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BREAK UP, FALL OUT
Breaking up, as Neil Sedaka said, is hard to do. After 19
years, Andy White and his wife separated. His friends
were concerned. "How are things?" they would ask. Andy responded
the best way he knew how - he made an album called How
Things Are. It's a classic break-up record. Deep and
personal, the pain is obvious. But there's also a wry sense
of humour. One song is called Separation Street.
"I wrote it one evening, a big moon hanging low over Separation
Street in Brunswick," Andy explains. "No one around. I tried
to stop the car to take a photo, but I couldn't capture
it - the moon or the realisation that it was all over."
Another song, All It Does Is Rain, opens with a toast:
"Here's to all the men who didn't see it coming." That line
came from Andy's old friend Tim Finn, who brought Andy to
Australia from Belfast when they worked together as ALT
with Liam Ó Maonlaí. So does pain help songwriting? Andy
prefers to see it from another angle: "Songwriting helps
relieve pain." Amid the angst, there is joy, particularly
as the album's drummer is Andy's son, Sebastian. "It's a
special thing playing with your son. And he brings an amazing
mix of classic drumming and youthful exuberance and ideas."
How Things Are is Andy's 11th studio album, and one
of 2014's best. It's available at Basement Discs and at
andywhite.com, and being launched at The Toff In Town on
26 Nov. "I sold my sold for rock 'n' roll," Andy declares
in the opening track, Driftin'. "I love it all, but
I can't find my way home." Later, he confides, "Growing
old was something that I never thought I'd do." Recently,
a woman asked Andy how old he was when he became a "professional"
musician. "23," he replied, wondering why she asked. "Because
that's the age you'll always be." Andy seems happy, but
we have to ask: How are things? He smiles. "As it says in
the sleeve notes, this is a celebration as well as a valediction
to a time that's passed. There's a lot of joy in the album.
Of course, that's part of the magic of music. Making sense
of the unimagined, and something beautiful out of chaos."
It's a big month for Jack Howard - a gig with Hunters
& Collectors, supporting the Stones in NZ, and a solo
show at the Exchange on Friday, 14 Nov. Also on the bill
is a re-formed Airway Lanes, featuring the prodigiously
talented Dan Hall, who will soon release a new single, Blood
On Your Hands.
ROCK THE VOTE
Lots to look forward to at Face The Music, on 14
& 15 Nov at the Arts Centre, including a panel called "Vote
For Me!", where reps from five parties will outline what
they're offering the music industry at the state election.
Men At Work's Business As Usual hit number
one in the US 32 years ago this week. It stayed on top for
15 weeks - an Aussie record.
"When you're tired of yourself, you gotta getaway," Andy
White, Jessica Says.
Hilltop Hoods score their third Top 10 single, with Cosby
Sweater leaping from 17 to nine.
You Ruin Me THE VERONICAS (number four)
Stand By You MARLISA (five)
Freaks TIMMY TRUMPET (six)
Cosby Sweater HILLTOP HOODS (nine)
Can I Get A Moment? JESSICA MAUBOY (14)
Take Me Over PEKING DUK (25)
Mama Ain't Proud GUY SEBASTIAN (26)
Live Louder NATHANIEL (27)
Rise & Fall JUSTICE CREW (31)
Coming Back DEAN RAY (32)
Geronimo SHEPPARD (35)
Nightmare TIMMY TRUMPET (40)
The Smith Street Band have a Top 20 debut.
Jukebox HUMAN NATURE (number two)
Triple J's Like A Version, Volume 10 VARIOUS ARTISTS (six)
Walking Under Stars HILLTOP HOODS (eight)
Down To Earth FLIGHT FACILITIES (10)
Things I've Done KARISE EDEN (17)
Throw Me In The River THE SMITH STREET BAND (18, debut)
The Very Best INXS (25)
Oz MISSY HIGGINS (29)
30:30 Hindsight JIMMY BARNES (30)
5 Seconds Of Summer 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER (37)
The Christmas Album HUMAN NATURE (39)
Driftin' ANDY WHITE
Burn HAMISH ANDERSON
Let It Be Now THE ALTERNATIVE
To Be The Woman FIONA & HER HOLY MEN
I Can See It In Your Eyes MEN AT WORK
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