussie rockers you get Canada’s political minstrel, Matthew Good. A definite landmark in what makes Canadian music awesome, Good is one of our best kept secrets who continually refuses to sell out or lower his standards. His determination to make a new record every time has produced some great albums.

For those not familiar with Matthew Good, he has been around quite a long time. The Canadian rock musician started off in the 90s with the Matthew Good Band. It was one of the most successful Canadian bands during that decade. Songs like “Hello Time Bomb”, “Load Me Up” and “Strange Days” were big hits for the band. After plenty of turmoil and members leaving the band, the Matthew Good Band was disbanded in 2002. A solo career for Good started shortly afterwards. His song “Weapon” was a hit. Besides his music career he began to establish himself as a social activist focusing on mental health (he has been diagnosed with bi-polar disease) and politics. He has done plenty of writing and blogging on the subjects.

While Good was never an artist to get stuck in a rut he has really made a career upon branching out in a different direction with each recording. Despite the passing years, the vocals are still strong and the listener is getting the front row view of what is going on in Good’s head and it’s still interesting. Good successfully integrates his powerful messages with his gratifying music.

Additional Information:

-Date:  August 23, 2017

-Venue:  Salle Wilfrid Pelletier – Place des Arts

-Website:  www.midnightoil.com

-Ticket Purchase:  www.ticketmaster.com

-Ticket Prices:  $60.25, $76.75, $91.75 (plus handling charges)

-Show Time:  7:30 p.m.

-Opening Act:  Matthew Good

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