To say we have been living in some weird and unusual times is an understatement. It has forced a lot of industries to be and do things differently. The music industry is no different and has been forced to adapt and change. One of the highlights was Music From The Home Front. With Australians bunkered down at home on Saturday night with restrictions in place it was a chance to commemorate Anzac Day and recognise the efforts of our front line workers during the pandemic with some of Australia’s finest artists assembling online for one night only.
Could you imagine if this was a festival? Incredible line up to say the least featuring exclusive contributions from the likes of Jimmy Barnes and Diesel on Working Class Man, Mark Seymour and James Reyne on Throw Your Arms Around Me, Never Tear Us Apart featuring Jon Stevens, Andrew Farriss & Isabella Manfredi and timeless classics Don’t Dream It’s Over by Crowded House and Down Under featuring Colin Hay and Delta Goodrem.
That’s not all! The hand washing theme is reinforced by The Wiggles Handwashing Song. It’s the next crop that are equally as impressive with Tones & I (Forever Young), Dean Lewis (Be Alright), The Rubens (Live In Life), G Flip (About You) and Vance Joy (Lay It On Me – Smartphone Isolation Version). Stand outs for me include Birds Of Tokyo & West Australian Symphony Orchestra (Unbreakable) and DMA’s covering Crowded House’s Better Be Home Soon. Wow!
The album finishes in a very poignant way with When The War Is Over with Jimmy Barnes, The Barnes family and Ian Moss then The Last Post with James Morrision on bugle.
Importantly one hundred percent of the proceeds from Music From The Home Front are going to Support Act. Support Act are Australia’s only charity delivering crisis relief services to artists, crew and music workers as a result of ill health, injury, a mental health problem, or some other crisis that impacts on their ability to work in music. If there is one album you’re going to buy this is one of them.
Album Review By Rob Lyon