Michael Waugh – Dark

‘Dark’ is the third single from The Cast (out now). It follows ‘Flying’ and ‘Dirty River’ – which peaked at #13 and #15 respectively on the TMN Countrytown Hot 50 airplay chart. It’s a celebration of the classic pub rock songs of the ’80s – especially Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Dancing in the Dark’ and Cold Chisel’s ‘Khe Sanh’ – and the pub and club culture of the day.

“Ringers Nightclub in Sale was the place to go on a Saturday night when I was growing up in Gippsland,” says Waugh. “It was a place where FIFO workers from the oil rigs, young dairy farmers, local tradies – and even the odd underage kid – would meet up on a Friday night for a drink.”

The music video, shot by long time collaborator Sean Kirkwood, is directed and conceived by Waugh. He tells of how “we were inspired by music videos from the ’80s – especially Springsteen’s Dancing in the Dark and Pat Benatar’s Love is a Battlefield videos. The concept was about living out a night in reverse – almost like you’re piecing together a messy night. The highlight for me though was working with a group of ex-students who play the backing dancers and the young woman at the night club.”

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