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Howzat! Archive - March 30th 2016

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BACK IN THE SPACE RACE
As AC/DC know, it's not easy replacing a lead singer. When Howzat! ventured to see Mi-Sex play with Mondo Rock at the Palais, our expectations weren't high. More than two decades after the death of singer Steve Gilpin, could Mi-Sex recapture their old magic? On his 2013 solo album, Black Rainbow, Steve Balbi sang, "Where's the fun? It's disappeared." But Steve is bringing the fun back fronting Mi-Sex, playing a compelling character, full of mystery and menace. "I've been around long enough to know that if it's not enjoyable, it's probably not worth doing," says Steve, who's also a member of Noiseworks. "I now live by the motto: 'Make music you love with people you love.'" Steve was a Mi-Sex fan before he became a rock star, being a regular at their Sydney gigs at the Royal Antler Hotel. "I would stand in the front row in awe of the band that for me changed the sounds of the Australian music scene. Prior to Mi-Sex, it was all about guitar, but then the sonic palette became galactic synths and sequencers. These guys were way ahead of their time." Steve never met Steve Gilpin, who died in 1992 after a car accident, but says, "I carry the flag with honour and respect." Indeed, Steve has delivered a cracking new Mi-Sex single, Somebody, part of an EP, Extended Play, which also features new versions of Computer Games, People and Falling In And Out. Steve is playing "a distinguished punk" when he fronts Mi-Sex, donning a bowler hat, tie and cufflinks. "I call him 'The Mi-Sex Guy'," Steve smiles. "He's so unpredictable, I'm not even sure what he'll do. He is kind of dangerous and sweet all at the same time." The result is captivating. Catch 'em if you can when Mi-Sex play at Memo Music Hall on 2 April.


SPLISH SPLASH
Fresh from Died Pretty's glorious return, Ron S. Peno is getting set to release a new solo single with The Superstitions - a cover of Bobby Darin's Not For Me.


GRANEY VISION
Is the big screen big enough for Dave Graney? Melbourne filmmaker Nick Cowan is doing a doco, I'm Not Afraid To Be Heavy, on the remarkable lives of Dave Graney and Clare Moore. To check out the crowdfunding campaign, head to pozible.com.


HOT LINE
"And there's no point believing there is hope for you and I" - Melody Pool, Love, She Loves Me.


CHART WATCH
Still only five Aussie entries in the national Top 40.

1955 HILLTOP HOODS (number four)
Never Be Like You FLUME (10)
Cheap Thrills SIA (11)
Always SAMANTHA JADE (33)
Keeping Score LDRU (38)

Violent Soho displace Matt Corby to claim their first number one album.

Waco VIOLENT SOHO (number one, debut)
Telluric MATT CORBY (two)
Molly Soundtrack VARIOUS (three)
Drinking From The Sun, Walking Under Stars Restrung HILLTOP HOODS (five)
Feelin Kinda Free THE DRONES (12, debut)
This Is Acting SIA (16)
Rising With The Sun THE CAT EMPIRE (18)
Six Ribbons - The Ultimate Collection JON ENGLISH (21)
Bloom RFS (23)
Koi Child KOI CHILD (25, debut)
Youth Revival HILLSONG YOUNG & FREE (35)
Blue Neighbourhood TROYE SIVAN (39)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Love, She Loves Me MELODY POOL
Paradise TRACY McNEIL & THE GOODLIFE
Pool Party JULIA JACKLIN
Devil's Road THE WEEPING WILLOWS
Somebody MI-SEX

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