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Howzat! Archive - June 1st 2016

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COLOUR BOMB'S KALEIDOSCOPIC SOUND
The final song on Colour Bomb's self-titled debut album is called Learn The Ropes. But Colour Bomb arrive fully formed. This is one of 2016's great debuts. James Saunders and Tom Whitty are "two grown men who spend time alone together in a bedroom making sweet, sweet music". They met at high school in Wangaratta. "We met in a music class on my first day of Year 11," Jimmy recalls. "Tom was king of the kids, I was the awkward new guy who claimed to play the bass. Tom challenged me to show him something, so I chose a Red Hot Chili Peppers lick, which until that point had won me universal praise. Tom shrugged and said everyone can play that. After a few more attempts, I won him over and we discovered we were into the same bands. That set the scene for our music making - we constantly challenge ourselves without any pretense." Colour Bomb make sophisticated pop that manages to meld influences as diverse as David Bowie, Nick Cave, Billy Joel, Jeff Buckley and Models. "It's always weird what people compare us to, because I just never hear it," Tom smiles. "I showed a friend the record the other day and the first band he mentioned was Ultravox. I would never have thought that, but since he said it, I've been listening to Ultravox flat out and absolutely loving them." There's a lot going on with the Colour Bomb sound. Have the guys had a favourite description? "The word 'kaleidoscopic' has been used a few times, which seems to align with our penchant for layering sounds. Tom's mum loves that word too, though I think she just loves kaleidoscopes." As Tom adds, "In Trudy's defence, who doesn't love kaleidoscopes?" Australia has a great tradition of duos, with Bobby & Laurie in the '60s, Air Supply in the '70s and Savage Garden in the '90s. Add Colour Bomb to the list. They're launching their album - on vinyl - at The Toff In Town on Saturday, 4 June.


FIELDS OF GOLD
It's been a long time coming, but Georgia Fields' second album, Astral Debris, is due in August, six years after her debut. Georgia says the first single, Open Orange, is "kinda like my love letter to really, really great oral sex".


ROCK IN PEACE
We remember the great Doc Neeson, who died two years ago this week.


HOT LINE
"What a wonderful way to be devoured" - Georgia Fields, Open Orange.


CHART WATCH
Just one homegrown hit in the Top 10.

Say It FLUME (number six)
Cheap Thrills SIA (19)
Dear Life DELTA GOODREM (20)
Never Be Like You FLUME (23)
Sound Of Silence DAMI IM (25)
1955 HILLTOP HOODS (31)


Keith Urban slips to three after two weeks on top.

Ripcord KEITH URBAN (number three)
Classic Carpenters DAMI IM (nine)
Anthology KATE CEBERANO (18)
Strange Loop PAUL DEMPSEY (22)
Shift THE LIVING END (25)
This Is Acting SIA (28)
Bloom RFS (30)
Together MARINA PRIOR & MARK VINCENT (31)
Drinking From The Sun, Walking Under Stars Restrung HILLTOP HOODS (33)
Molly Soundtrack VARIOUS (34)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Dying To Leave COLOUR BOMB
Tall Trees PETER GARRETT
Open Orange GEORGIA FIELDS
Ocean Road BEN MITCHELL
Mariachi Wind MELODY POOL

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