Midnight Oil have been missing from the musical landscape since 2002. Is the time
right for the Oils to return? Let’s look at the issues.
When is the time right to get the band back together? As the Hoodoo Gurus say,
“There’s no time like the right time”.
Let me be the first to say that Midnight Oil have nothing to prove. The music
created lives on and always will.
Hailing from the Northern Beaches of Sydney, the Oils conquered the world
but would a re formed Oils need to do that? The answer is no.
Would the Oils be relevant in 2016? That’s an easy yes. Listen to the back
catalogue. Short Memory, US Forces, Read About It. Well the Russians are in
Syria, the US Forces are still giving the nod and Corporate Greed is greater
There is still so much going on in the world and even in our own back yard.
I think there is plenty of material but what about the songs.
The last song that really stood out for me was Golden Age. Listen to it and
you can hear complexity in the music and
lyrics. I am sure there is a whole file of music ready for lyrics.
Have a listen to The Break and it reminds you of Wedding Cake Island
and how much melody Midnight Oil had in their music.
Although the public buy less CD’s, many buy music through iTunes or use
online streams such as Spotify.
Digital sales are a big part of the landscape these days and doesn’t need
physical sales, solving a problem from the last USA tour where the Oils
music wasn’t available for fans to buy even with sold out concerts.
The Oils don’t need a major label but that is said without knowing the current
arrangements and contracts in place.
The Oils were the first of the Independent acts. They had their own label in
Powderworks Records which can be used again, so that’s theoretically covered.
When it comes to distribution then Reverberation looks like a good avenue if a
major label isn’t the go.
As Rob Hirst said about The Break, We can do a tour and be back by bin night”.
The Oils can tour at their own pace.Even though venues like Lizottes would be
too small, there is still a range of venues for the Oils to play.
When Midnight Oil left the landscape the Day on the Green series of concerts
weren’t as big as they are now. Looking at some of the recent line ups. Hunters &
Collectors, Hoodoo Gurus, Sunnyboys and Cold Chisel. The Sunnyboys were one
of the very unlikely reunions.
Would they be as good as they were? Well I would say they would still kick ass.
You can’t expect the Oils of The Antler days. I’m sure most of that crowd would be
in their 50’s or 60’s and am sure they aren’t what they once were.
Garrett recently said in an interview that he had picked up the guitar again and
started some writing. This shows the bug is still there so I wish someone would
tell Craig Bloxom from Spy V Spy that.
The time is right for Midnight Oil to jump into Moginie’s studio and work on
The time is right to do it on their own terms and their won way. But isn’t that
the ways Midnight Oil has always done it?