Midnight Oil have announced they will hit the road in support of their new album, Resist, in what will be their farewell tour. Resist, the band’s 15th LP, deals with ecological issues and will be released early next year, with tour dates across Australia and New Zealand set to take place between Jan. 23 and May 13. A music video for the LP’s lead song, “Rising Seas,” can be seen – here
Vocalist Peter Garrett said in a statement: “We all know time refuses to stand still for anyone. [B]ut after many years together the band’s spirit is deep, the music and words are strong, and our ideas and actions as bold as we can make them. We’ve reached people in ways we never could have imagined. Our desire to create and speak out is undimmed. We hope everyone who hears this album and gets to one of the shows will come away charged up about the planet’s future, saying, ‘Why stop now?’ Having always tackled every tour like it’s the last, this time it actually will be.”
Midnight Oil formed in 1972 and initially split in 2002, briefly reuniting in 2005 and 2009 before returning in 2016. Garrett was a senior minister in the Australian government between 2007 and 2013 after first being elected to the House of Representatives in 2004.
The band said it’s possible they could continue working as a group. “Each of the members will continue their own projects over the years ahead,” they reported. “They remain very open to recording new music together in future and supporting causes in which they believe.”
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