Midnight oil represents what hard work looks like for budding musicians and artists in Australia. They have always supported both political and the arts. Lead singer Peter Garrett even became a minister representing the arts but has since returned to music. Their new LP The Makarrata Project tries to bring awareness of indigenous issues in Australia.
Supporters of the Arts
Midnight has always been a supporter of the arts in Australia using some famous aboriginal artists to do Midnight Oil covers. For example, the cover for Earth, Sun and Moon was created by aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira. He was well known for his unique take on Australian landscapes combining a European feel for landscapes with his perspectives of the country and sacred sights.
Midnight Oil Return
Midnight has recently returned with the release of their LP called The Makarrata Project. Much of the profits will be donated to charities to support the Uluru Statement From the Heart. The LP includes songs by vocalists Kaleena Briggs, Bunna Lawrie and Dan Sultan and lyrics by Gadigal poet Joel Davison. It is a collaboration with First Nation People. It is expected that Midnight Oil will tour sometime after the release of their new album although this can not be confirmed due to Coronavirus.
Midnight has been responsible for raising awareness about indigenous issues. In 1983 they toured with the Aboriginal band ‘No Fixed Address’ and the ‘Warumpi Band’ under the ‘Rock Against Racism’ banner. It has also released some famous albums and songs which supported aboriginal issues including their hit song ‘Beds Are Burning’ in 1987. Four years later, they famously wore a black suit with white writing saying ‘SORRY’ to bring about awareness of the Stolen Generation at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.
The arts and politics will be more colourful as a result of Midnight Oil’s return. They continue to be a major supporter of artists in Australia.