The Basics – ‘Time Poor’

The Basics aka Wally De Backer (Gotye), Tim Heath and Kris Schroeder are back following their recent defense of triple j and Courtney Barnett‘s j award win for Artist Of The Year, clearly still hungry for some controversy with their latest single Time Poor being a scathing social commentary on the social apathy of Australian society.

Taking only a single play on ABC Radio National for Andrew Bolt to lodge a formal complaint with broadcaster for the songs lyric’s referencing his columns and commentary as ‘racist crap,’ the song is pretty spot on with its appraisal of Australian society. Describing it as “one-part state-creation, one-part media-saturation, one-part self-imposition” in their press release, the song references the national apathy on issues such as climate change, refugees and basic human rights. It’s sad how right the boys get it.

The third single from their most recent album The Age Of Entitlement, the clip, created by Queenslander Stephen Scott, uses cut up early 20th Century cartoons, building an exaggerated caricature of our own societies’ behavior and prejudices via video collage.

Coming as the band are have recently wound up their national tour tour, the clip is a perfect reminder of how sharp witted The Basics can be.

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