Megan Gnad

Watch: John Butler's politically-charged new video and the message he wants you to hear

Megan Gnad
Watch: John Butler's politically-charged new video and the message he wants you to hear
                                                                                                                            Photo / Kane Hibberd

                                                                                                                            Photo / Kane Hibberd

Ahead of next year’s new album release, independent Australian musician, John Butler, returns with a politically-charged video that he hopes will bring change.

He describes Bully about the abuse of power and greed for more control, power and dominance.

“It's about Governments, corporations and organizations who think they have the right to use violence and their powers of state against their own community; telling us how we should live, who we're allowed to marry, whose lives matter and whose do not, how much racism is tolerable, what industries and private enterprises should be allowed on our land and how contaminated our water is allowed to be,” he says.

Produced by Jan Skubiszewsku and John Butler Trio, Bully was recorded in 2016 at Jan’s Red Moon Studios in Victoria with fellow musicians; Byron Luiters (bass) and Grant Gerathy (drums).

Backing vocals were provided by Australian, vocalist Kira Puru. 

“Over the years of campaigning to protect pristine and sacred parts of our globe, I’ve witnessed two archetypes over and over again; The Bully and the Power of community,” explains John.

“It’s always been the injustice inflicted by the Bully that's incited me to stand up, and the strength of community that's kept my faith in humanity. This song is about good people all over the world, who believe in a fair, just and sustainable future, who are willing to stand together to protect what is most precious to them.” 

John Butler is undeniably the most successful independent artist in Australia.

His band, John Butler Trio has sold out performances both at home and abroad over the years. John Butler has an impressive one million album sales to his name, has been the No. 1 most played artist on Australian radio and has been awarded numerous ARIA and APRA Song writing Awards. John Butler Trio are in constant demand, having developed an earnest reputation as one of the most vibrant live bands on the global music scene. Their recent ARIA award winning album, Flesh & Blood, was released globally in February 2014. Followed by sold out tours in Australia, Europe & North America the band playing their largest ever headline ticketed show at the famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre (Colorado) in front of nearly 10,000 fans. 

 www.johnbutlertrio.com