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Howzat! Archive - August 3rd 2016

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GIDDY UP
Twenty-two is a great age. You can do what you want. But what do you want? You think you know everything, when, really, you know very little. And you believe that love will last forever. "Because as long as I live, I'll be loving you, darling, just the way you are," Lacey Cole sings in Lazy Colts' latest single, Twenty Two, an epic evocation of a glorious time. A time of share houses, mixtapes and drunken pashes, when everything is so dramatic and real. "Being a sentimental guy, I have very fond memories of my relationships at 22," Lacey, 30, tells Howzat! "For me, it was definitely a time of self-discovery. It's a pretty volatile and exciting landscape to navigate when you mix people discovering who they are and who they want to be with all at once I would try to find all the things that excited me about art in my relationships. If they weren't there, I'd manage to put them there somehow. Unfortunately for my relationships, I listened to super sad songs, watched pretty tragic films and read the Old Testament. It was all very melodramatic and I don't think my girlfriends appreciated it. These days I've managed to separate the two a little better and live vicariously through our songs." The best thing about 22 is things are never as bad as they seem. Hearts will mend and there's plenty of time to heal all wounds. Lacey admits the song is really about "me convincing myself that everything is going to be okay in the wake of a relationship breakdown". Twenty Two is on the Sydney band's debut album, Trojan, which reminds Howzat! of The Triffids. Lacey liked a description of his band's sound: Over-enthusiastic funeral dirges. Lazy Colts come to Melbourne for the first time this week - Saturday at Wesley Anne, Sunday at Labour In Vain. "We're really excited. We've played with a lot of artists from Melbourne when they visit Sydney and lots of them have told us we sound like a 'Melbourne band', so hopefully it feels like a homecoming, a 'together again for the first time' kinda thing."


A PEARLER
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Deborah Conways's String of Pearls - one of Howzat!'s favourite albums - Deborah is playing the album at the Playhouse at the Arts Centre on 22 Sep.


HOT LINE
"What a man wants is seldom what he needs" - Bernard Fanning, What A Man Wants.


CHART WATCH
Illy's single featuring Vera Blue jumps from eight to two.

Papercuts ILLY FEATURING VERA BLUE (number two)
In My Blood THE VERONICAS (eight)
Say It FLUME (16)
Cheap Thrills SIA (28)
This Girl KUNGS VS COOKIN' ON 3 BURNERS (29)
Never Be Like You FLUME (34)

As Aussie albums occupy the top three spots, Human Nature score their fourth number one album.

Gimme Some Lovin': Jukebox Vol II HUMAN NATURE (number one, debut)
Skin FLUME (two)
Wildflower THE AVALANCHES (three)
Wings Of The Wild DELTA GOODREM (five)
Ripcord KEITH URBAN (seven)
Of Dirt And Grace - Live From The Land HILLSONG UNITED (14)
A Version Of Now PETER GARRETT (16)
50 Best Songs PLAY SCHOOL (18)
Telluric MATT CORBY (22)
Jukebox HUMAN NATURE (24)
The Best Of THE WIGGLES (26)
Drinking From The Sun, Walking Under Stars Restrung HILLTOP HOODS (30)
The Positions GANG OF YOUTHS (35)
Since I Left You THE AVALANCHES (37)
This Is Acting SIA (38)
Soul Searchin' JIMMY BARNES (39)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Twenty Two LAZY COLTS
Oh No You Don't BENNY WALKER
Favourite Guy THE GLORIOUS NORTH
Beyond The Valley PALACE OF THE KING
It Still Matters PETER GARRETT

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