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Howzat! Archive - December 11th 2013

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KONNICHIWA, ANYWAY
Klinger were genuine pop contenders at the turn of the century. Howzat! loved 'em, and they seemed destined for stardom with their punchy pop-rock and acerbic, witty lyrics. They also managed to annoy another Howzat! fave, Ben Lee, with their song Ben Lee ("And some people they don't get me, 'cause I'm a genius like Ben Lee"). But Klinger called it quits after an Evelyn show, mid-2003, when guitarist Dave Rogers departed for Japan. "We planned to go on without Dave," Klinger singer Ben Birchall says. "But when we tried to replace him, it just felt wrong." They did one reunion show, a sold-out Ding Dong gig at the end of 2004, and then nothing. So what prompted this re-formation? "Alcohol," Ben replies. "Well, partly. We were all at a birthday party and had that 'let's get the band back together' talk; only we actually followed it up. We booked a rehearsal and it was fun and easy, so we did it again and it was still fun. So we booked a show. Then we panicked." Klinger - Ben, Dave, bass player Glenn Arnup and drummer Darren Vlah - did a secret show at the Grace Darling last Wednesday. "Welcome to our first show in nine years," Ben announced. "We've learnt subtlety and nuance in that time. None of which will be on display tonight." They were supporting The Glorious North, a new band for their old Cheezlekane buddies. "We'd like to thank them for taking a chance on a bunch of young kids," Ben said, before dedicating Geography "to all the babysitters, for making tonight possible". Ben - who remarkably looks younger than he did a decade ago - introduced Hello Cruel World, "the 86th best song of 2000" (the year Powderfinger's My Happiness topped Triple J's Hottest 100). Klinger actually placed two songs in that year's countdown, with Ben Lee coming in at 97. So what's the 2014 plan, aside from a Northcote Social Club show on Australia Day? Will there finally be a Klinger album, 18 years after the band started? "We're taking things carefully. We don't want to wear out our welcome again, but at the same time we're incredibly proud of the music we made and what we achieved. So we are going to release the bones of the album that we never finished, to give people an idea of where we were headed before we called it a day. Hopefully people like it and we can play a few more shows."


CRANE SAILING
Dallas Crane are also back in action, with a cracking new single, I'm Sorry Darlin'. They're playing at the Espy on New Year's Eve.


HOT LINE
"Come on, rock this world hard before you die" - Kings of the Sun, Rock Til Ya Die.


CHART WATCH
The ARIA Awards don't lead to much action on the singles chart.

Like A Drum GUY SEBASTIAN (number six)
Everybody JUSTICE CREW (nine)
Borrow My Heart TAYLOR HENDERSON (10)
Warrior HAVANA BROWN (13)
You NATHANIEL (17)
Riptide VANCE JOY (23)
Swing JOEL FLETCHER FEATURING SAVAGE (29)
Soldier SAMANTHA JADE (33)
Drop The Game FLUME FEATURING CHET FAKER (37)

X Factor runner-up Taylor Henderson scores a number one album, while Flume is the biggest beneficiary of the ARIAs exposure, jumping from 20 to 11.

Taylor Henderson TAYLOR HENDERSON (number one, debut)
Willy Nilly THE 12TH MAN (three)
The Christmas Album HUMAN NATURE (five)
Dami Im DAMI IM (seven)
Flume FLUME (11)
Reset TINA ARENA (17)
Innocent Eyes - 10th Anniversary Acoustic Edition DELTA GOODREM (22, debut)
The Very Best INXS (24)
Triple J Like A Version 9 VARIOUS (25)
Beautiful JESSICA MAUBOY (31)
Goin' Your Way NEIL FINN & PAUL KELLY (33)
Fuse KEITH URBAN (36)
The Live Tapes Vol. 1 COLD CHISEL (37)
March Fires BIRDS OF TOKYO (40)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Sayonara Anyway KLINGER
Xavier MELODY POOL
Rock Til Ya Die KINGS OF THE SUN
Miss Catastrophe JUAN ALBAN
I'm Sorry Darlin' DALLAS CRANE

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