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Howzat! Archive - April 20th 2016

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SECONDS FOR SPLIT SECONDS
It was 2012 and Split Seconds had just moved from Perth to Melbourne and released their debut album. With a stack of Triple J play, the future looked bright. Howzat! wrote: "Hopefully Split Seconds can survive the success this album is sure to bring. You'll Turn Into Me suggests a spectacular career." Four years later, we thought that Split Seconds had split, but they're back. And Relocation Blues, the first single from their upcoming second album, tells the tale. "We arrived at the beginning of winter," Sean Pollard sings. "So unprepared for the cold. Also unprepared for indifference - nobody came to our shows." That was just the start. The band's publicist became a cheese delivery man, Sean's relationship broke up, the band lost a couple of members, and "nobody knows me at home anymore and nobody knows that I'm here". But, "despite all the derision," Sean sings, "it's a permanent decision." Melbourne is now home. Sean even likes the weather. "I just love the pubs and football mostly. My favourite time of year is a Friday night about 5.30, just before a big game. It's probably freezing, pubs are packed and sweaty. It's great." Four years in, and Sean says the only thing he now dislikes is the 57 tram. "Other than that, it's gravy." Sean says Relocation Blues was cathartic. "It was really meant as a bit of a line in the sand. It's been a long process getting everything together [for the second album], so I was really keen to document that process and move on." It's a bittersweet triumph. As Sean spits out the words, with killer rhyming couplets, you realise that Split Seconds' literate, intelligent pop still sounds great. We're glad they stuck it out. They're playing at The Catfish in Fitzroy on Saturday.


STATE OF THE HEARTACHE
He's the go-to guy when anyone wants to do a Stones or Neil Young show. But Nick Barker is best when doing his own songs. His band, The Heartache State, is playing at The Flying Saucer Club on Saturday with Lost Ragas.


STILL GOT THE BLUES
Blues pioneer Dutch Tilders died five years ago this week. We also remember Chrissy Amphlett, who died three years ago this week, and Lobby Loyde, who died nine years ago.


HOT LINE
"It's a choice I had to make, I had to relocate" - Split Seconds, Relocation Blues.


CHART WATCH
Iggy Azalea scores her ninth Top 40 hit, with Team jumping from 47 to 40.

Cheap Thrills SIA (number eight)
1955 HILLTOP HOODS (11)
Never Be Like You FLUME (14)
Team IGGY AZALEA (40)


Albums from Troye Sivan, Tame Impala and Hilltop Hoods return to the Top 40.

Molly Soundtrack VARIOUS (number five)
Drinking From The Sun, Walking Under Stars Restrung HILLTOP HOODS (seven)
Telluric MATT CORBY (nine)
This Is Acting SIA (14)
Waco VIOLENT SOHO (21)
Six Ribbons - The Ultimate Collection JON ENGLISH (27)
Bloom RFS (31)
Blue Neighbourhood TROYE SIVAN (34)
Currents TAME IMPALA (35)
Walking Under Stars HILLTOP HOODS (36)
Rising With The Sun THE CAT EMPIRE (37)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Relocation Blues SPLIT SECONDS
Ratja YaliYali GAWURRA
Black Dog MELODY POOL
Clockstar THE HEARTACHE STATE
You Don't Think You Like People Like Me ALEX LAHEY

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