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