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Howzat! Archive - October 12th 2016

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FOLK YEAH!
They wear it well. Back in the early 2000s, they were the main members of a stylish pop band called The Suits. Now they have returned as The Barebones, an apt name because this outfit is looser and more informal than The Suits. Not that their debut album, Where Have All The Good Folk Gone?, is without its pop charms. Produced by Dave Rogers, The Barebones are a more rock version of the Icecream Hands, and a less rock version of You Am I. If you need another reference point, think Crowded House's rollicking Locked Out. The Barebones is both familiar and familial, featuring three brothers - Matt, Mike and Danna Simmons. And Luke, on keys, is their brother-in-law. "We're trying to see if we can legally make [bass player] Glenn a brother," Matt jokes. Matt's vocal reminds of Charles Jenkins (no relation to Howzat!). "Thanks," he says. "I'm a big fan of Chuck's voice, especially his meter, how he can chew and spit out a line, with the right phrasing to keep you on the edge of a lyric. After years of listening to Icecream Hands and his solo stuff, I guess it makes sense he's an influence, though it's not something I was conscious of." The Barebones are launching Where Have All The Good Folk Gone? at the Northcote Social Club on Saturday afternoon, 15 Oct, with D. Rogers and Queensland. The songs pack a punch. Matt wrote the title track when Tony Abbott was in power. "After you get upset, you get angry. I realised if I didn't act to change the culture I was effectively agreeing to keep things how they are." It's great to hear a songwriter not afraid to say something. "I got sick of writing songs and hearing songs that said nothing. They don't last." In the opening cut, Holding On, Matt asks: "Are you holding on to something worth saving?" Indeed, he is. Good songs will never go out of style.


BAND OF BROTHERS
Aussie bands featuring three brothers:
- INXS (Tim, Andrew & Jon Farriss)
- Bee Gees (Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb)
- The Rubens (Sam, Zaac, & Elliott Margin)
- Marcus Hook Roll Band (George, Malcolm & Angus Young)
- Evermore (Jon, Peter & Dann Hume)
- The Robertson Brothers (Geoff, Ben & Stuart Robertson)


HOT LINE
"Tell me I'm winning" - The Barebones, Strangely Alone.


CHART WATCH
Just one Aussie single in the national Top 10.

The Greatest SIA (number eight)
Papercuts ILLY FEATURING VERA BLUE (15)
I Love You Always Forever BETTY WHO (17)
The Fighter KEITH URBAN (31)
In My Blood THE VERONICAS (34)
Wake Me Up JESSICA MAUBOY (37, debut)
Say It FLUME (39)


Sticky Fingers score their first number one album.

Westway (The Glitter & The Slums) STICKY FINGERS (number one, debut)
Ripcord KEITH URBAN (three)
Here We Go THE SUNNY COWGIRLS (13, debut)
Skeleton Tree NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS (16)
Dream Your Life Away VANCE JOY (17)
Backbone ANTHONY CALLEA (18)
Dream Lover - The Bobby Darin Musical AUSTRALIAN CAST FEATURING DAVID CAMPBELL (22)
Overflow PLANETSHAKERS (25, debut)
His Favourite Collection JOHN WILLIAMSON (30)
Wings Of The Wild DELTA GOODREM (31)
Breakin' Outta Hell AIRBOURNE (33)
Gimme Some Lovin': Jukebox Vol II HUMAN NATURE (34)
Notion TASH SULTANA (36)
The Very Very Best Of Crowded House CROWDED HOUSE (39)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
I Feel Fine THE BAREBONES
All I Can See AMARILLO
The Enemy Within BEN LEE
Best Of You BIG SMOKE
This Song Has Got Me DEBORAH CONWAY & WILLY ZYGIER

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