Petrol Records today announced the inclusion of unheard Michael Hutchence tracks on the forthcoming soundtrack to major documentary film Mystify, which is set to honour the late superstar and globally acclaimed lead singer of INXS.
Mystify, the highly anticipated documentary about Michael Hutchence (who passed away in November 1997), will premiere at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival in April. Concurrently, Petrol Records and international partner, Universal Music Group, will launch a major campaign for the film’s soundtrack; which will unveil previously unheard tracks from the enigmatic rock star and introduce INXS’ iconic sound to a new generation.
The Mystify soundtrack will showcase the musical talents of Michael’s songwriting and velvet lyrics. It will weave recently discovered, and never-before-heard covers performed by Michael, with the much-loved INXS classics that led the evolution of the music industry so many years ago.
The full-length film was written and directed by filmmaker Richard Lowenstein who helmed some of the band’s early music videos. Lowenstein has promised definitive insight into one of rock’s great frontmen. Hutchence was Australia’s first international rock star, he was a ‘sex symbol’, a poet, shy, brash, charismatic, bohemian, a family man and utterly complex.
On making the announcement, Christopher M. Murphy, Chairman and Founder of Petrol Records, and Creative Director and Global Strategist for INXS said: “INXS’ appeal wasn’t just confined to writing great songs or playing some of the best concerts I’ve ever seen. They always had their collective antennae up to the latest trends – whether they be music, fashion or technology – and that’s given their brand a fresh and lasting outlook.”
“Their legacy is growing every day, and a new generation of fans from around the world are discovering INXS through streaming. We are entering an exciting period of rediscovery of their legacy and a reassessment of their place in music history.”
Murphy continues: “There will be many insights revealed about Michael’s life and his music, which will create interesting conversations. Movies like Bohemian Rhapsody and A Star Is Born remind us of the extraordinary contributions that are made to popular culture when movies and music are creatively intertwined, and I am proud to say Mystify will be another great example.”
Petrol’s announcement comes at a busy time for the company as it continues work on the INXS X Building; an arts and innovation precinct to be located in New South Wales’ Ballina/Byron region. In addition to exhibiting INXS’ extensive gallery of memorabilia, this development will be an incubator for new talent, start-ups and established businesses within the arts and technology sectors.
For more information about the X Building, visit www.thexbuilding.com