Melbourne meets Sydney with this little collaboration between The Bamboos and Urthboy on “Broken”. Taken from The Bamboos’ forthcoming album – their eighth – Night Time People, “Broken” is uplifting and evocative.
Coupling Urthboy’s flow with Kylie Auldist‘s soulful choruses, “Broken” addresses strength in the face of the sometimes constant battles with mental illness that many go through on a daily basis.
“I’m a big fan of The Bamboos so straight up I was stoked to be asked to work on a song with them.” Urthboy has said of the collaboration. “Most importantly the theme they floated was something I consider to be really important to talk about. I grew up in Australian sport culture, and more broadly male culture, so I feel like I’ve had a lifetime of experience in the mess of expectations we put on young men.”
“The consequences of unchecked male bravado and the toxic masculinity that results has terrible effects on the families they’re part of, and the community at large. I’ve navigated those expectations and tried to find my identity amongst them, awkwardly at times! I don’t think there are simple answers to these questions but as artists, we have to amplify the conversation and disseminate it in our own way.”
The song has seen The Bamboos also connect with two other MCs from different parts of the globe; we’ve already heard Atlanta’s J-Live work his magic and coming up this week, German singer and producer Teesy will debut his version – all three tell different stories, but all rooted in the same direction: uplifting and further opening a dialogue surrounding an important topic.
“If you or someone in your life has or is currently experiencing anxiety, depression, OCD, an eating disorder, PTSD or any kind of personality disorder: our message with this song is that asking for help is okay,” The Bamboos’ Lance Ferguson says. “It should be applauded. In fact, it’s so worthwhile that it will most probably change your life for the better.”
Check it out below!
THE BAMBOOS AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES
August 4th | Corner Hotel, MELBOURNE
August 10th | The Triffid, BRISBANE
August 11th | Oxford Art Factory, SYDNEY
August 17th | Rosemount Hotel, PERTH
August 18th | The Gov, ADELAIDE