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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
HEAR HER ROAR
Happy Birthday to Helen Reddy, who turned 75 this week (25
"It's kind of hard to wear a half-broken heart on your sleeve"
- Noah Earp, Sweetest Mistake.
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)
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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