John Butler Trio stand up to the bullies on new single
“Over the years of campaigning to protect pristine and sacred parts of our globe, I’ve witnessed two archetypes over and over again; the bully and the power of community,” John Butler said in a statement today.
“It’s always been the injustice inflicted by the Bully that's incited me to stand up, and the strength of community that's kept my faith in humanity.”
Such is the inspiration for the new John Butler Trio single ‘Bully’, which the band released this morning.
The song is among the heaviest tracks John Butler Trio have ever released. Butler uses the power of big distorted guitars and group vocals (including the voice of the amazing Kira Puru) to back up his impassioned, defiant vocal. It’s a powerful, rallying cry that will undoubtedly resonate with Butler’s massive, largely socially conscious fanbase.
Hear it below:
Writing about the song in a statement this morning, Butler was typically scathing about large, powerful organisations and what they do with that power.
“‘Bully’ is about the abuse of power. It's about governments, corporations and organisations who think they have the right to use violence and their powers of state against their own community; telling us how we should live, who we're allowed to marry, whose lives matter and whose do not, how much racism is tolerable, what industries and private enterprises should be allowed on our land and how contaminated our water is allowed to be.
“It's about a bully mindset that is so greedy for more control, power and dominance that it’s willing to use violence against innocent citizens and in the process, killing the planet and life upon it, just to feed its veracious appetite.
“This song is about good people all over the world, who believe in a fair, just and sustainable future, who are willing to stand together to protect what is most precious to them.”
After a relatively quiet couple of years, John Butler Trio are pretty much back in full swing. They are currently in the midst of a US tour and will be back on home shores soon, where they’ll play a few massive shows supporting Midnight Oil in November. We can expect the seventh John Butler Trio album – the first since 2014’s Flesh & Blood – in early 2018.
Their forthcoming Australian dates are as follows:
Saturday 4 November – Hanging Rock, Macedon Ranges (with Midnight Oil, Something for Kate, Frank Yamma & David Bridie)
Saturday 11 November – The Domain, Sydney (with Midnight Oil and A.B. Original)
Friday 17 November – The Domain, Sydney (with Midnight Oil and A.B. Original)
Saturday 18 November – Summersalt 2017, Glenelg Beach, Adelaide (with Missy Higgins)