Midnight Oil’s Rob Hirst Returns With New Band

Rob Hirst has formed a new band, The Break, with guitarists Jim Moginie and Martin Rotsey, who, like the drummer, are members of Midnight Oil (which, barring a short-lived reunion last year, has been on permanent hiatus since 2002). Rounding up the lineup is former Violent Femmes bassist Brian Ritchie.

Look for the band’s debut disc, Church Of The Open Sky soon. The sound? Pure, unadulterated surf music, which should come as no surprise to diehard Oils fans, who know his former band started as a surf outfit. “We always said we'd do it,” Hirst told the Adelaide Now website. “The idea stems from all those old places we used to play up and down the northern beaches [Sydney]. The setting was right [for surf-influenced sound] but we never did it.”