Move away from the quarterdeck, what are you doing sailor? We’re going to New Holland! Rom-pom-pom-pom-pom pom-pom! We brought our Union Jack!
And so begins the introduction of the Blackbreaks song “Terra Nullius”. With a yelling protagonist modelled on an angry Arthur Phillip circa 1788, the Commander of Britain’s “First Fleet” of convict laden ships bound for what is now known as Australia. Phillip was soon to become the first Governor of the fledgling colonial outpost.
We just noticed this old live track from the Annandale hotel some years ago. Its an unreleased song called Angry Poets, which was about the Egyptian uprising at the time. An early version of the Blackbreaks line up, but the song goes ok we rekon – what do you think?
Sydney this next show is an important one. It’s the Sydney leg for the worldwide arts and music festival supporting West Papua. When our politicians are blindsided by mining profits it’s up to us – musicians and music lovers to take a stand, and show this long suffering community we hear them, and we care.
It’s at Waywards Bank hotel just next to Newtown Station, Friday Sept 30th. See. Youse. There.