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Midnight Oil play the Bowl on their Great Circle Tour 2017 Monday 6 November 2017. Photo by Ros O'Gorman

Midnight Oil play the Bowl on their Great Circle Tour 2017 Monday 6 November 2017. Photo by Ros O'Gorman

Rob Hirst Is The Second Oil’s Member In A Month With Solo Music

by Paul Cashmere on March 7, 2018

in News

Midnight Oil drummer Rob Hirst has dropped his new solo E.P. ‘Powerful Owls’ just a month after new music from Jim Moginie.

Hirst’s ‘Powerful Owls’ is a five-track E.P. with high-octane political commentary starting with ‘Low Net Worth Individual’.

Rob has collaborated with Lez Karski on The Hippos for the tracks which also feature Al ‘Owl’ Britton on Dynamic Hepnotics on bass, Glenn Wellman on guitar and Midnight Oil’s touring member and member of Hunters & Collectors Jack Hoard in brass.

According to Rob, “Powerful Owl (Ninox Strenua). There’s a family of powerful owls living in the bush near my home. They’re massive, with huge golden eyes and brown flecks over a white body. The young one is particularly beautiful, with a white face and breast and dark eye-patches (hard nights on the hunt?) They never take their eyes off me as I pass underneath their chosen angophora tree, their roost way up high – perfect for spotting a lazy ringtail possum or a tardy flying fox. I always get the impression that if I lingered too long in the winter breeding season, they’d swoop down, tear me apart and carry the pieces up into a limb of their tree. Powerful stuff!”

Midnight Oil guitarist Jim Moginie released his E.P. ‘Perpetua’ in February.

‘Powerful Owls tracklisting

Low Net Worth Individual
Nowing We Have Seen
And The Earth Is Round
Free Range Train
Seeding The Clouds

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