Midnight Oil drop first album in nearly 20 years before final Melbourne show

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Midnight Oil drop first album in nearly 20 years before final Melbourne show

Midnight Oil

The Aussie legends have released their first album in nearly two decades just a couple of weeks before taking to the stage in Melbourne and Geelong.

Peter Garrett’s Aussie rockers officially dropped RESIST today, a typically politically and environmentally charged effort for the group’s 15th full-length studio record.

From opener, ‘Rising Seas’ through to the last track ‘Last Frontier’, recurring themes include climate crisis, environmental degradation and the role of citizens – a theme evident in the embracing album’s call-to-action title.

What you need to know

  • Midnight Oil have officially dropped 15th album RESIST today
  • They’ve also debuted a music video for ‘We Resist’.
  • They’ll play Rod Laver Arena and A Day On The Green in March

Stay up to date with what’s happening in and around Melbourne here.

It’s a fittingly end-times vibe, given the Oils’ Melbourne gig will be the band’s last, announcing their retirement (again) after reforming for a world-tour in 2017, shortly after Garrett left parliament. Each of the members will continue their own projects over the years ahead, and they remain very open to recording new music together in future and supporting causes in which they believe, but the band are insistent that this will be their last tour.

Moods stretch from the wilderness reverie of ‘Tarkine’ and the poignant ‘Lost At Sea’ to the anthemic protest celebration ‘We Resist’ while the album’s musical span is equally broad, encompassing slashing guitars in new single ‘At The Time Of Writing’ and brooding synthetic textures in ‘We Are Not Afraid’ . There’s even a three-part epic called ‘The Barka-Darling River’ that keeps delivering surprising twists as it snakes along.

Today they’ve also debuted a music video for ‘We Resist’. A short film that combines submissions of protest actions by Oil fans from around the globe, as well as archival footage from a handful of the many such events staged by the band over the years.

Tickets to their final gigs are still available, head here.