Victorian rock band The Smith Street Band, dedicated their Anti-Abott song Wipe That Shit-Eating Grin Off Your Punchable Face to asylum seekers during their Splendour In The Grass set. Music Feeds photographer Yael Stempler was photographing the set and said: “The crowd cheered, it was a moment, people had middle fingers up to Tony Abbott”
The Smith Street Band released the song in January this year donating all proceeds from the track to refugees. At the time the band said: “Our government’s dehumanising stance on refugees and the empty promises of our current government in general…Hope you’re listening Tony Abbott.”
A picture of a stage banner displayed by the band during their Splendour set reading ‘Real Australians Say Welcome’ has since go viral on the Music Feeds Facebook page gaining over 2000 likes in an hour.
In an interview with Music Feeds today the band also expressed their disappointment in Bill Shorten for his recent stance on asylum seekers: “[Tony Abbott’s] really going a bit crazy…we might be able to re-release it [Wipe That Shit-Eating Grin Off Your Punchable Face] with Bill Shorten on it”, the band said.
Earlier today the Australian Labor Party voted to support Bill Shorten’s decision to support asylum seeker boat turn-backs.
“We must never allow people smugglers to take advantage of a perceived weakness and so a Labor government must have the option of turning back boats, provided it is safe to do so,” Shorten said.
Watch: Music Feeds chat to The Smith Street Band at Splendour In The Grass