“PERMAGLOW” BRINGS BACK THE POLEMICAL PETER GARRETT AS ALBUM RELEASE LOOMS
Peter Garrett drops a new single with the accompanying video today called “Permaglow” – it’s a trenchant rallying cry for screenagers ‘wasting away in paradise’. “George Orwell was right, we had to wait a bit longer” proclaims Garrett as the singular guitar of Midnight Oil’s Martin Rostsey slashes across the anthemic rock track.
“Permaglow” is the lead single from Peter’s March 15 release The True North which featured on most critics’ lists of 2024’s Most Anticipated Albums. Recorded with his band The Alter Egos – the new songs are already getting some live airings with appearances at Victoria’s Riverboats Festival in Australia and a special Waitangi Day performance in New Zealand over the coming weeks.
Says Peter: “When walking late at night you often see a single light blinking out of apartment blocks and houses. People watching a screen by themselves, maybe lonely, and it was this scene I was trying to tune into with “Permaglow”. There’s a massive contradiction between the cult of the successful individual celebrated in the media and the reality many people face. Community should prevail over Marvel heroes every time.”
Peter Garrett is one of the most prominent living Australians. A renowned activist, former politician, and lead singer of Midnight Oil he is a long-time campaigner on a range of local and global issues including improving the life opportunities of Indigenous Australians, ending the climate crisis, and the AUKUS agreement.
He served as president of the Australian Conservation Foundation for two terms, which saw significant additions to natural protected areas. As Minister for the Environment, he instigated the successful historic case against Japanese whaling. As Minister for School Education, he introduced the national curriculum, and legislated a new needs-based funding system for all Australian schools. He is the only Australian politician to receive the ‘Leaders for a Living Planet’ award from the World Wildlife Fund and is a member of the Order of Australia for his contributions to the music industry and environment.
The True North
(Sony Music Australia)
Release Date: March 15, 2024