The National Cover INXS on All-Star ‘Songs For Australia’ Benefit Album

Damien Rice, Kurt Vile and Dermot Kennedy also appear on the brushfire relief compilation.

The National have contributed a cover INXS' "Never Tear Us Apart" to an upcoming all-star benefit album for Australian brushfire relief entitled Songs for Songs for Australia. The compilation, organized by Australian singer/songwriter Julia Stone — duo Angus & Julia Stone — is due out digitally on March 5 and on CD/vinyl in June. 

Also appearing on the album in which artists cover well-known Australian tunes are Kurt Vile (covering Nick Cave's "Stranger Than Kindness"), Stone (Midnight Oil's "Beds are Burning"), Damien Rice (Sia's "Chandelier"), Martha Wainwright (Cave's "Ship Song"), Dope Lemon (the Go-Betweens' "Streets Your Town") and Dermot Kennedy (Matt Corby's "Resolution"). 

"I’m so so happy to announce a project i’ve been working on over the last few weeks," wrote Stone on Instagram. "The video/song I posted earlier ‘Beds Are Burning’ got me started… inspired I reached out to artists I had a connection with. I thought we could do more, with more us. I asked if they would cover an Australian song for an album that would raise money for the bushfire crisis. The response was immediate and immense."

The collection also includes tracks from Joan as Police Woman (Gotye's "Hearts a Mess"), Paul Kelly (Archie Roach's "Native Born"), Sam Amidon (Gang Youths' "Let Me Down Easy"), Dan Sultan (Cave's "Into My Arms"), Pomme and Petit Biscuit. "All money from this record will go to organisations that are doing amazing things to build a better future for Australia and also to respond to the needs during and following this period bushfires," added Stone. You can pre-order the CD/vinyl here

The album will benefit a variety charities, including The Firesticks Alliance Indigenous CorporationLandcare AustraliaSEED: First indigenous Youth Climate network, Emergency Leaders for Climate Action, and WildArk. “I received the most heart-warming replies from the biggest, busiest artists in the world,” Stone said in a statement. “Most these artists have toured here, have family here, friends here, have lived here or spent time here. Everyone has such great memories this country and to see it in flames was breaking everyone’s hearts.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

I’m so so happy to announce a project i’ve been working on over the last few weeks. The video/song I posted earlier ‘Beds Are Burning’ got me started… inspired I reached out to artists I had a connection with. I thought we could do more, with more us. I asked if they would cover an Australian song for an album that would raise money for the bushfire crisis. The response was immediate and immense. So many incredible artists have done astonishing versions some classic Australian tunes. This record ‘Songs For Australia’ sounds AMAZING_ so grateful to @thenational @dermotkennedy @damienrice @kurtvile @joanaspolicewoman @samamidon @dansultanmusic @dopelemonmusic @paulkellyficial @martha.wainwright @petitbiscuit @pommeficial who all came back to me, so happy to do anything to help out down here, and have delivered unbelievably beautiful music. All money from this record will go to organisations that are doing amazing things to build a better future for Australia and also to respond to the needs during and following this period bushfires. @firesticks.alliance.network @seedmob @wild.ark  @theclimatecouncil @landcareaustralia @nswrfs Also, special thanks to @dovneon for creating this beautiful original artwork for the cover the record (courtesy @jennsingergallery) You can pre-order cd or vinyl at songsforaustralia.com Record will be available for streaming March 5th xx

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Watch Stone's cover "Beds are Burning" below.