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Howzat! Archive - April 27th 2016

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WRAY-DAR LOVE
"Sometimes we take chances," Mia Wray sings on her new EP, Send Me Your Love, "sacrifice our hearts, for the good, for the bad." Mia grew up on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, but she's moved to Melbourne to further her music career. "It's been incredible," Mia says. "I've never looked back and I feel like this was where I was supposed to be the whole time. I love the music scene, the culture and the people. Sometimes the concrete jungle can be a bit much to handle, but it's not too far to drive to some beautiful wide-open spaces and take a breather." Since moving to Melbourne, Mia has done a stack of support gigs, with Ben Lee, Daryl Braithwaite, Darren Middleton, Tex & Charlie and Diesel. And she sang With A Little Help From My Friends with The E Street Band's Jake Clemons, "which was such a high for me". Mia's songs are beautiful, intimate and personal. Howzat! misinterprets one of the lines on the new EP, thinking it's about a singer-songwriter struggling to come to terms with how much to reveal in her songs: "Maybe I'm scared," Mia sings in Start Again. "I don't know if I am prepared to show myself " Not so, she says. "It's always been quite natural for me to be so open in my songs. That line isn't about me or my feelings. It's about other people who feel afraid to 'show themselves'." Mia made Send Me Your Love in Nashville with producer Brad Jones, who has worked with a number of Aussie acts, including Melody Pool, Skipping Girl Vinegar and Missy Higgins. "It was an incredible experience," Mia smiles. "Getting to work with such talented musicians was such a privilege. I think it will forever be a highlight of my music career." Mia is now home in Melbourne, and she's launching Send Me Your Love at the Workers Club on Friday.


HAIL MARY
Electric Mary are keeping the rock flag flying. They've been rocking for more than a decade and they're playing at Memo Music Hall on Friday with Palace Of The King.


GOLDEN HOLDEN
The Carnation Kid, Mark Holden, is 62 today (27 April). Jimmy Barnes is 60 on 28 April. And Max Merritt is 75 on 30 April.


DON'T DREAM, IT'S NEVER OVER
Two Aussie chart milestones happened 29 years ago this week: Crowded House's Don't Dream It's Over peaked at number two in the US, and John Farnham's You're The Voice entered the UK charts, where it would eventually peak at number six.


HOT LINE
"Cautiously, I had hopes for you and me, but suddenly everything I thought I knew was gone" - Mia Wray, Tear From A Stone.


CHART WATCH
No Aussie hits in the Top 10, with just three in the national Top 40.

Cheap Thrills SIA (number 11)
1955 HILLTOP HOODS (13)
Never Be Like You FLUME (16)


Marina Prior & Mark Vincent have a big album for Mother's Day, with a Top 10 debut.

Drinking From The Sun, Walking Under Stars Restrung HILLTOP HOODS (number three)
Bloom RFS (five)
Molly Soundtrack VARIOUS (six)
Together MARINA PRIOR & MARK VINCENT (eight, debut)
This Is Acting SIA (nine)
Telluric MATT CORBY (14)
This Time Tomorrow MIRUSIA (21, debut)
Waco VIOLENT SOHO (25)
Walking Under Stars HILLTOP HOODS (33)
Blue Neighbourhood TROYE SIVAN (36)
Currents TAME IMPALA (37)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Start Again MIA WRAY
Gangs of Fools THE EVENING CAST
Relocation Blues SPLIT SECONDS
Black Dog MELODY POOL
You Don't Think You Like People Like Me ALEX LAHEY

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