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Howzat! Archive - October 16th 2013

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D.PARTURE
D. Rogers called his fourth album Natural Disasters. The night of the launch, Melbourne was hit by a freak storm. Howzat! was stranded in Richmond, unable to get to the gig. "It's time to dip your toes into the water again," Dave sings on one of his two new albums, but he's not tempting fate with a provocative title. "Oh God," he says when Howzat! raises the subject, "I shiver every time I think about that launch. I don't think we've had a day where the weather has been as bad since. I remember being upstairs at the Northcote Social Club, looking out the window at weather that could only be described as apocalyptic. Friends were texting saying they wouldn't be able to get to the show because roads were closed. The night ended up being great but I don't think I'd ever take that chance with an album title again." Dave's new albums have cryptic titles: An Undefined Number and Kicking the Tracers. "When I write, I always make up album titles before I start. I'll often call a folder 'Three Songs' and then write three songs to go in there. This particular time, I didn't want to put a number on the folder, so I called it 'An Undefined Number'. 'Kicking the Tracers' refers to trying to get rid of those weird artifacts in your vision after you knock your head or touch your eye. Really." The albums are linked by songs about Dave's childhood home in Geelong: "Nobody chooses the place where they arrive," he sings, "they choose where they live and they choose where they die." Grovedale Part 1 opens An Undefined Number; Grovedale Part 2 closes Kicking the Tracers. Dave is a superb suburban songwriter, documenting real life dramas and dilemmas. But why has he done his version of Use Your Illusion? "Honestly, I wanted to do the least indie thing I could think of with this release. It's ambitious, I know, and close friends were trying to talk me out of it." Both albums are online-only releases (on iTunes and Bandcamp). "For me, I feel like pressing up discs doesn't make sense anymore," Dave says.


PERRY GOOD
Howzat!'s favourite Sydney singer-songwriter Perry Keyes has been out for the season, due to a knee injury. But he's back in action and hoping to release a couple of albums early next year.


HIP HIP
Happy birthday to the most successful bass player to come out of Melbourne. Flea, from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, is 51 today (Wednesday). He was born Michael Balzary in Mount Waverley, moving to New York when he was five.


HOT LINE
"I wish so hard a piano would fall on me" - Juan Alban, Miss Catastrophe.


CHART WATCH
Havana Brown scores her fourth Top 40 hit.

Pop A Bottle (Fill Me Up) JESSICA MAUBOY (number four)
You NATHANIEL WILLEMSE (nine, debut)
Riptide VANCE JOY (26)
Warrior HAVANA BROWN (32, debut)
Bring It Back WILL SPARKS & JOEL FLETCHER (33)

Jessica Mauboy's new album lands at three - just behind Miley Cyrus and Lorde.

Beautiful JESSICA MAUBOY (number three, debut)
Farewell Fitzroy BUSBY MAROU (five, debut)
Fuse KEITH URBAN (eight)
Crucible: The Songs of Hunters & Collectors VARIOUS (12)
Shotgun Karaoke PAUL DEMPSEY (17 debut)
We Are Young & Free HILLSONG YOUNG & FREE (18)
First Light To My Death Bed SAVIOUR (38, debut)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Home Is Where The Bills Go D. ROGERS
Fire On The Mountain CLIFFORD HOAD'S KINGS OF THE SUN
New Friends FAMILY FOLD
Say It Isn't So RON S. PENO & THE SUPERSTITIONS
Miss Catastrophe JUAN ALBAN

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