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Howzat! Archive - September 13th 2017

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EAGLES HAVE LANDED
Raised By Eagles, Australia's finest Americana band, recently released their third album, I Must Be Somewhere. It got four-star reviews across the board, in The Music ("they're definitely going places"), Rolling Stone ("mesmerising") and The Australian ("all components sound as if meshed in a fraternal bond"). The praise is deserved as Somewhere is a superb record. But has the band ever received a bad review? "We've certainly had some bland reviews," singer/guitarist Luke Sinclair smiles. "No one's ever said anything nasty or scathing [but] we had a review that advised listeners our music should be 'used sparingly' ... I think they were concerned it might send somebody into a spiral of depression. But that's okay, we get that. We don't really write happy songs." Luke says he's determined to write a happy country song. "I try, but they are really bad." Night Wheels on the new record comes close, until Luke sings, "It'll be the death of me." This is Raised By Eagles' third album in four years, but Luke - who shares the songwriting duties with Nick O'Mara - denies he's prolific. "I think I'm more of a sporadic songwriter. I'm not one of those people that needs to be playing and writing all the time. I enjoy the breaks." Do albums become easier to make the more you make? "No. The recording process is a strange beast. I'm neurotic and indecisive by nature, so the recording process is hard for me. I'm always a little thrown by the pressure of it. Deciding when a take is the best it can be, knowing that once you've made that decision you'll have to live with it for a lifetime that's hard!" After a tour with Mick Thomas ("He's a master at the art of storytelling through music, and the way he connects with his audience is something to behold"), Raised By Eagles are headlining their own show at the Caravan Club on Saturday.


CHOIR GIRLS
Six fabulous voices, on stage together. Ladychoir - Angie Hart, Sophie Koh, Emma Heeney, Tash Parker, Tess Hildebrand-Burke and Kirsty Joosten - are part of a double Fringe Festival bill with If You See Her, Say Hello at The Toff on 18 & 20 Sep.


HIP HIP
Happy birthday to Stephen Cummings and Steve Kilbey, who both turn 63 today (13 Sep).


HOT LINE
"Only a fool would shoot the dealer before the cards were even dealt" - Raised By Eagles, Dreamer.


CHART WATCH
Vance Joy has the highest-placed Australian single this week - at number 25.

Lay It On Me VANCE JOY (number 25)
Fallin' JESSICA MAUBOY (29)
Fake Magic PEKING DUK & ALUNAGEORGE (40)

A fourth week in the Top 5 for Paul Kelly. And Vance Joy returns to the Top 10.

Life Is Fine PAUL KELLY (number two)
Go Farther In Lightness GANG OF YOUTHS (six)
Dream Your Life Away VANCE JOY (eight)
Perennial VERA BLUE (34)
Killer DAN SULTAN (37)
In Colour KING SOCIAL (40, debut)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Ghost BENNY WALKER
Live Like You Mean It! RIFF RAIDERS
Yanada THE PREATURES
Bleed JUICE
Dreamer RAISED BY EAGLES

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