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Howzat! Archive - June 20th 2012

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Ashley Naylor will never forget seeing The Fauves for the first time. "It was the late '80s at The Tote," Ash recalls, "and they made me realise there was a world outside the sausage factory we all grew up in and it was okay to be a part of that world." A few years later, Ash's band, Even, supported The Fauves when they launched their second album, The Young Need Discipline, at the Club in Collingwood. "I still remember the crowd numbers - 129 payers," Fauves frontman Andrew Cox tells Howzat! "An overwhelming air of gloom and defeat hung over us in the dressing room and then somehow managed to avoid security and follow us on to the stage, where it stayed until the encore, which the crowd didn't really even ask for." Coxy does, however, have fond memories of Even's performance. "They were really good and they took their place in the huge list of bands who have played beneath us on a bill and then quickly gone on to become much more popular - see Powderfinger, Regurgitator, You Am I, Motor Ace, The Superjesus ... it's a long list, so I won't continue."
Nearly two decades after that first gig together, The Fauves and Even are teaming up for the "Together At Last" tour, which hits Northcote's Regal Ballroom on Friday, 29 June. It's a celebration of the last men standing, two bands that started in simpler times, when the internet didn't exist and John Farnham was "The Voice", not a TV show. Indeed, Even are launching an album called In Another Time, while The Fauves are lifting the lid on their 11th album, German Engines.

"Backstage at a Fauves/Even show will be tense," Coxy is tipping, "massive egos, facing off like alpha males in a lion pride. Ironic compliments designed to put rivals off their game, snide one-liners delivered under the guise of airy bonhomie. Spreadsheets full of sales figures and chart positions to help settle arguments about who should go on first, and Ted looking for places to cache a beer supply so there's plenty left when he gets off stage (though, in fairness, he does this at every gig and generally just gets someone to help him carry an esky on stage from where he can keep close watch over the contents)." And the drinks rider? "We will be on that three-phase Gatorade program they advertised during the cricket season: Prime for the pre-show prayers and group hug, Perform for the on-stage cardiovascular stuff, and a couple of Recovers for the limo ride to the roped-off VIP area at the nearest nightclub."

Ash's favourite Fauves song is Man Lessons, while Coxy's top Even tune is Black Umbrella - "as much as I hate it when people say their favourite songs of ours are ones we wrote 20 years ago! I like it for its effortless melodicism and pure pop sensibility - that's what I would say if I wrote reviews for Rolling Stone." Ash has also called for the return of The Fauves' fanzine, Shred. "I used to love reading Shred," Ash says. "A couple of special topics were shorts on stage (a big no, no) and bands who had left them in their dust. I also enjoyed pictures of The Doctor playing sax. Bring back Shred, the industry needs it!"

Goodbyemotel - one of this city's most underrated bands - are launching their new 3D video at a special Sunday afternoon show at the Northcote Social Club. The $12 entry includes 3D glasses.

Sad to see the passing of Australia's "father of jazz", Graeme Bell, at the age of 97. He was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 1997. Howzat! was amused by a recent exchange in The Age between the AFL's biggest jazz fan, the Bulldogs' Will Minson, and his team-mate Robert Murphy, the league's biggest indie rock fan: "Murphy thinks jazz is 'musical wankery', while Minson's take on his team-mate's indie rock enthusiasm is worth putting on the record: 'Don't give me anything with lyrics - I don't want to hear about your problems, don't give me your stories, I couldn't give a stuff. Don't yell at me why are you yelling at me? If you have to, put on Leonard Cohen - at least he just speaks."

The Voice continues to dominate.

Hallelujah KARISE EDEN (number two, debut)
Sitting On Top Of The World DELTA GOODREM (14)
Into The Flame EP MATT CORBY (24)
Child 360 (26)
Here's Where I Stand SARAH DE BONO (30, debut)
I Can't Make You Love Me DIANA ROUVAS (32)
Do It Like That RICKI-LEE (35)
A Song For You DARREN PERCIVAL (36, debut)

Missy Higgins spends a second week on top.

The Ol' Razzle Dazzle MISSY HIGGINS (number one)
Spirit Bird XAVIER RUDD (two, debut)
The Story So Far KEITH URBAN (four)
The Temper Trap THE TEMPER TRAP (11)
Falling & Flying 360 (18)
Drinking From The Sun HILLTOP HOODS (27)
Offspring SOUNDTRACK (34, debut)
Two Worlds Collide THE McCLYMONTS (36)
The Very Best Of CROWDED HOUSE (40)

Speakerphone THE FAUVES
In Another Time EVEN
This One's For You PENNY HEWSON

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