Santa Teresa shredders Southeast Desert Metal have proven once again that they aren’t here to fuck around, sending forth a blistering cover of Midnight Oil’s iconic ‘Beds Are Burning’ as part of the recently released Deadly Hearts – Walking Together compilation, arriving moments ahead of the official laugh of NAIDOC Week 2020.
Featuring on the album alongside an incredible list of First Nation artists, Southeast Desert Metal have brought a hefty dose of ruthless metal to the occasion with their completely face melting rendition.
“We chose ‘Beds Are Burning’ because it’s a great song,” the band’s Chris Wallace said via ABC. “Indigenous people are still struggling. This land was stolen from us. In this song we’re saying it’s time to give it back.”
Though ‘Beds Are Burning’ has always been incredibly hard-hitting, Southeast Desert Band have added even more oomph delivering it through the lens of heavy metal, adding a tone and urgency to a message which continues to remain as relevant as ever.
Earlier in the year, Blunt Magazine was fortunate enough to speak with Chris about being the world’s most isolated heavy metal band.
Appearing on the album alongside Ziggy Ramo, Miiesha, The Woorabinda Singers, Isaiah Firebrace, Sycco and other many more triple j favourites, Deadly Hearts – Walking Together is an undeniable celebration of the incredible musical talent of First Nations artists.
NAIDOC Week 2020 is also an opportunity to do more than headbang along to brutal renditions. It’s an opportunity to learn about the culture, history and current day situation for Indigenious Australians.
Per the Huffington Post, Dr. Peter Andrews, Senior Lecturer in Indigenous Studies and Tourism at Swinburne University, states NAIDOC Week is “a way for Aboriginal people to come together and celebrate, and a wonderful opportunity for schools, community groups and organisations to connect with Aboriginal people, culture and history”.
Between November 8 – November 15, an incredible plethora of discussions and events will be taking place including livestreamed events and workshops. NITV will also be showcasing a brilliant line up of film and TV content further exploring and highlighting the creative works of First Nations people.
Deadly Hearts – Walking Together is out now.
NAIDOC WEEK 2020:
Sunday, 8th November – Sunday, 15th November