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Howzat! Archive - March 27th 2013

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ABBY'S ROAD
What next for Abby Dobson? "I can't understand why she's not the biggest Australian female singer," Mark Seymour tells Howzat! Sixteen years ago, Abby sang one of the most beautiful Australian songs ever, Leonardo's Bride's Even When I'm Sleeping. Abby released her debut solo album, Rise Up, in 2007. Now she sings French songs with Lara Goodridge in the duo Baby et Lulu, and also pops up on Mark Seymour's covers collection, Seventh Heaven Club (out now on Liberation). Mark and Abby sing the exquisite Getting Over You, which Willie Nelson and Bonnie Raitt recorded for Willie's 1993 album, Across The Borderline. Mark and Abby sing: "Now other people say, 'Stop living in the past', but when there's nothing left, it's your memories that last."

"Abby is fantastic," Mark says. "She's an amazing singer and an incredible performer. She can hold a room on her own; she's just got so much emotion in her. The beauty about Getting Over You is it's whimsical, but it's deeply felt. Abby has this real sense of irony. She's a very intelligent woman and she can just stand back and the emotion will come out. So much female singing nowadays is just overblown squawking. But Abby doesn't have to sell it too hard."

Leonardo's Bride are reuniting this week for two Bluesfest shows in Byron Bay. And what's next for Hunters & Collectors? A tribute album is in the works (we can't wait to hear The Living End's take on Say Goodbye) and, all going well, the band plans to re-form for some shows to coincide with the album's release later this year.


GET ON BOARD
Being a musician is not an easy gig. You need all the help you can get. That's where Music Victoria comes in, a body that can fight the good fight, promoting local music. Ideally, the organisation shouldn't be government-funded, because there will be times when it will have to lobby and bag the government of the day. Music Victoria's membership drive concludes this week. It costs an individual just $33 to join ($66 for a band). Head to musicvictoria.com.au for more info.


TV WEAK
Music Victoria CEO Patrick Donovan last week revealed one of the reasons he switched from writing about music at The Age to running the new body, saying he was tired of seeing "over-hyped international musicians coming out here when we had such fantastic local musicians already". Kudos to Kathy McCabe from The Daily Telegraph for lashing the Logies' cultural cringe. "The Australian television industry has no shame casting D-list talent on their reality shows, yet refuses to book even one A-list local singer to perform at the Logies on April 7," she wrote last week. The night's music acts all come from overseas - Michael Buble, Bruno Mars, Birdy and Olly Murs. "It is insulting for Australian TV's big night to bet only on international talent to bring star power," Kathy added, highlighting local acts with strong TV connections, including Clare Bowditch, Johnny Ruffo, Samantha Jade, Timomatic and Reece Mastin. "If they were good enough to attract ratings for their respective shows, surely they are good enough to perform at the Logies." Hear, hear.


FLAMING GROOVY

Ska-punk is not a big genre in Australia, but The Resignators keep the freak flag flying. "We can't help the way we are," Francis Harrison sings in the title-track of the band's new EP, Down In Flames (out now on Care Factor Records), "so we go down in flames." Produced by Craig Harnath and guitarist Steve Douglas, this is The Resignators' best release to date, with marvellous manic energy and a wonderfully wailing horn section. You can't help but dance. And the EP features a sweet pop gem, Summer Girl Smile. The Resignators launch Down In Flames at the Workers Club on Thursday.


SOMEBODY OF INFLUENCE
You have a massive worldwide hit and suddenly you're one of the nation's most influential people. The Liberal Party newsletter, also known as The Australian, has been running a meaningless series ranking Australia's most influential people. Coming in at number 29 in the final list is Gotye, just below ad man Harold Mitchell. No mention of Joe Dolce.


CHART WATCH
No Aussie singles in the Top 10.

Lanterns BIRDS OF TOKYO (number 13)
Holdin On FLUME (21)
Hello STAFFORD BROTHERS (25)
Big Banana HAVANA BROWN (28)

Bob Evans' Familiar Stranger introduces himself at number 34.

March Fires BIRDS OF TOKYO (number five)
Flume FLUME (12)
Zion HILLSONG UNITED (18)
Sharkmouth RUSSELL MORRIS (19)
Push The Sky Away NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS (26)
Armageddon GUY SEBASTIAN (31)
Familiar Stranger BOB EVANS (34, debut)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Getting Over You MARK SEYMOUR & ABBY DOBSON
Summer Girl Smile THE RESIGNATORS
Can For Now UNDERGROUND LOVERS
Making Our Way SKIPPING GIRL VINEGAR
You're The Cops, I'm The Crime DAVEY LANE

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