• EXCLUSIVE: A. B. Original speak to NITV about what Australia Day really means to them as First Nations artists. (NITV News)Source: NITV News
This is what A. B. Original think about January 26 one year on from their politically charged agenda setting album, Reclaim Australia, the duo spoke to NITV News one year later as we head into another Australia Day with more voices than ever calling for a change of date.
By
Laura Morelli

24 Jan 2018 - 11:05 AM  UPDATED 9 Apr 2018 - 1:35 AM

You watching tele for The Bachelor
But wouldn’t read a book about a f***load of massacres?

F*** celebrating days made of misery 
White Aus still got the black history 
And that shirt will get you banned from the Parliament
If you ain't having a conversation, well then we starting it!

These are just some of the famous lyrics that saw A. B. Original sweep the nation - winning Aria awards and picking up prestigious musical accolades left, right and centre. Not only did Briggs and Trials start heated conversations, but the deadly duo also pushed the #ChangeTheDate debate. It came after their work from Reclaim Australia saw them sweep awards and win titles such as Briggs' 'Agenda Setter of the Year' enabling strong black musicians with a voice to be heard. Soon after their track January 26 took over airwaves, things started to change.

The most monumental being Triple J's hottest 100 songs of the year, the countdown iconically known for kicking off on Australia Day - January 26, before Triple J historically changed the date at the end of last year.  

It’s the exclusion of the nation’s first people, the oldest living culture on the planet.

You may have heard their song January 26 on the radio, seen the video clip on TV screens or even voted for it in the hottest 100 - but do you really know what it's about?

As suggested by A. B. Original's lyrics, everyone it seemed was watching The Bachelor and its spin off the bachelorette,  last year Sophie Monk broke the record for the highest rating launch of any edition of the show in Australia. The premiere averaged 952,000 viewers across the five capital cities last night, while the finale pulled in 2.2 million viewers, but when it comes to the nation's history, less than 40 per cent of Australians know what actually happened on Jan 26. You can only imagine how little people know why many tend to call it Survival Day or Invasion Day.

Deadly duo Briggs and Trials say, you can call it what you want, 'but it just don't mean a mother. F***ing. Thing'. 

 

What do A. B. Original think of January 26?

Before their set at Subsonic Music Festival, of Australia's most rapidly growing forest dance party, NITV News caught up with the Indigenous artists who are on a mission to educate, inform and empower the nation and offend the rednecks, with their latest album Reclaim Australia.

Briggs: It’s a white nationalist holiday

Trials: It’s the exclusion of the nation’s first people, the oldest living culture on the planet.

Briggs: It’s about the expansion of the white race and the dehumanisation and genocide of us. like wholeheartedly that’s what the day represents.

You can call it whatever you want…

NITV News: What do you guys get up to on that day - you usually stay home for it don’t you?

Trials: On the phone to each other trying to figure out how we’re avoiding it. Every year.

Briggs: I don’t think people understand the actual tangible and reality of the conflict that day brings about. There’s nothing worse when that day comes around and it’s a real nice day.

It shits ya because you don’t want to go outside because you’re going to be confronted by you know – flag caps.

Trials: Yeah blind patriotism and that’s the thing. I can understand people who might not be educated on the matter, that’s why we wrote the song in the way we did - in the most slap in the face this is what it means to us.

Anyone who still stands that way after hearing our song, that’s their issue, that’s something they’ve got to deal with because they’re a dying race, they’re a dying breed, they’re gone.

Briggs: We met them way further than halfway at that joint. We met them way further than halfway. They got a good deal. They got a good song, they got us, and they got distracted, distracted from all those crocodile atrocities, (the only thing that seems to be on Bob Katter's agenda).

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