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Howzat! Archive - February 15th 2017

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SATELLITE OF LOVE
A mate sent me a copy of The Harlots' debut album, Satellite, just after Christmas. It was like being let in on a secret. After playing it once, I couldn't wait to share it with the world. The album is finally released on Friday and it's the first great album of 2017. "I'm ready for anything," Tom Pitts declares in Call On Berlin. Indeed, he is. The Harlots are like an Aussie version of Arcade Fire and Arctic Monkeys. Call it grand punk, if you like. "Some people don't care about history," Tom sings, but Satellite has the requisite nods to the past while also being the sound of right now, with the wonderful nervous energy that characterises Melbourne indie rock. At the heart of the album is Losing Her Voice, the sad, desperate tale of Annalisa. "And all the boys say that she's crazy They say she's pretty. I mean, they'd fuck her. Yeah, but she's not exactly children material The truth is, sometimes people they're just fucking unkind." Kate Monger's vocals punctuate the album, with the male/female dynamic highlighting the sultry High Roller, which shimmers and shines. And My Luck documents the disintegration of a relationship. "And the waitress smiles, but she can tell that things aren't well." The Harlots launch Satellite at the Curtin Hotel on Friday. If On My Way is half as good live as on record, it will be mind-blowing. With glorious momentum, it's like a whole album in 4.25 minutes. There's so much going on, but everything is in its place. "Brace yourself," Tom warns, "because nothing's coming and it's gonna fuck you when it arrives." Then, in the final cut, Running Out Of Time, he concludes, "There was nothing to win at all except a little moment in the sun." But The Harlots have shown that the album still matters. Big things are coming their way, and this album will change your world too. It's damn near perfect.


POOL WORLD
Melody Pool - who delivered Howzat!'s favourite 2016 album - will be featured on the ABC's Australian Story next Monday, 20 Feb.


PICTURE HOOKS
It's the only Australian song to twice go to number one. It was also a hit twice in the US. Moving Pictures celebrate What About Me?'s 35th anniversary with a gig at Memo Music Hall on Friday, 17 Feb.


HOT LINE
"Like a flower bending in the rain, I said my luck's gonna change" - The Harlots, My Luck.


CHART WATCH
Amy Shark spends a second week at number three.

Adore AMY SHARK (number three)
Chameleon PNAU (six)
Call On Me STARLEY (11)
Stranger PEKING DUK FEATURING ELLIPHANT (21)
Never Give Up SIA (35, debut)
Never Be Like You FLUME (39)

Dune Rats debut at number one. And Human Nature's tour pushes them back into the Top 5.

The Kids Will Know It's Bullshit DUNE RATS (number one, debut)
Gimme Some Lovin' HUMAN NATURE (four)
The Rhapsody Tapes OCEAN GROVE (five, debut)
Dragonfly KASEY CHAMBERS (nine)
Notion TASH SULTANA (11)
Ripcord KEITH URBAN (15)
Endless THE McCLYMONTS (22)
The Secret Daughter JESSICA MAUBOY (24)
Triple J's Like A Version 12 VARIOUS (30)
Skin FLUME (35)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST

On My Way THE HARLOTS
A Heart That Burns FREYA JOSEPHINE HOLLICK
Hurricane Stan CENTRAL RAIN
Bank Robber POWERLINE SNEAKERS
Crash Land CARUS THOMPSON

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