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Howzat! Archive - May 21st 2014

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WHAT'S THE ALTERNATIVE?
My favourite band ended abruptly. There was no closure. It was like a death. It happened 14 years ago this week. Horsehead did a gig at the Armadale Hotel. The band was brilliant, as usual, but it was an otherwise unremarkable show, except bass player Mick Vallance packed up his gear backstage and quietly announced he'd had enough. After eight glorious years, three albums and an EP, the show was over. But there was no farewell gig or press release. Horsehead simply disappeared, with the band deciding that if one member was out, the band was finished. Like every music journalist, Howzat! likes to make lists. I saw Horsehead at 29 separate venues in Melbourne. I spent seven New Year's Eves seeing Horsehead at the Espy. I took four girlfriends to see them. None of them could truly understand my Horsehead obsession. I left a wedding reception in Daylesford to see Horsehead at the Espy. I tried to climb out of a bathroom window so I could see them at the Station Hotel. Howzat! wrote the shortest live review in Inpress history: "If there's a better band in this world, I'd love to see it." But enough reminiscing. A year ago this week, Horsehead singer Andy McLean and guitarist Scotty Kingman launched a Pledge campaign to make a new album. That album, Fifteen To 50, has now landed. Andy and Scotty (with some help from Horsehead's Cam McKenzie and Max Waugh) have turned the last 15 years into 50 minutes of music. When your favourite band reunites, you're excited but nervous: Will it respect the rock or ruin it? It took just one listen to the opening cut, Let It Be Now, for all my fears to subside. "If there's a moment in my life everything changes," Andy sings, "let it be now." The old energy and intensity is there. Horsehead played their first gig at the Station and their last at the Armadale. Both venues are now gone, but the spirit of Horsehead lives on. As Scotty and Andy point out, this is not Horsehead, but it's the next best thing - The Alternative.


KEYES, LOCKED IN
Perry Keyes - the Shakespeare of Sydney - is coming to Melbourne to play at The Flying Saucer Club on 21 June. Perry will preview songs from his forthcoming fourth album, Sunnyholt.


SIGN UP
If you've got some spare cash, show PBS show love. Their radiothon is running until Sunday.


SHAPE I'M IN
Two Aussie legends were born in Europe 66 years ago today [21 May]. The Maltese Falcon, Joe Camilleri, and Leo Sayer, who officially became an Australian citizen five years ago, were born on the same day in 1948. They're celebrating their birthday together in Darwin, on the Apia Good Times Tour.


HOT LINE
"It's like a new day rising" - The Alternative, New Day.


CHART WATCH
Justice Crew spend a second week on top.

Que Sera JUSTICE CREW (number one)
Geronimo SHEPPARD (three)
Chandelier SIA (10)
Fancy IGGY AZALEA (11)
Don't Stop 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER (12, debut)
High PEKING DUK (16)
Good Girls 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER (19, debut)
She Looks So Perfect 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER (20)
Never Be The Same JESSICA MAUBOY (30)
Tightrope ILLY FEATURING SCARLETT STEVENS (33)
Live It Up 360 FEATURING PEZ (38)
Sea of Flags JESSICA MAUBOY (40, debut)


The Beards make their Top 40 debut with their new album, which features Beards Are Back and All The Bearded Ladies.

The Very Best INXS (number five)
L.O.V.E HARRISON CRAIG (six)
Built On Glass CHET FAKER (10)
Beautiful JESSICA MAUBOY (15)
Best So Far MARK VINCENT (19)
So We Can Remember THUNDAMENTALS (20)
The New Classic IGGY AZALEA (21)
Van Diemen's Land RUSSELL MORRIS (25)
Earthwalker IN HEARTS WAKE (29)
The Beard Album THE BEARDS (30, debut)
Blackbird DAN SULTAN (32)
40 Years of Rock - Greatest Studio Hits THE ANGELS (34)
Fuse KEITH URBAN (35)
Hungry Ghost VIOLENT SOHO (40)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
New Day THE ALTERNATIVE
Absent Lover FREYA JOSEPHINE HOLLICK
Hold On Caroline WAGONS
Everything Was Legendary With Robert DAVE GRANEY
One Thing Leads To Another SOPHIE KOH

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