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Howzat! Archive - April 16th 2014

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BLUEBIRD OF HAPPINESS
Look up "sans" in the dictionary and you'll find that it means "without". But press play on Bluebird, the single from new Melbourne band SANS, and you'll discover they lack nothing when it comes to pop thrills. This Bluebird flies high. It's chirpy and cheerful, making you want to hit repeat. "Holy cheeses," Dom Alessio wrote, "this song is fun." Later, he tweeted that the song was "the funnest 3mins 28secs you'll have today". Dom was the first to play Bluebird on triple j. "We were super excited," singer Amanda Norman says. "The second time was just as exciting," adds guitarist Stacey Cicivelli. "We didn't know about it in advance, so it was a huge surprise to hear it on the triple j breakfast show. That was a big week for us." SANS call their sound "fast and loud and girly and synthy". Amanda and Stacey met at high school. "I was actually trying to convince Amanda for a while that we should play together, but she was a little nervous about it," Stacey recalls. Amanda: "It wasn't until Stace threatened to ask someone else that I actually agreed!" Stacey is multi-talented - she also plays in Skyways Are Highways and is a life member of the Essendon Netball Club. "I'm Essendon born and bred," she says, "and I love the Bombers! Couldn't barrack for anyone else." SANS did their first gig, at the Grace Darling, only nine months ago. They return to the venue on Friday [18 April] to launch their debut EP, Sea Hearts, which was produced by Ben McCarthy (Kate Miller-Heidke, Pete Murray, Washington). Ben liked them so much, he asked to join the band. He's now the SANS bass player, alongside drummer Frank Morda (who also plays in Ceres).

HOT ASH
Is there anything Ashley Naylor can't do? As Even celebrate their 20th birthday, Ash has become a permanent member of The Stems. He's also playing with Dan Sultan and Paul Kelly, and, as part of the Comedy Festival, he's even playing with Police Academy sound effects star Michael Winslow.


MAMA MIA
Great to see Mia Dyson in News Corp's list of Australia's best guitarists. She came in at number 21 (Ian Moss was on top; where was Ash Naylor?). Mia's new album, Idyllwild, is out 6 June.


STORE IT
Vinyl is back, so it's time to rediscover the joys of your local record store. This Saturday is Record Store Day. Basement Discs have got live acts all day, including Georgia Fields, Jen Cloher and Mike Rudd.


10 TO 61
Happy Birthday to Peter Garrett, who's 61 today (16 April). After Peter finishes his book, how 'bout some more Oils shows?


HOT LINE
"In this life there are choices, but time won't wait here for you" - Pseudo Echo, Things You Like.


CHART WATCH
Sheppard score their first chart-topper, leaping from 18 to one.

Geronimo SHEPPARD (number one)
Chandelier SIA (four)
High PEKING DUK (five)
She Looks So Perfect 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER (seven)
Loco JOEL FLETCHER FEATURING SEANY B (15)
Never Be The Same JESSICA MAUBOY (17)
When You Were Mine TAYLOR HENDERSON (18)
Live It Up 360 FEATURING PEZ (21, debut)
Fancy IGGY AZALEA (26)
Swing JOEL FLETCHER FEATURING SAVAGE (29)
Talk Is Cheap CHET FAKER (38)

Three Aussie albums in the Top 5, with big debuts for Ball Park Music and Dan Sultan. And INXS spend a seventh week on top.

The Very Best INXS (number one)
Puddinghead BALL PARK MUSIC (two, debut)
Blackbird DAN SULTAN (four, debut)
Flesh & Blood JOHN BUTLER (10)
Hungry Ghost VIOLENT SOHO (17)
Circus In The Sky BLISS N ESO (24)
High School Disco TIM CAMPBELL (25, debut)
Amazing MARCIA HINES (27, debut)
Kiss Me Once KYLIE MINOGUE (29)
Thinking In Textures CHET FAKER (38)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Bluebird SANS
Why Do You Always Cry WAGONS
Van Diemen's Land RUSSELL MORRIS
Let It Be Now THE ALTERNATIVE
Things You Like PSEUDO ECHO

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