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Howzat! Archive - September 28th 2016

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MELLOW YELLOW
Driving to the Yikesville studio to record the title track of Amarillo's debut album, Eyes Still Fixed, Nick O'Mara remarked to singer Jac Tonks: "I want the guitar to sound like Ry Cooder's slide on Sister Morphine." At the studio, setting up his gear, the producer, Shane O'Mara, said, "Go for that Ry Cooder sound on Sister Morphine." "There were a lot of moments like that," Nick smiles. "Simpatico." No big surprise - Nick and Shane are cousins; Nick and Jac are partners, and the result is a marvellous musical marriage, an album that sounds both effortless and beautiful, with a lovely mood. Shane calls it "a masterful, measured record, less Laurel Canyon, more English pastoral. Subtle, with beautiful poise." Nick was playing with Yanto Shortis when he met Jac - both Yanto and Jac worked behind the bar at the Retreat. Amarillo is the Spanish word for yellow. It's also a city in Texas - "the helium capital of the world". "We weren't aware of the helium connection," Nick says, "but I like that. It's a very handy gas - good at parties." Nick and Jac have never actually been to Amarillo, though they went to the US last year. "I've had the word 'Amarillo' floating 'round my head and written in notebooks for years," explains Nick, who also plays in Raised By Eagles. "I like the way it sounds and looks on the page. When we were starting to play music together, Mick Thomas asked Jac about doing some gigs and when he asked the name of the band, she just said, 'Amarillo', not wanting to say we didn't have a name yet." It stuck. Amarillo are launching Eyes Still Fixed at Bella Union on 8 Oct. The title comes from a poem Nick read many years ago. "I can't remember the poem or the author, but the line stuck with me. You have to keep your eyes fixed on what you think is beautiful or important or right in the world, and not let people sway you. Don't let the bastards grind you down."


GOOD BONES
Can't wait to hear Pete Farnan's Pesky Bones album - 12 songs, 12 singers, including Deborah Conway, Paul Kelly, Sean Kelly, Tim Rogers, Charles Jenkins and Rebecca Barnard. The Pledge campaign concludes this weekend.


HOT LINE
"I want to float past all the fools who make up all the rules, and not for you and me" -Amarillo, All I Can See.


CHART WATCH
Sia's The Greatest slips from two to four.

The Greatest SIA (number four)
Papercuts ILLY FEATURING VERA BLUE (10)
I Love You Always Forever BETTY WHO (11)
In My Blood THE VERONICAS (36)
Say It FLUME (37)
Cheap Thrills SIA (38)
This Girl KUNGS VS COOKIN' ON 3 BURNERS (39)


Anthony Callea scores his second number one album - 11 years after his debut.

Backbone ANTHONY CALLEA (number one, debut)
Skeleton Tree NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS (three)
Divas And Demons REMI (10, debut)
Internal SAFIA (11)
Ripcord KEITH URBAN (14)
Gimme Some Lovin': Jukebox Vol II HUMAN NATURE (18)
The Very Very Best Of Crowded House CROWDED HOUSE (20)
Smoke Fire Hope Desire HARTS (21, debut)
His Favourite Collection JOHN WILLIAMSON (24)
This Could Be Heartbreak THE AMITY AFFLICTION (25)
50 Best Songs PLAY SCHOOL (29)
The Best Of THE WIGGLES (34)
Things I Carry Around TROY CASSAR-DALEY (38)
Telluric MATT CORBY (40)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Firefly AMARILLO
Daisy VAUDEVILLE SMASH
Serpent's Tooth DEBORAH CONWAY & WILLY ZYGIER
Best Of You BIG SMOKE
Little Piece EVEN

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