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LOVING LOVE MIGRATE
Some bands get very good very quickly. Take Love Migrate.
They played their first gig last year, at the Grace Darling.
This year, they played at the Boogie Festival, and now they're
launching their wonderful new single, Making This Hard,
at the Toff on Thursday. The title is not a double entendre.
Love Migrate are a serious band. There's lots of pondering
and wondering, contemplating life's Big Questions. Yep,
they're serious. And they're seriously good.
"I think loss is the main theme of my songwriting," singer
Eddie Alexander tells Howzat!, "or at least it's quite prominent
on the record we've just finished. Most of the tracks are
a reflection of a particular event or mindset I've experienced.
I look forward to writing more in anticipation of something,
to provide a bit more optimism in the songs. Who knows,
the next record might have a few three-minute, hand-clapping
Love Migrate evolved from a band called Goodnight Owl. Their
sound is atmospheric pop. Eddie overheard two guys at a
gig arguing whether they were too psychedelic to be called
folk music. "I think that's a pretty good description,"
"All of our wounds come from our first love" is a line that
leaps out of Making This Hard. Who were Eddie's first musical
loves? "I never really had a lot of music posters on my
wall growing up," he reveals. "My room was plastered with
skateboarding posters and there wasn't much space for anything
else. I grew up in a house with constant rotations of Archie
Roach and Ruby Hunter, Paul Kelly, The Black Sorrows and
The Warumpi Band. I probably didn't realise it at the time,
but I think each of these artists has had a profound impact
on my songwriting and overall love of music." Asked to nominate
his three favourite local songwriters, Eddie lists Paul
Kelly, Gareth Liddiard and David McComb. "Peter Combe was
also a genius back in the '90s," he adds. "I still fix the
fence with sticky tape, which is maybe why it's full of
white ants." Indeed, Love Migrate's debut album (out 12
October) is called Plagued Are All My Thoughts, Like White
Ants In The Fence.
ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL
Fight the power! St Kilda's Pure Pop Records is engaged
in an ongoing battle with the council and has been forced
to soundproof its courtyard. To help the campaign, punters
can "buy a brick". Head to purepop.com.au for more info.
THIS SONG IS ABOUT YOU
The new book Songs About You ($21.95, South Publishing)
confirms one of Australian music's best-kept secrets: Hap
Hayward is one of our finest lyricists. The book gathers
Hap's lyrics "from The Dead Salesmen to Underminers and
lots of stuff in-between". He starts the book with a line
from Loudon Wainwright III's So Many Songs: "It's taken
me so long to finally see, my songs about you are all about
me." Loudon was a big influence. "There was John Lennon
as a kid, and Morrissey really blew me away as a teenager,"
Hap says. "Loudon gave me the confidence to write about
really personal things when I hit my 20s, but really it
was hearing Paul Kelly's Post album. Hearing Adelaide and
From St Kilda To Kings Cross was extraordinary to me because
I actually knew the places he was talking about. And he
wore his heart on his sleeve, but in a really cool, understated
way." Hap launches Songs About You at Readings in Carlton
on Wednesday, 12 September.
FAITHFUL'S NOT A BAD WORD
As The Go-Betweens release a new compilation album, Quiet
Heart, Penny Hewson has declared they are her biggest influence.
What's Penny's favourite Go-Betweens album? "Spring Hill
Fair. It was so unbelievable to me that an Australian band
had made such a record at that time. Their songwriting,
their sound, the absolute self-confidence to do their own
thing, and yet still with such an innocence. It was an alluring
taste of things to come, plus it has those GoB's classics
- Part Company, Draining The Pool For You and my absolute
all-time fave, Bachelor Kisses." Penny launches her new
album, It's An Endless Desire, at the Empress on Friday,
with The Dead Salesmen duo and Jeremy Gronow.
Guy Sebastian has had as many number one singles in Australia
Battle Scars GUY SEBASTIAN (number one)
Boom Boom JUSTICE CREW (two)
When The Lights Go Out HAVANA BROWN (19)
Dancing With A Broken Heart DELTA GOODREM (23)
Run Alone 360 (24)
Everyone's Waiting MISSY HIGGINS (31)
Lolita THE VERONICAS (33)
The Sapphires soundtrack spends a second week on top.
The Sapphires soundtrack (number one)
Fear & Freedom RICKI-LEE (seven, debut)
The Ol' Razzle Dazzle MISSY HIGGINS (nine)
My Journey KARISE EDEN (10)
Spirit Bird XAVIER RUDD (17)
There Will Be Love ADAM BRAND (19)
Drinking From The Sun HILLTOP HOODS (21)
Broken Brights ANGUS STONE (23)
The Story So Far KEITH URBAN (24)
Falling & Flying 360 (26)
Happy Home DARREN PERCIVAL (28)
A Is For Alpine ALPINE (35)
Making This Hard LOVE MIGRATE
This One's For You PENNY HEWSON
Pistol MIA DYSON
Maiden Name SPLIT SECONDS
Tentative THE DEAD SALESMEN
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