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Howzat! Archive - March 2nd 2016

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GLORIOUS, INDEED
Some albums are too good to slip between the cracks. The Glorious released their third album, Falcon, late last year. In the Christmas crush, Howzat! didn't give the record the attention it deserved. But after hearing several songs on Neil Rogers' The Australian Mood on RRR, it quickly became Howzat!'s summer fave. The vocals - by David Mather and Daniel Gard'ner - are exquisite, the melodies are marvellous. And it sounds sensational, produced by Julian Mendelsohn, who should be in the ARIA Hall of Fame. Julian grew up in Melbourne but found fame in London, mixing Musical Youth's Pass The Dutchie, Frankie Goes To Hollywood's Relax, Kate Bush's Hounds of Love and stacks of other hits. And he produced Models, Machinations and McCartney. "Julian Mendelsohn was a name our old manager used to mention all the time," Dave says. "But we actually hadn't heard of him!" The Glorious split with their manager but started working with Julian, "and it's now been a nine-year working relationship". What has he contributed to The Glorious albums? "Everything, really. He's an old school producer in that he gets the best out of you and knows how to complete a project. Our recorded sound is Jools' sound. And he's an amazing mixer." Dave loves grilling Julian about McCartney. "That was a huge thing for us when we started working with him. He tells me he's extremely quick in the studio. No surprises there." Dave and Dan went to the same high school, Lincoln High, about 30 minutes from Christchurch. Music brought them together, and they moved to Melbourne in 1998. The Glorious Facebook page features many motivational quotes. Is there one that sums up the making of this album? "There was a quote recently from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar that read: I try to do the right thing at the right time. They may just be little things, but usually they make the difference between winning and losing. I think that's close." Falcon is, indeed, a winner. It's just been released in the US and the band is hoping to tour there later this year.


DARK DAYS
Catherine Traicos launches her new album, Brave The Good Dark, at Some Velvet Morning on Saturday, 5 March. More in Howzat! soon.


GOOD EVANS
Mark Evans, AC/DC's bass player from 1975 to 1977, turns 60 today (2 March).


HOT LINE
"Am I in danger at all?" - The Glorious, Toward Neptune.


CHART WATCH
Hilltop Hoods have a Top 10 single and the nation's number one album.

Never Be Like You FLUME (number two)
1955 HILLTOP HOODS (six)
Cheap Thrills SIA (12)
Remind Me CONRAD SEWELL (22)
Keeping Score LDRU (23)
Hoops THE RUBENS (30)
Youth TROYE SIVAN (31)
Come Home (Cardinal Pell) TIM MINCHIN (32)

The Molly soundtrack slips to number two after two weeks on top.

Drinking From The Sun, Walking Under Stars Restrung HILLTOP HOODS (number one, debut)
Molly Soundtrack VARIOUS (two)
This Is Acting SIA (four)
Bloom RFS (11)
Victorious WOLFMOTHER (17, debut)
Synthia THE JEZABELS (23)
1000 Forms Of Fear SIA (25)
Dream Your Life Away VANCE JOY (33)
Triple J Like A Version Vol. 11 VARIOUS (34)
The Very Best INXS (35)
Eleven TINA ARENA (40)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Ease The Load THE GLORIOUS
I'm A Good Hater DAVE GRANEY
St Catherine's Day CATHERINE TRAICOS
Kick Drum JADE ALICE
Slow Dance SAL KIMBER

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