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Howzat! Archive - October 26th 2016

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BEFORE THE DELUGE
"Because something is happening here," Bob Dylan sang 51 years ago. Howzat! thought of that line when listening to Noah Earp's debut album, Disinheritor, though we don't know exactly what it is. Noah, an occasional John Safran impersonator, is obviously a deep thinker. He says Disinheritor is "a debut album but the irony is it all comes across as a swansong". He explains: "For a time, during the making of the album, I literally thought I was going to die soon. Put it down to youthful over-earnestness, put it down to some kind of morbid tendency, but that's how it was. And maybe I'll always be that way. The songs on the album are about being fragile, about staying fragile. They're confident, but the thing they're confident about is that great big cliff looming up on the horizon." A friend recently called Noah, "The International Man of Misery". "I kinda liked that," he says.

The album features Bound For Glory, but it's not an Angry Anderson cover and we can't imagine Noah on the back of a Batmobile at the Grand Final. Noah's song quotes Kerouac: "And just like Jack, I'm for the mad ones: mad to live, mad to talk, desirous of everything." But, "the truth is," Noah adds, "I think Jack Kerouac sucks. No, really. He's a terrible writer. On the other hand, I think that particular line [from On The Road] is one of the greatest sentences ever, and it gets to the heart of everybody's tragic and beautiful fucked-upness and youthful desire, which is an important part of the song. Which goes to show that if you drunkenly type up a lot of words on one long roll of paper, you might hit a bullseye." Noah agrees with the sentiment. "I think most people are desirous of everything, and they either learned a way to quieten those voices or went mad trying to chase it. I'm trying very hard to stay hungry without going mad. What I really want from my music career is some huge, messy, beautiful body of work, and an audience packed to the rafters who gets it."

Noah's Unearthed page says the album was "slated for release in 2014". What took you so long? "Partly money, partly perfectionism," Noah laughs. "And I didn't mind sitting on the songs for a while to really work out if we'd taken the right approach." Noah made Disinheritor with producer Jonathan Dreyfus, the brother of shadow Attorney General, Mark. "Jonathan and I go way back," Noah says. "We know each other's musical tastes and personalities so well that it's less of a learning process and more of a dance." Disinheritor, which Noah is launching at The Toff in Town on Thursday 27 Oct, includes Alone, a duet with Unearthed High winner Gretta Ray. Gretta calls Noah "an insanely talented lyricist". Noah returns the compliment: "She's one of those people you thank your lucky stars for." Noah was hooked after hearing 60 seconds of Gretta's Unexpected Feeling. "I knew I was listening to a great songwriter and singer." Disinheritor shows that Noah Earp might also be great. Yep, there's definitely something happening here.


HEAR HER ROAR
Happy Birthday to Helen Reddy, who turned 75 this week (25 Oct).


HOT LINE
"It's kind of hard to wear a half-broken heart on your sleeve" - Noah Earp, Sweetest Mistake.


CHART WATCH
Illy has two singles in the Top 20.

The Greatest SIA (number seven)
Catch 22 ILLY FEATURING ANNE-MARIE (18, debut)
Papercuts ILLY FEATURING VERA BLUE (20)
I Love You Always Forever BETTY WHO (23)
Wake Me Up JESSICA MAUBOY (34)
On Your Side THE VERONICAS (40, debut)

Jessica Mauboy becomes the first Indigenous artist to have a number one album.

The Secret Daughter JESSICA MAUBOY (number one, debut)
Let There Be Light HILLSONG WORSHIP (two, debut)
Triple J's Like A Version 12 VARIOUS (four)
Chemical Miracle TROPHY EYES (eight, debut)
Warriors LISA MITCHELL (nine, debut)
Ripcord KEITH URBAN (11)
Dream Lover - The Bobby Darin Musical AUSTRALIAN CAST FEATURING DAVID CAMPBELL (17)
Utopia Defeated D.D DUMBO (20)
The Very Best INXS (21)
Westway (The Glitter & The Slums) STICKY FINGERS (26)
Death's Dateless Night PAUL KELLY & CHARLIE OWEN (30)
Gimme Some Lovin' HUMAN NATURE (31)
Skeleton Tree NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS (32)
The Best Of THE WIGGLES (39)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Bound For Glory NOAH EARP
In The Name Of Protection DAN FLYNN
I Feel Fine THE BAREBONES
The Enemy Within BEN LEE
Leadlight JULIA JACKLIN

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