SEATED THEATRE SHOW
Age of Entitlement Tour
Stepping away from their legacy of good-time rock and peerless harmonies, their latest album is a love letter to Australia and a timelessly excellent next-level offering.
The album‚Äôs power doesn‚Äôt just come from its being recorded at London‚Äôs famous Abbey Road Studios. Life has given the band members rich fuel for their blistering pop anthems. Bassist and singer Kris Schroeder‚Äôs experiences working with the International Red Cross in Kenya have invested his songs with an illuminated disdain for Australian politics. And in the tradition of speaking up, speaking out and advocating for the disempowered, The Age of Entitlement is peppered with a fearless honesty missing from modern music. Not only does it resurrect the belligerent passion of bands like Midnight Oil and Redgum, the sheer fervour casts modern music‚Äôs preoccupations as comparatively trivial.
The Age of Entitlement is the perfect soundtrack for a beach, a protest or a party. Tracks like A Coward‚Äôs Prayer, Roundabout and Good Times, Sunshine! are some of the most powerful songs Wally De Backer (who might as well change his name to ‘AKA Gotye‘) and deft guitarist Tim Heath have ever been involved with. The album‚Äôs title is inspired by Australian treasurer, Joe Hockey, and features opening track Whatever Happened to the Working Class?, a perfect pop song, and Tunaomba Saidia, a modern folk classic.
To borrow a phrase from local comedian Andrew McClelland, The Age of Entitlement is ‘as Australian as Don Bradman riding Phar Lap past the Dog on the Tuckerbox holding a Vegemite sandwich while singing Waltzing Matilda’. It couldn‚Äôt have come from any other group or at any other time. Whether you want to party, get angry or bug out to some blistering pop, this is the ticket. As a unifying force, it‚Äôs a safe bet that no other musical offering will match it this year. And, unlike so much other music nodding to the high points of the ’60s and ’70s, it doesn‚Äôt try to be anything other than it is. Each song is efficient, catchy and will be a barnstorming live experience. Whether it‚Äôs the rage of Time Poor, the melancholy of Every Part of Me or the euphoric blast of Roundabout, this is the album you‚Äôll be keeping on repeat.
Support from William Crighton.