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Howzat! Archive - May 13th 2015

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The band is called Raised By Eagles, but they weren't exactly raised by Don Henley and Glenn Frey. "The Eagles reference is bound to happen," singer Luke Sinclair concedes. "But Raised By Eagles came out of something completely obscure and unrelated to the Eagles I mean, they had some moments back in the '70s, but they're not a band we would consider influential. Great band, great singers, but not enough grit." There's plenty of grit on Raised By Eagles' second album, Diamonds In The Bloodstream. The title comes from one of the songs, Window Seat. "That is a sort of love letter to the past," Luke explains. "Goodbye and good luck to something that was equal parts horrible and wonderful. 'Diamonds in the bloodstream' is a nostalgic nod to one of the more wonderful parts." Howzat! loves many things about this record, including that it's concise - 8 songs, 35 minutes. "You don't want to overstay your welcome. If you have too many songs, some tend to get lost, or the album loses its punch." And eight tracks is perfect for a vinyl release. "Four tracks each side with plenty of elbow room." Raised By Eagles are launching the album at Howler with Ruby Boots on 22 May. It's a dynamic double bill. "Ruby Boots is a killer songwriter with a killer band and she has one of those amazing Lucinda-esque country voices that sounds like it's coming right from the source." Diamonds In The Bloodstream showcases another fine female artist, Liz Stringer, who sings on three tracks. "I can't really say enough about Liz and all of her magical powers," Luke smiles. "Watching her play tends to make you forget that she's a mate; she transcends all that and becomes this soul-shaking spectacle of sound that drives arrows right into your heart. We're lucky bastards to have Liz on this album, and we know it." Liz returns the compliment: "Raised By Eagles' songs are the kind you fall in love with at the first listen and then endlessly trawl bars and venues across Melbourne to be near again. This is no crush. This is a great, enduring romance."

The PBS Radio Festival runs until 24 May. Head to to subscribe.

Popboomerang Records - the little label that could - is getting set to launch its 100th release, an awesome achievement. The PB:100 compilation features Danny McDonald's The Melbourne Divide, an ode to the Yarra. Danny will play at the launch party at the Yarra Hotel on 30 May, which will also feature Popboom's first signing, Sarah Sarah, who are re-forming for the gig.

Frente's debut, Marvin The Album, entered the US charts 21 years ago this week.

"You gotta know who your friends are" - Mark Seymour, Football Train.

No new Aussie entries to the national Top 40 this week.

Do You Remember JARRYD JAMES (number 10)
Big Girls Cry SIA (17)
Georgia VANCE JOY (23)
The Buzz HERMITUDE (32)
Trouble IGGY AZALEA (37)

In Hearts Wake have a number two debut.

Skydancer IN HEARTS WAKE (number two, debut)
Jukebox HUMAN NATURE (seven)
Spirit Of The Anzacs LEE KERNAGHAN (eight)
Beat The Drum, Celebrating 40 Years Of Triple J VARIOUS (10, debut)
1000 Forms Of Fear SIA (15)
Truth & Soul STAN WALKER (19)
Choose Your Weapon HIATUS KAIYOTE (22, debut)
Walking Under Stars HILLTOP HOODS (23)
Rock Or Bust AC/DC (27)
Dream Your Life Away VANCE JOY (29)
The Positions GANG OF YOUTHS (33)
The Very Best INXS (34)
Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit COURTNEY BARNETT (35)
Freedom Ride TROY CASSAR-DALEY (36)

The Melbourne Divide DANNY McDONALD
Cola & Wine RUBY BOOTS
Football Train MARK SEYMOUR

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