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Howzat! Archive - September 30th 2015

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STATE OF THE HEART
Howzat! is listening to Dan Flynn's The State of Things when news of Tony Abbott's political death comes through. As Dan sings, "People are suffering, the government's to blame/ Children in prison, I hang my head in shame", it seems appropriate. Did Dan wake up the next day with a big smile? "I was definitely smiling," he says. "It was only for a short while but you gotta celebrate those wins. In a way, I was proud of my nation for getting rid of such a total prick. It felt good to think that we have some standards. As for the state of things? Well no, not a lot has changed." But quite a lot has changed in Dan's world. After four albums as Major Chord, his new album, Preparing For Flight, has been released under the name Dan Flynn and The State of Things. "I was getting a little tired of the [Major Chord] name and did feel this need to reveal myself more," Dan explains. "When I was younger, I liked hiding behind a moniker, probably due to typical male insecurity and the desire to be 'mysterious' and 'cool'. However, I've just turned 40, and things are different. I hope to be releasing albums well into my 60s and 70s and bringing it all back to my own name became very important to me." The song came first. "It was my wife's idea to use it for the band name," Dan says. "Bless her." Dan Flynn and The State of Things are launching the album at Shadow Electric on 14 Nov. Dan's son, Sebastian, has already given the record two thumbs up. "Dad, I think this is your best album ever," he declared - high praise from a seven-year-old. But Sebastian is right. Preparing For Flight is a lovely folk-pop record. It's intimate, honest and personal. One of the year's best.


BO-WEEVILS ARE BACK
Thirty years after they formed, The Bo-Weevils are pulling the paisley shirts out of the cupboard for a special one-off reunion at the Northcote Social Club on 22 Nov. The show - the band's first in 15 years - will coincide with the remastered reissue of the Weevils' six albums.


OILS STILL BURN
Midnight Oil wore their "Sorry" suits at the Sydney Olympics' closing ceremony 15 years ago this week. The anniversary coincides with the release of Peter Garrett's memoir, Big Blue Sky. And Rob Hirst has just released a cracking garage rock record, Crashing The Same Car Twice, with Sean Sennett.


HOT LINE
"Come walk with me, follow me down " - Dan Flynn, Heavy Lies The Crown.


CHART WATCH
No homegrown hits in the national Top 10.

Fire And The Flood VANCE JOY (number 12)
Wild TROYE SIVAN (24)
Hoops THE RUBENS (32)
Wings DELTA GOODREM (35)

And also no Aussie albums in the Top 10.

Wild TROYE SIVAN (16)
The Ultimate Peter Allen PETER ALLEN (18)
Thirty One JARRYD JAMES (22)
Dream Your Life Away VANCE JOY (23)
Hoops THE RUBENS (27)
Currents TAME IMPALA (30)
Home DUSTIN TEBBUTT (34, debut)
Two Strong Hearts Live JOHN FARNHAM & OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN (39)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
The State of Things DAN FLYNN
Running Away From Love THE FASCINATED
Love Is The Only Thing Left DAN LETHBRIDGE
Pot of Gold FAMILY FOLD
The One You Love CASEY BARNES

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