SoSo aren’t very happy and you can’t really blame them. The News South Wales Government shut down an entire night time subculture in Sydney’s erstwhile good time suburb Kings Cross by banning clubs and pubs from opening late following some random acts of drunken violence. This ultimately lead to a number of iconic music venues shutting down and an instant anaesthetic to any sense of fun in the area. Thank goodness property prices increased, though, although the violence funnily enough just moved to the surrounding suburbs. Coupled with the draconian and hypocritical response to drug regulation and the replacement of live music venues with pokies – those insidious slot machines that grew like a cancer across Australian pubs – there’s a lot to be annoyed about.
And SoSo’s response? That archetypal laconic Australian affirmation negated immediately after a nanosecond: Yeah, Nah. It’s just not on.
Lead singer Rhys de Burgh talks about the inspiration behind ‘Yeah Nah’:
‘Yeah Nah’ originated as a bit of a joke song and ended up a rebellious, energetic earworm. The track is a big call out of the shitty lockout laws that killed so many Sydney music venues, archaic drug enforcement policies and the true enemy of live music – poker machines. Fuck pokies.
The fact that SoSo have wrapped this piece of agit prop up in such an infectious ear worm that you couldn’t get it out of your head with a hammer and chisel is all the more pleasing. Less than two minutes of highly enjoyable larrikinism with the haunting refrain we all know you’re f@cking liars is utterly delicious.
It’s fun, it’s catchy and it has a serious message: ‘Yeah, Nah’ is available to download and stream here.
Rhys de Burgh – Vocals
Harrison Zatschler – Guitars
Tom Doy – Drums
Christian Doyle – Guitars
Tahlia Mclennan – Bass