Although a new facein UK music, IndigenousAustralian rocker Scott Darlow has already had an impact in Australia. His debut single ‘Solid Rock‘ (A Goanna cover) went viral last January; it’s video featured a mixture of Australians from all backgrounds flying the Aboriginal flag and was shared across social media. Stacking up 30,000 plays in its first weeks, the track created a powerful statement, speaking for Indigenous Australia’s unheard voice. Darlow’s Aboriginal heritage is never far from his heart, and the troubles effecting his people if a frequent theme to his records, the Didgeridoo forming a vital part of his sound and musical identity. Click here to watch the video
When the second single,‘Sorry’, was released, it became the most played track on Australian radio in the month of February 2016, and charted at number 6 on the countries iTunes chart.
Now Scotts back with Down Like Flies , a guitar driven anthemic rock song that was written by Darlow after spending a day at Banksia Hill Detention Centre, Perth. The song was inspired by seeing a disproportionate amount of Indigenous Australian children in maximum security prison. But rather than pen a song that lays blame at the feet of broader Australia – Darlow wrote this lyric from a heart of wanting to see his people (Darlow being an Aboriginal man from Yorta Yorta country) make every effort possible to help arrest the statistics that we see all over Australia. “I firmly believe that education is such a key to true reconciliation” Said Darlow. “Aboriginal children are currently 10 times more likely to go to prison than finish high school at the moment, and that’s just heartbreaking. So for us as Aboriginal people, we need to play our part in reconciliation, and that is, I think, getting our kids to school. Get them attending, and get them actively participating and really pushing to finish high school. Then, we will see Aboriginal kids become Aboriginal doctors, lawyers, teachers, engineers and accountants, and that generation will then become the next lot of role models.”
Even though the song was inspired by his passionate heart for reconciliation, Darlow found that when it came time to pen the lyrics, his heart was wanting to sing a song for all disadvantaged young people. “The thing that strikes me about a visit to a prison, is that these kids are REALLY good kids. But sadly, so many in our society end up spending a lifetime trying to recover from a traumatic start. Whether that’s an abusive childhood, a neglectful one, or even a childhood that lacks compassion and support. At times, I’m struck by the unfairness of it all – we don’t get to choose where we are born. We just land there, and try and make the best of it. It’s really a lottery.”
Speaking from experience, Darlow remains grateful for the close friends, and close relationships formed through playing football for helping him rise above his own childhood challenges. ” I went to 7 different schools. Moved around a lot, and eventually my father passed away from alcoholism related pancreatitis. I was fortunate to have caring mates and support from footy clubs. Not everyone has that. So this song is really about more than just my mob, ‘Aboriginal Australians’. It’s a song for everyone who has faced adversity and a tough start. It’s a song that says, lets help each other out. The grass is greener over here, let’s just make it there, together.”.