Mar 15, 2024 | News

Peter Garrett finally drops his new solo album The True North today. Recorded in his hometown of Sydney with producer Tony Buchen and featuring artwork by daughter, Grace Garrett the songs span infectious rockers like ‘Permaglow’, the atmospheric title track and a new focus track called ‘Paddo’ – a rap paean to the SCG (among many other things!).

To coincide with this release Peter and his band the Alter Egos kicked off their national tour with a special “Great Southern Nights” performance at Newcastle City Hall this week that included new tunes, some highlights from his 2016 solo debut, and more than a few Midnight Oil classics featuring the signature guitar work of the Oil’s Martin Rotsey. The True North Tour includes a sold-out show at Sydney’s The Factory Theatre tonight and will then visit the other mainland capitals plus Cairns before hitting its apex at Bluesfest over Easter. For the full list of dates click here.

Meanwhile, Peter will feature in a special episode of ABC TV’s Australian Story at 8pm AEDT on Monday March 18 (and thereafter on iView) when he will be interviewed by Leigh Sales. The in-depth chat about life, activism and music was inspired by the reflective tone that runs through Peter’s new album which has already lead critics to gush:

“Musically intrepid and lyrically striking, The True North is a joy” (Jeff Jenkins, Stack Magazine)

“The True North has a sonic footprint similar to the 2016 solo debut A Version Of Now: firmly rock ‘n’ roll, but more gentle than an Oils album, tinged with folk, country and pop ….  The lyrics on this album are as powerful and urgent as ever, and Garrett somehow finds new gears to sing them.” (Andrew McMillen, The Weekend Australian)