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Quit Coal takes over the Premier’s Office

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , on June 7, 2012 by Weary Hobo

Photo: Concerned community members from rural Victoria and Melbourne locked on to protest against brown coal exports.

As I write there is a great protest against exporting brown coal going on with padlocks and chains in VIC Premier Ted Ballieu’s office. I learnt about this from call from a friend who is part of the Quit Coal group who asked me to sing a song for them over the loudspeaker. I feel hugely grateful to you for putting yourselves on the line in such an important battle.

The struggle for the climate and against coal is now greater than ever. Get involved! 

If you are from Victoria and want food bowls over coal quarrys call Ted (03 9651 5000) and ask him to explain his failed election promise to take action on climate change or contact Quit Coal.

Yours lurkfully, 

Weary and the Lurkers.

Rising Tide Action

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 16, 2011 by Weary Hobo

Action by Rising Tide in Newcastle on August 5th, 2011 to highlight coal’s contribution to Somalia’s famine

Rising Tide Australia is a grassroots Newcastle group taking action against the causes of anthropogenic climate change and for equitablejust,effective, and sustainable solutions to the crisis. We are committed to the principles of Non-violent Direct Action. We are part of the global Rising Tide climate justice movement. We live in the biggest coal port in the cosmos.

In this action, the activists were calling for coal companies to donate some of their profits to the hundreds of thousands facing starvation due to the terrible climate change driven drought in East Africa.

“Coal is recognised globally as the biggest contributor to climate change. Yet, while climate disaster ravages East Africa, coal companies operating here in Australia are planning to massively expand their coal production, ignoring all the negative impacts.” Spokesperson Naomi Hogan

Climate change is affecting the poorest first. It’s easy for politicians to say “we don’t have enough evidence” speaking the lines that come from minerals councils and lobby groups. The West Australian State Liberals want us to wait for yet another report. A Royal Commission in fact. It is infuriating to people still using these stalling tactics. It is important that we stand with Rising Tide in their actions.

It is not just Australia that battles with the mega-rich resource multi-nationals. Here is a little idea from Canada to address an issue creatively – No Tankers Oil Poster

W.H.

Who’s got a padlock and chain?

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 24, 2011 by Weary Hobo

Dearest Lurkers,

What does it take to fix a problem like climate change? Maybe just a padlock and chain.

Breaking News! Download the single ‘Who’s Got a Padlock and Chain?‘ from our new album free online now at www.triplejunearthed.com/thelurkers – Listen! Download! Review and help us get the song played on triple J!

The Story

Last year at Climate Camp I took part in non-violent direct action to against burning coal and polluting more carbon. With seventy others, I locked myself on to the coal train line and was arrested and charged. The scariest thing about this was not the doing of locking-on but anxiety about going before a court.

A co-arrestee Justin told me that East Maitland Court used to sentence people to be hanged.

Today our story played out in East Maitland Court where I dressed my finest and arrived early with references signed and in hand. My boss Sarah, a family friend Jan, a person I worked with at Uni Belinda and my friend Kirsty gave me references for the Judge.  We sat in the Court and listened to the Judge as he stated what we had done and how he made his decision about whether we should be convicted. He said we were ‘impressive and remarkable individuals.’

For all of us all it was a big sigh of relief.

We celebrated with drinks and lunch across the train line after Court and the locals congratulated us for what we did. Thanks to the Environmental Defender’s Office especially Sue Higgenson for amazing legal support.

The Crooked Fiddle Band have released their latest ‘Overgrown Tales’ and you can listen to it free online here. Thanks to the band for mentioning us in their liner notes. They’re a gorgeous band and this album is phenomenal. My favourite track is number 7, ‘Over hill and Under Hill.

Don’t forget: www.triplejunearthed.com/thelurkers
Stay Lurky!
Weary H.

Pirate Studios

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 4, 2011 by Weary Hobo

Hi Lurkers,

After a brief two-hour stop over in Syderlee, The Lurkers continued the wonderful adventure south to Tathra and Pirate Studios with Dave Sparks. In 2010, guitarist Daniel Champagne suggested that we get in touch with Dave because of his great studio. We booked in for five nights and four days with Dave doing the audio engineering.

The attentive Mr Sparks

Working with Dave was a pleasure. His style is carefully attentive and not too gentle – he’ll always go for one more take it he thinks we can get the best take. Dave’s background is in punk and because of this his recording style gets a genuine sound that we are really happy with.

The way we’ve been recording is pretty straight musically where we set up a room mic plus mics on each of the three instruments and just go for it. Some songs take longer than others – there was a memorably epic 28 takes for one song. Normally one f the first few takes are the best.

After recording the backing music the lead vocalist will go and do their take.

After the main vocals are done, then the harmonies and any instruments to put over the top like mandolin or solos.

Occasionally, there are some sound effects to our tracks. The little touches make all the difference.

We didn’t want to waste Dave’s time so we’d practice after he’d gone off to bed. Our working day was nine till ten or eleven with breaks for lunch and dinner. Still by then end of the four days our ears were pretty worn out from concentration and our egos shattered from hearing our own selves back over and over again. Tempers were frayed by the end of each day because recording takes a specific musician – perfectionistic attention to detail. Not The Lurkers, but we work hard to get there.

As expensive, difficult and unrewarding it can be recording is unavoidable for a small independent artist. You’ve got to have something to take on the road and give people. Also, getting played on the radio is a massive help if you’re playing in towns you’ve never been. Community radio will often play your songs and promote your shows getting punters who might buy your cd.

In the end of the four days we had recorded eleven songs and mixed six. We’re going back in March with Mim Jones to help out on fiddle for a few tracks and to record a couple more. We’re aiming now to have the album out in June/July under the working title ‘Padlock and Chain’. Joel Tarling is doing design and art for the package and you can check out his art here.

Yours lurkfully,

Weary H.

People’s occupation of the world’s biggest coal port

Posted in Activism, Anarchism, Climate change, Culture with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 29, 2010 by Desert Rat Shorty

Newcastle Harbour 3 hours north of Sydney has the dubious honour of being the world’s biggest coal port.  It’s where Australia exports climate change to the rest of the world.

The people’s occupation of the harbour is an annual event where people build dodgy rafts and other ‘sea worthy’ vessels and occupy the harbour for the day, stopping any coal ships from getting through.  Activism that involves swimming, lying on the beach and capsising hopeless raft building efforts..

Good times had by all!