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Howzat! Archive - October 25th 2017

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BUFFALO STANCE
The last time Howzat! saw The Heartache State they were supporting Dan Baird at Cherry. When the former singer of The Georgia Satellites hit the stage, he remarked, “How great were The Heartache State!” Nick Barker could be spied side of stage, beaming. After more than three decades in the music business, this was validation. Even during the giddy hair rock days of Nick Barker and The Reptiles, when the record company had stadium rock aspirations, Nick’s dreams were simple – he just wanted to be in a great bar band, like The Georgia Satellites. The Heartache State – with Justin Garner on guitar, Michael Hubbard on bass, and Venom on drums – gives him just that. Their second album, Last Of The Buffalo (on Golden Robot Records), swaggers with big riffs and rollicking grooves. The inner sleeve photo reveals plenty about the record, with a shot of Jimi Hendrix, a Charley Pride album cover, a disco ball and a statue of God. The album contains some life advice: “Swallow your pride – it’s not the worst thing you’ll ever taste.” And Nick is searching for contentment in Calm Me Down.This record might not answer all your questions, but you’ll certainly enjoy the ride. And Nick has a wonderful way with words. “I go to a confessional,” he sings, “speak to a professional. He said, ‘God is a pilot and there’s an airstrike with your name on it.’” The title track, written by Nick’s buddy Tim Rogers, is a song about the rock ’n’ roll life – “treading the boards from Bungendore to Queanbeyan” – and it ain’t glamorous. “I only get joy from sorrow,” Nick sings. “I weren’t born to follow. You and me are the last of the buffalo.” The press release features a great line: “We’re not reinventing the wheel, the old wheel goes OK.” Long may they roll.


HIP HIP

Happy Birthday to Keith Urban, who turns 50 on 26 Oct. Meanwhile, the great Kevin Borich was 70 on 24 Oct.


HOT LINE

Give me back my Aerosmith 33s, they’re all I’ve got for company” – The Heartache State, Give Me Back My Aerosmith 33s.

CHART WATCH
For the fourth week in a row, there’s just one Australian single in ARIA’s national Top 40 – Vance Joy’s Lay It On Me at number 34.

Lay It On Me VANCE JOY (number 34)

Courtney Barnett’s collaboration with Kurt Vile has a Top 5 debut.

Triple J’s Like A Version 13 VARIOUS (number three)
The Secret Daughter, Season Two JESSICA MAUBOY (four)
Lotta Sea Lice COURTNEY BARNETT & KURT VILE (five, debut)
Essential Oils MIDNIGHT OIL (11)
The Very Best INXS (12)
Life Is Fine PAUL KELLY (17)
Snow ANGUS & JULIA STONE (22)
California Dreaming RICK PRICE & JACK JONES (28)
Go Farther In Lightness GANG OF YOUTHS (29)
 

HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Last Of The Buffalo THE HEARTACHE STATE
Stay In My Arms BENNY WALKER
Backpack ALEX LAHEY
Be A Lion DIRTY RASCAL
I’ll Never Want A BF BEC SANDRIDGE


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