Today I am releasing one of my most poignant songs to date. I do enjoy being a bit of a comedian and exposing my humourous side in song and on stage, but there is another side to me that I also like to share. I've always considered myself as a storyteller, first and foremost. I'm very passionate about using my voice as a songwriter to tell, not only my own stories, but also the important stories of other people.
My mates Kevin Bennett, Amos Morris and I have another story to tell, Starin' Out the Back of a Car and we invite you to listen and check out the music video. Link in bio. It was a real pleasure to once again work with @thefilmery, who directed and produced the video.
I wrote Starin' Out the Back of a Car a few years ago with KB, a well respected indigenous singer/songwriter that I had looked up to for quite some time. The idea had came to me whilst I was completing my final years of schooling, being educated about what was often referred to as the Stolen Generation. A lyric for the song came to me after watching a very emotional and confronting scene in the Phillip Noyce movie The Rabbit Proof Fence and I brought the idea to KB in a writing session.
KB said, "When Angus came to me with the idea for ‘Starin’ Out The Back of a Car’ and we sat down to start writing, I thought it would be a monumental task to tell such a harrowing personal story. We found however, that just by imagining yourself in that situation, we could begin to feel that there could be nothing more heartbreakingly devastating to your life than having someone take your children, your flesh and blood from you. It brought to the surface many emotions for me as a parent and now grandparent, so I could empathise with what must have been the most traumatic feelings of helplessness and profound loss…it still haunts and affects so many Aboriginal people to this day."