HEARTS DOWN UNDER: Aussie members of Venetian headliners Human Nature band together to aid relief efforts toward fires ravaging their homeland
When the boys from Human Nature were back home in Australia in late November and early December, the smoke was everywhere.
“It was just extraordinary,” Toby Hall says. “The color of the sky was red and the smoke was just everywhere. I’d wake up in the morning in the hotel room thinking, ‘What if I left something on? Is something burning?’ But it just turns out the smoke is infiltrating everywhere.”
Hall thought he could get away from it for a little while, at least, in a movie matinee. Half an hour into Joker, the smoke had taken over the theater, too. The bushfires had already been burning since September. They’re still raging, affecting a staggering 41,000 square miles and killing, according to a University of Sydney estimate, a billion animals.