Aussie indie rock band Bad//Dreems have shared the video for their new single “Jack“.
The song is out now via Farmer And The Owl/BM, and is another taste of their upcoming fourth album. Get it here.
Created with both advice and feedback from a number of the band’s First Nations friends, ‘Jack’ reflects on Australia’s history, emphasising the importance of First Nations people and their cultures, and white Australia’s systemic ignorance.
Guitarist Alex Cameron points out the track arrives at a salient moment, with Indigenous figures like Truganini, Bennelong, and Jundamurra being overlooked in favour of “a distant monarch”.
Speaking about it, Cameron explains:
‘Jack’ is about truth telling. Like many others we were not taught the true history of Australia at school. We were not taught about the original custodians of this land and their civilisation, the oldest on Earth.
We were not taught the truth about the 234 years since colonisation, we were not taught about Aboriginal Resistance, Frontier Wars and centuries of mistreatment of Aboriginal people. Neither were we taught about the remarkable ancient culture that surrounds us all, nor the remarkable story of its survival and evolution.
This is a song about truth telling.
Bad//Dreems Upcoming Live Dates:
Friday 21 – Launceston, Royal Oak Hotel
Saturday 22 – Hobart, Republic Bar
Friday 28 – Sydney, Crowbar
Saturday 29 – Melbourne, The Nightcat
Saturday 12 – Adelaide, The Gov
Saturday 25 – Brisbane, The Brightside