Tony Burke has been the federal member for Watson since 2004. When not serving his constituency, he follows his ardour for music. Right here he outlines the songs he needs to see stay once more, and what ignites his ardour for them. We’ve additionally put collectively a spotify playlist of those, so do take a hear.

There’s nothing like watching your favorite artists carry out stay. Each track is barely totally different to the recorded model and each efficiency is totally different to the earlier one. So whereas the venues have turned their moshpits into desk service and the festivals are on maintain, right here’s what I’m prepared for the second we’re on the opposite aspect of distancing. Dwell music is the other of distancing. Right here’s the songs I can’t wait to listen to once more, loud and stay.

Gang of Youths “Worry and Trembling” – The Enmore

They’re my favorite band. It’s the primary track on Go Farther in Lightness and it hits you. It’s a six-minute rollercoaster of emotion and power taking you from disaster to hope and to worry and trembling. I’ve solely seen them stay 4 occasions. Not sufficient.

Gang of Youths

Alex Lahey “Each Day’s the Weekend” – Laneway, Sydney

Typically you don’t realise how a lot you take pleasure in somebody’s music till you see them stay. I’d at all times loved “Ivy League” however after I turned as much as the smallest of the levels at Laneway a few years in the past the courtyard was packed for Alex Lahey. As the group sang alongside each phrase to each track I realised one thing I hadn’t anticipated. I knew virtually each phrase to each track too. One singer, one guitar and tunes that keep in your head for ages.

Alex the Astronaut “Comfortable Tune” – Oxford Artwork Manufacturing facility

Alex is quick being recognised as among the finest storytellers we have now in Australia. It’s no shock she has the identical supervisor as Paul Kelly. The primary time I heard “Already House” and the road “there’s billionaires for President and parking fines at hospitals” I pulled over to the aspect of the street so I didn’t miss a phrase. And the phrases to “Comfortable Tune” require some focus. They’re actually, actually unhappy. However that’s what a fantastic storyteller can do. On the Oxford Artwork Manufacturing facility the group didn’t simply sing alongside. They have been divided into sections and all got here in on the right level. Extremely organised and enjoyable. And the lyrics are phrase good.

Chilly Chisel “Letter to Alan” – Canberra

The second album I ever purchased was Chilly Chisel’s Circus Animals. I used to be too younger to go to the Final Stand live shows however I’d watched the outdated VHS recording of the live performance 1,000,000 occasions. Lastly I noticed them stay final summer time and so they didn’t disappoint. “Letter to Alan” is a tribute to a very long time roadie for the band who was killed on the street. Whenever you see the band carry out it stay you continue to really feel the uncooked emotion of the lack of a real good friend.

Thelma Plum “Greenback” –  Woodford

The Again in Blak album is so good, it’s simple to overlook the incredible music Thelma Plum had produced earlier than it was launched. I sat with my spouse Skye on the hill behind the Grande stage on the Woodford People Competition just a few years again and “Greenback” was the observe that noticed the entire space erupt. Catchy, with lyrics that don’t miss. Right here’s an artist who has been calling out hypocrisy and owns the stay stage.

Thelma Plum

A.B. Unique “ICU” – Sydney Area

I by no means understood why this track didn’t get extra play on the time. It was at all times my favorite track on the album Reclaim Australia. The recorded model has Briggs and Trials with Thelma Plum. Once I noticed it stay it was with Caiti Baker. It tells the brutal actuality of deaths in custody. It’s chilling to listen to the road “I get the sensation that me respiration is a bonus”.

Polish Membership “Readability” – The Set, ABC Studios

I’m dishonest with this one as a result of final week I did see Polish Membership stay once more. It was a socially distanced gig at The Vanguard at Newtown. They’re sensible. Humorous. And born to play stay. However being a part of a crowd that wishes to bop be confined to tables is a studying curve. I actually felt for the primary session who have been handled to a desk service meal. This isn’t banquet music. I like it.

Tash Sultana “Jungle” – Bluesfest Byron Bay

I liked Tash’s music from the second I first heard this track on Triple J. What I didn’t realise on the time was that Tash was your entire band. Watching this artist stay is riveting. It’s like a magician explaining the secrets and techniques. Every riff and rhythm is laid down because the devices change. Then layer after layer is added. After which, on a stage arrange prefer it’s all being performed at residence and performing in naked ft to regulate the pedals with precision, music that has taken the world by storm takes over the group.

Tash Sultana

Midnight Oil “Quick Reminiscence” – Sydney Area

What stunned me on the Area gig was that despite the fact that Peter Garrett and I had change into associates throughout his 9 years in Parliament, the second he returned to the stage I used to be again to being the obsessed fan, belting out each phrase to each track, with the occasional fist within the air. 10 to 1 was the primary Oils album I purchased and the spoken part on the finish of “Quick Reminiscence” is extraordinary stay. I’ve seen the band play many occasions however this part at all times adjustments to remind that even the newest occasions repeat the injustices of the previous.

Peter Garrett

Ganggajang “Sounds of Then” – Labor Caucus Room, Parliament Home

Okay. So that is utterly a manner of delivering a humblebrag. I’m a part of a storage band of Labor MPs and employees that jams in Parliament Home after we are down there for sittings. Final 12 months, Mark Callaghan of Ganggajang joined us for the top of 12 months get together and one of many tracks we performed was his personal Sounds of Then. Mark later instructed me it was like performing to the solid of QandA! It’s an iconic Australian track and I’d like to see it stay once more, even when I don’t get to be within the band.


All efficiency images by Bruce Baker (@bruce_a_baker)
Gang of Youths – Laneway 2019, Sydney
Alex Lahey – The Metro, Sydney (15.06.19)
Alex The Astronaut – Laneway 2019, Sydney
Thelma Plum – Plan B, Sydney (17.06.16)
Tash Sultana – Sydney Metropolis Limits (24.02.18)
Peter Garrett – Taronga Zoo, Sydney (27.01.17)

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