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Howzat! Archive - April 13th 2016

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DARKNESS RISES
"Do the things that scare you, that's the good stuff." That's what Jason Isbell said when he accepted the Song of the Year trophy at the 2014 Americana Awards in Nashville. In the audience was Australian alt country duo The Weeping Willows. "That line really struck a chord with us," Laura Coates says. For their second album, Before Darkness Comes A-Callin', The Weeping Willows ventured to the US, working with Grammy-winning engineer Ryan Freeland. "When we made the decision to record in the USA, we started looking through the liner notes of our favourite albums to see who engineered them. Ryan's name kept appearing; I guess it was really his work on The Milk Carton Kids' The Ash & Clay that sold us." The Weeping Willows found Ryan's email address and wrote to him. "Having never met him, it was a big risk. Luckily, we clicked straight away." The American musicians who played on the record were intrigued. "They're generally fascinated by Australians playing such a distinctly American style of music. They're rapt we know so many of their heroes." With the album cover showing Evelyn De Morgan's 1881 painting "The Angel of Death", you might mistakenly think this is a death metal record, but it's actually a delightfully dark Americana album sung by two Australians. Laura and Andrew Wrigglesworth, who met at a friend's gig at The Empress seven years ago, are partners in life, love and song. "I think it's fortunate that we have quite clearly defined roles," Laura says. "Andy is the primary songwriter and I'm the editor, so we don't tread on each other's toes. I think it would be harder if there were two songwriters." The Weeping Willows launch Before Darkness Comes A-Callin' on Sunday, 17 April, at the Caravan Music Club with Bill Chambers.


MOON LANDING
Sean McMahon is all quality. He's launching Shiner, the new album from Sean McMahon & The MoonMen, at Bella Union on Saturday.


KEEPIN' IT REAL
Who would have thought vinyl would be the saviour of indie record stores? Don't forget to give your favourite store some love on Saturday for Record Store Day.


DON'T BE AN APRIL FOOL
It's April Amnesty at RRR, a great time to sign up if you're not already a subscRRRiber.


HOT LINE
"Save me, save me, before the darkness comes a-callin'" - The Weeping Willows, The Pale Rider.


HOT LINE
"All I want is to have cleanskin wine and watch Mulholland Drive with you" - Alex Lahey, You Don't Think You Like People Like Me.


CHART WATCH
Just three Aussie entries in the national Top 40.

Cheap Thrills SIA (number eight)
1955 HILLTOP HOODS (10)
Never Be Like You FLUME (14)

X Factor band In Stereo land at number 11 with their debut album.

Molly Soundtrack VARIOUS (number four)
Drinking From The Sun, Walking Under Stars Restrung HILLTOP HOODS (five)
She's Rock n Roll IN STEREO (11, debut)
This Is Acting SIA (13)
Telluric MATT CORBY (14)
Waco VIOLENT SOHO (17)
Six Ribbons - The Ultimate Collection JON ENGLISH (22)
Bloom RFS (23)
Rising With The Sun THE CAT EMPIRE (24)
The Best Of COLD CHISEL (34)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
River Of Gold THE WEEPING WILLOWS
Ratja YaliYali GAWURRA
Love, She Loves Me MELODY POOL
Paradise TRACY McNEIL & THE GOODLIFE
You Don't Think You Like People Like Me ALEX LAHEY

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