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Howzat! Archive - August 10th 2016

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PALACE OF DREAMS
The Age EG editor, Martin Boulton, knows his rock. As soon as he heard Palace Of The King's debut album, he was buzzing. His four-star review praised a "mighty sound hellbent on rattling the rafters". The band's second album, Valles Marineris, is just as impressive, with thundering riffs and Tim Henwood's Axl Rose-like voice. The band has managed to capture its live vibe in the studio. "Aside from a couple of overdubs and vocals, all instrumental bed tracks are recorded live with all of us standing in the same room," guitarist Matthew Harrison tells Howzat! Many critics have been quick to write rock's obituary. This record screams, "Not so fast!" What does Matt say to those who reckon rock is dead? "Dig deeper! Rock music may not be as prevalent in mainstream culture in 2016 but there's an amazing community of rock 'n' roll bands all over the world. You only need to cast an eye over any European rock/metal festival to find your new favourite band. Hundreds of thousands of people who attend those shows can't be wrong." Locally, Matt says, "it's awesome to see our friends The Lazys, King Of The North, Dallas Frasca, Dead City Ruins and countless others taking their music to the world". Palace Of The King are also digging Devil Electric and Smoke Stack Rhino, who'll be on the bill when they launch Valles Marineris at the Northcote Social Club on 10 Sep. Before then, POTK are returning to their spiritual home, Cherry Bar, this Saturday to launch their latest single, Beyond The Valley. The album also features Mahalia Barnes. Barnesy's daughter pops up singing Black Cloud. "We always had an early funk/Betty Davis vibe in mind," Matt explains. "And when the idea to add a female vocal came up, it made perfect sense to reach out to Mahalia. She jumped into a Sydney studio almost immediately to track her vocals. With a couple of emails back and forth, it was done!"


HIP HIP
The youngest Farriss brother, INXS drummer Jon, turns 55 today (10 Aug).


WILDE NIGHT
Hey Hey star Wilbur Wilde was in two big bands in the '70s - Ol' 55 and Jo Jo Zep and The Falcons. Ol' 55 are releasing a two-disc anthology, Time To Rock 'n' Roll, on 26 Aug, and an Ol' 55 and Falcons gig is planned for the Palais in November.


HOT LINE
"Who could say their hands are clean these days?" - Bernard Fanning, L.O.L.A.


CHART WATCH
Just one Aussie single in the Top 10.

Papercuts ILLY FEATURING VERA BLUE (number three)
In My Blood THE VERONICAS (18)
Say It FLUME (20)
Cheap Thrills SIA (28)
This Girl KUNGS VS COOKIN' ON 3 BURNERS (37)
Never Be Like You FLUME (39)

Human Nature spend a second week on top. It's one of seven Aussie albums in the Top 10.

Gimme Some Lovin': Jukebox Vol II HUMAN NATURE (number one)
Let Me Be Clear GANG OF YOUTHS (two, debut)
Opera Oblivia HELLIONS (four, debut)
Zenith ALFIE ARCURI (five, debut)
Wildflower THE AVALANCHES (seven)
Wings Of The Wild DELTA GOODREM (eight)
Ripcord KEITH URBAN (10)
Skin FLUME (12)
This Is Acting SIA (18)
50 Best Songs PLAY SCHOOL (20)
A Version Of Now PETER GARRETT (21)
The Best Of THE WIGGLES (25)
Blue Neighbourhood TROYE SIVAN (27)
Of Dirt And Grace - Live From The Land HILLSONG UNITED (29)
Drinking From The Sun, Walking Under Stars Restrung HILLTOP HOODS (33)
Soul Searchin' JIMMY BARNES (37)
High JARRYD JAMES (40, debut)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Black Cloud PALACE OF THE KING
Oh No You Don't BENNY WALKER
What You Mean To Me MONTAIGNE
Emerald Flame BERNARD FANNING
It Still Matters PETER GARRETT

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