(ed:..i luurve the oils..!..and fuck you – u2..)
As other veteran activist bands flirt with capitulation to Trump — looking at you U2 — Midnight Oil stands strong.
Reunion tours are a dime a dozen these days.
Leave it to the seasoned Australian band Midnight Oil — currently on their first world tour in two decades – dubbed ‘The Great Circle 2017’ — to raise the bar for comeback treks.
The quintet’s Aug. 27 show at the midsize House of Blues in Cleveland was nothing short of incredible.
This had much to do with Midnight Oil’s galvanizing music.
They’ve never sounded like any other band — even major U.S. hits such as ‘Beds Are Burning’ ‘Blue Sky Mine’ and ‘Truganini’ felt like modern rock interlopers — and this fiery originality was thrown into sharp relief in a club setting.
The aforementioned trio of songs was predictably well-received but so were deeper cuts across a range of styles: teeth-baring new-wave darkness (‘Koala Sprint’ a song on the band’s 1979 LP ‘Head Injuries’) – barbed jangle-punk (‘Read About It’) – chiming dream-rock (the melancholic ‘Warakurna’ ‘Now or Never Land’) – and brisk folk moodiness (‘Kosciusko’).
In one of the night’s most moving moments the entire audience loudly sang the introductory wordless chorus of ‘The Dead Heart’ along with the band.
Midnight Oil’s enduring musicianship also impressed.