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Howzat! Archive - July 25th 2012

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UNDER THE VEHL
Matty Vehl is one of Melbourne's most versatile musicians. He's a member of The Bombay Royale and Charles Jenkins and The Zhivagos. He's toured with Clare Bowditch. And he's played on forthcoming records by Davey Lane and Pony Face. Matty also has his own project, Cylinders. It wasn't what we were expecting. The Communion EP (available now via Bandcamp) is a hypnotic electro concoction. Howzat! likes the Facebook description: "Cosmic shimmer-synth Luxury Pop for recurring future discotheque dreams." What's been Matty's favourite description of the Cylinders sound? "A few folk have said it sounds a bit like Bowie, which is enormously flattering," he smiles. There are also some definite '80s influences on show. Who is Matty's favourite New Romantic artist? "Well, I don't know if Kate Bush can strictly be classified as New Romantic, but I reckon she steered the shoal from time to time. I'm a big fan. The Human League's Reproduction was a cool record, and the Visage single Fade To Grey gets me giddy."

What inspired the Cylinders name? "There was a sci-fi lyric I put to a song my dear friend Marty Brown wrote," Matty explains, "that imagined these extraterrestrial entities called Cylinders that hummed and hovered ominously, kinda like the monolith from 2001. I like the spatial paradox that cylinders present - simultaneously exterior and interior. Then there are wax cylinders that predate 78s and vinyl. And 'crystal cylinders' was an old surf term for sweet, sweet waves. It seemed like a good fit."

Matty is launching the EP at the Workers Club on Thursday, 2 August. Is Cylinders a one-man band? "I've done a number of shows solo, with synths and a drum machine. But the launch will be the debut of a new line-up, adding bass and drums. I'm pretty excited." Matty is known for his keyboard work; does singing come naturally? "I feel comfortable singing," he says. "I actually sang out front of my first couple of bands."

With the EP title, Communion, and an opening track called Holy Unholy, there seems to be a religious theme. "Hmm," Matty replies, "a spiritual curiosity perhaps? A fey existential restlessness? The mysteries of existence are a fascinating rock to try and crack yer coconut on, right?"


FAN FUNDING THE POP BOOM

If any indie label survives 10 years, it's worth celebrating. And Popboomerang Records has issued some of Howzat!'s favourite albums of the past decade, including Skipping Girl Vinegar's Keep Calm, Carry The Monkey, D. Rogers' Sparks On The Tarmac, and Georgia Fields' self-titled set. To celebrate the anniversary, the label is raising money to release a 40-track compilation, Aches & Shakes. If you can contribute, head to pozible.com/popboomerang10thbirthday.


GRANEY IMAGES
The West Australian recently called him "The Walter Mitty of Oz Rock". A fan tweeted: "How many different 'Dave Graney and the ' have there been now? Surely you hold the world record?" Dave replied: "Yes, I do hold that feckin record." For the record, it's now Dave Graney and the mistLY. They launch their new album, You've Been In My Mind, at the Regal Ballroom on Friday.


TWENTY-FOUR YEARS AND STILL NO HITS
A belated Happy Birthday to The Fauves - they turned 24 on Monday. Their first gig was at the Mt Eliza footy club on 23 July, 1988. Singer Andrew Cox later reflected: "There was no rider, we were underpaid and no one got laid. It was a microcosm of an entire career."


DARK DAYS FOR BLACKMAN
It was a tough week for the Blackman family. Blackman, a filly named after Australian artist Charles Blackman, was forced to change her name when racing authorities deemed that the name "could be seen to be offensive". Meanwhile, Charles' daughter Bertie Blackman is battling tonsillitis and has bumped the release of her wonderful new album, Pope Innocent X, to October.


CHART WATCH
Missy Higgins leaps from 31 to 11 with the song she wrote with Dan Wilson.

Boom Boom JUSTICE CREW (number seven)
Everyone's Waiting MISSY HIGGINS (11)
Can You Feel It TIMOMATIC (18)
Shout It Out REECE MASTIN (21)
On Top JOHNNY RUFFO (26)

Karise Eden spends a fourth week at number one - no Aussie album has spent more time on top in the past five years. Seven Aussie albums are in the Top 10.

My Journey KARISE EDEN (number one)
Broken Brights ANGUS STONE (two, debut)
Happy Home DARREN PERCIVAL (three, debut)
Shooting Star RACHAEL LEAHCAR (five, debut)
No Shame SARAH DE BONO (seven, debut)
The Story So Far KEITH URBAN (eight)
The Ol' Razzle Dazzle MISSY HIGGINS (10)
Cornerstone HILLSONG LIVE (19)
Crooked Teeth HOUSE VS HURRICANE (20, debut)
The Temper Trap THE TEMPER TRAP (25)
Falling & Flying 360 (26)
Man Of Colours ICEHOUSE (30)
Drinking From The Sun HILLTOP HOODS (34)
White Heat: 30 Hits ICEHOUSE (40)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Holy Unholy CYLINDERS
Mistral DAVE GRANEY AND THE MISTLY
Marni And Stan ANDY KENTLER
Mercy Killer BERTIE BLACKMAN
Nothing On The Go THE FAUVES

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