Good Citizens Cash Savage and the Last Drinks Mistletone Cash Savage and the Last Drinks is a band that deserves to be bigger. It regularly sells out 1000-person venues in its home town and has a strong following in Europe as a result of years of dogged touring, but hasn’t been boosted by the Australian music media beyond community radio and Double J. Good Citizens, the Melbourne band’s fifth album, was written in the lead-up to the marriage equality plebiscite and is about the pain of being excluded from a conversation where your right to exist is the topic under discussion. Frontwoman Cash Savage — who married her wife in 2015 and welcomed a child with her earlier this year — comes out swinging in opener Human, I Am, sarcastically repeating “It’s OK, you’re not one of them”, reflecting the sentiments of wellmeaning bigots back in their faces. The rage and contempt bubbles down to mournful disappointment on Better Than That and the chilling title track, where Savage observes that “everybody’s got a f..ked-up way of being good citizens”. Whether it’s marriage equality, deaths in custody or ignoring climate change, no other lyric I’ve heard sums up Australia’s current political stasis quite so elegantly. Musically, the tight band moves from mournful blues to something closer to post-punk. There’s been some discussion recently about whether Australian songwriters should be looking outward to the world and its problems for inspiration, rather than drawing from a deep well of their own feelings. For Cash Savage and the Last Drinks, the political is deeply personal, which makes Good Citizens the Aussie protest album of 2018.