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Howzat! Archive - October 1st 2014

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OCEAN STORIES
Sometimes you don't know what you've got till it's gone. After two albums, three EPs and two DVDs, Antiskeptic called it quits, exiting with a gig at the Hi-Fi on 20 Sep, 2008. "I don't think we ever really gave ourselves a holiday from the band," singer Andrew Kitchen reflects. "We were always writing, rehearsing, gigging and planning I reckon every band should take at least three weeks off each year - no gigs, no communication, no writing on the side, just time off. We didn't do that, and after nearly 10 years of being on the treadmill, we'd run ourselves into the ground." Instead of a break, it was a break-up. And it hit Andrew hard. "I went on with my job, with being a father and renovating my house and all the other things in my life, but the fire was out. I felt like a shell of a man." Andrew and drummer Nick Coppin talked about starting a new band called Echo the Arrow. Then they got the call to farewell legendary Melbourne venue The Arthouse in 2011. Andrew's fire was reignited. He was also inspired by a Jimmy Eat World line: "There's still some living left when your prime comes and goes." And the Antiskeptic fans hadn't forgotten, contributing more than $20,000 via Pozible, which enabled the band to work with producer Forrester Savell. The result is the superb Stare Down The Ocean, which they're launching at the Evelyn on 11 Oct. "I've heard of people with mental illness saying their illness came in waves, and they had a decision to make each time: to face it head on, or just go with it and be swept away," Andrew explains. "I think that's true for all of us, that we all face significant challenges. To us, the phrase 'Stare Down the Ocean' summed up how we felt about re-forming, writing and releasing a new Antiskeptic album." Andrew had three aims for the album: A sax solo, a key change, and a tempo shift. He managed to achieve just the tempo change (check out closing cut, Reach For The Sun). A huge INXS fan, Andrew dreamed of Kirk Pengilly playing the title track's opening riff. "Unfortunately, I recorded a version, with me playing the lead part on guitar - a big mistake. The other guys heard it and said, 'Dude, that sounds sick on guitar!'" The Kirk Pengilly discussion was over until the next Antiskeptic record.


CHERRY GOOD
It was a decade ago today (1 Oct) that Corporation Lane in Melbourne was officially renamed ACDC Lane to honour AC/DC. Lord Mayor John So said: "As the song says, there is a highway to hell, but this is a laneway to heaven. Let us rock."


FOR THOSE ABOUT TO RUCK
The AFL should start planning now for the 2015 Grand Final. Howzat!'s list of Top 5 Aussie Legends Who Have Never Appeared At The Grand Final: AC/DC, Cold Chisel, Kylie, James Reyne and Ross Wilson. And Missy Higgins would be good, too.


HOT LINE
"I'm wondering if I'll ever get to wake in the sun" - Bertie Blackman, Darker Days.


CHART WATCH
The Veronicas' new life at Sony is off to a great start, with a number one debut.

You Ruin Me THE VERONICAS (number one, debut)
Live Louder NATHANIEL (four)
Freaks TIMMY TRUMPET (five)
Where You From? BEAU RYAN FEATURING JUSTICE CREW (19, debut)
Black Widow IGGY AZALEA (24)
Amnesia 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER (30)
Latch JASON HEERAH (38, debut)
Stolen Dance DEAN RAY (40, debut)

Missy Higgins' run of number one albums is broken, with a number three debut for Oz.

Oz MISSY HIGGINS (number three, debut)
30:30 Hindsight JIMMY BARNES (10)
Walking Under Stars HILLTOP HOODS (12)
Dream Your Life Away VANCE JOY (15)
Angus & Julia Stone ANGUS & JULIA STONE (20)
Bittersweet KASEY CHAMBERS (22)
5 Seconds Of Summer 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER (24)
There There MEGAN WASHINGTON (25)
The Very Best INXS (30)
Microscopic Wars KINGSWOOD (34)
Built On Glass CHET FAKER (36)
Burnt Letters TAYLOR HENDERSON (40)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Hey Dissident ANTISKEPTIC
NYE MISSY HIGGINS
Komarov DAVEY LANE
This Living LAUREN GLEZER
Darker Days BERTIE BLACKMAN

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