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Howzat! Archive - June 22nd 2016

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LISTEN LIKE THIEVES
When Tracy McNeil moved to Australia from Canada in 2007, her dad, Wayne, gave her his 1968 Gibson Hummingbird guitar. "He wanted me to have it and use it, knowing I was serious about playing music," Tracy explains. Her new album, Thieves, features a song called Ashes: "I've never felt closer," Tracy sings, "than when you're ringing through this old Gibson guitar." Tracy dedicates the album to her dad, who died last year. She's yet to play Ashes live. "Fingers crossed, I can get through to the end." Music has always been a family affair for Tracy. Her dad and mum played together in a band in Canada called Fargo, and now her husband, Raised By Eagles' Luke Sinclair, is part of her band, The GoodLife. Tracy acknowledges it's not always easy to play and live together. "Well, my mum quit Fargo before they started touring seriously, so I'm not sure what that says," she laughs. "Luke and I are still working out the dynamics of being in a relationship and playing music together in a band. I do my best to maintain a 'band' vibe in rehearsal and on stage - it's not easy waters to navigate but we do our best." This is Tracy's fourth album and the first credited to Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife. "The name has been kicking around since 2014. I always introduced the band as The GoodLife at shows, but this time around it was really important to me to record and release a 'band' album. I'm so lucky to have Luke, Dan [Parsons], Bree [Hartley] and Trent [McKenzie] along for the ride - true friends through thick and thin. To me, that's The GoodLife." Tracy will be thinking of her dad when she launches Thieves at Bella Union on Saturday, 25 June. "He taught me to keep going at all costs. Never quit and never stop trying to create something that is the best that it can be - even if you go hungry trying. Making music is food for the soul."


TIGER TURNS 20
Monique Brumby's debut album, Thylacine, will soon turn 20 and she's celebrating with a special gig at Memo Music Hall on 22 October.


CHEERS BEERS
Happy Birthday to the guy with one of the best names in Australian music - INXS's Garry Gary Beers is 59 today (22 June).


HOT LINE
"The sound of the times is the sigh of indifference" - Peter Garrett, Great White Shark.


CHART WATCH
The Veronicas' new single lands at 26.

Say It FLUME (number eight)
In My Blood THE VERONICAS (26, debut)
The Fighter KEITH URBAN (29)
Cheap Thrills SIA (30)
Sound Of Silence DAMI IM (31)
Never Be Like You FLUME (32)
1955 HILLTOP HOODS (34)


The Temper Trap score their second number one album.

Thick As Thieves THE TEMPER TRAP (number one, debut)
Soul Searchin' JIMMY BARNES (three)
Skin FLUME (six)
Ripcord KEITH URBAN (seven)
Honey Bones DOPE LEMON (11, debut)
Classic Carpenters DAMI IM (14)
The Best Of THE WIGGLES (21)
The Very Best INXS (25)
50 Best Songs PLAY SCHOOL (32, debut)
Drinking From The Sun, Walking Under Stars Restrung HILLTOP HOODS (35)
This Is Acting SIA (37)
Bloom RFS (40)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Ashes TRACY McNEIL & THE GOODLIFE
Oh No You Don't BENNY WALKER
Dying To Leave COLOUR BOMB
Open Orange GEORGIA FIELDS
Great White Shark PETER GARRETT

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