ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, MAY 26, 2010
BY STEVE NEWTON
History shows that the major record labels have done all right for themselves while bringing Australian music to the masses. Atlantic signed AC/DC to an international distribution deal in 1976, and for years afterward its stockholders reaped the benefits of monumental blues-metal. During the ’80s U.S. labels made a pretty penny off increasingly accessible Aussie rock acts like INXS and Midnight Oil, and you couldn’t flip on the radio in ’83 without hearing Men at Work sing the praises of Vegemite sandwiches. Thanks a bunch, CBS.
“There’s a lot of songs that are political but just not so blunt,” reveals Butler. “They’re a little more poetic than they have been. But it’s also personal. I mean, ever since I had my kid there’s a lot more to write about than just what the bad guys are doin’ in the world, you know.
“And to be more to the point,” he continues, “if you want to talk about a revolution, and talk about poverty and progress, you gotta talk about love. You just can’t keep throwin’ the negativity onto the negativity, you know.”
Butler’s band makes great strides towards asserting a positive musical vibe with its single “One Way Road”, a bouncy, upbeat ditty that could be the jam-roots outfit’s poppiest tune ever.
“Some people thought that song wouldn’t be so good because of how fast the lyrics were comin’ at ya,” he says. “It has the classic pop chord progression used on thousands of songs, but mixed with a bit of dancehall and a bit of lap-steel guitar it kinda changes into something else that is still very original and unique in its sound.”