The ONE Campaign!

blank blank blank
blank
Aussie artists
Welcome to Living in the Land of Oz

Howzat! Archive - October 3rd 2012

Click here to go back to the Howzat! archive

THE DARJEELINGS TEE OFF
It's a sound of pure joy. The Darjeelings - Mairead O'Connor, Greer Clemens, Bella Chwasta and Izzy Flook - are still at school, but they know how to craft clever, cute pop. Their debut EP, filled with heavenly harmonies and delightful twists and turns, was produced by Benjamin McCarthy, who has been instrumental in the success of Pete Murray and Kate Miller-Heidke. "I saw them, of all places, at a school fete, while on a weekend walk around Carlton," Ben tells Howzat! "I stayed for the novelty, then I was blown away by their onstage guts, writing ability and vocal power." Ben says their future is bright. "I have no doubt that we're looking at the birth of the next generation of important Australian female musicians. There's a bit of 'prodigy' about them as well - they translated Camus for homework in-between tracking parts. They blow a hundred sweaty boy rock bands off the stage with the sheer joy of playing music. If you aren't charmed, you must have a heart of the blackest coal!" The Darjeelings don't appear to be in a hurry. "All in good time," they declare in the EP's opening track. But the sky's the limit. This Saturday's EP launch, at the Northcote Town Hall, is already sold out. The Darjeelings Limited? I don't think so.


DECIBELS MAKES A NOISE
The Darjeelings' gig is part of the Darebin Music Feast. Last Friday, Howzat! ventured to the Northcote Town Hall to check out the latest signings to Decibels Records, the label started by Darebin Council. Both acts delivered sparkling sets. Mansion, Alaska impressed with their indie rock, fusing Radiohead with an Australian rock sensibility. And Dominique showed she's capable of becoming a star. The 19-year-old (full name: Dominique Brown) is confident and assured on stage, with a swag of strong songs. Her mature piano pop is power-packed, and her band featured songwriting mentor Greg Arnold, as well as a female artist who managed to make the keytar look cool. It's great to see a local council getting behind local sounds.


TRUE COLOURS
Would Cyndi Lauper's career have been different if she'd relocated to Australia? In her new autobiography, Cyndi Lauper, A Memoir ($29.99, Simon & Schuster), Cyndi confesses to having an affair with an unnamed Australian journalist in 1989. She also recalls rediscovering her love of music with Noiseworks at a festival in Italy. "I found myself on a chair at the end of the night singing True Colors," Cyndi writes, "with the singer from Noiseworks and the dishwasher, who was playing harmonica in that moment, the joy came back to the music for me." Cyndi considered moving to Australia. "It would be a fresh start. Noiseworks was there, and maybe I could do some work with them. It could be fun. I stood at Bondi Beach looking out at the end of the earth. I realised I might be very lonely and I wasn't sure I could make the kind of record I wanted in Australia. Plus, I couldn't drive. I'm a New Yorker and I never got my licence. So I returned to New York. But I always wonder what my music might have been like if I'd stayed."


SEVEN GETS A ZERO
Full credit to the AFL for its all-Aussie Grand Final entertainment. But it would have been nice if Channel Seven had shown more of it. The Temper Trap were great, but where was Tim Rogers in the telecast? And Paul Kelly's Leaps and Bounds would have been a highlight - if it had been shown properly.


GET ON YOUR BIKES
So many great albums have been released this year. Minibikes' debut album, For Woods Or Trail, will definitely end up on Howzat!'s 2012 best-of list. Minibikes main man Marcel Borrack is a professor of pop, capable of collating a collection of sounds and turning them in to pop hits. He crafts tunes that are kooky but accessible. Howzat! also loved Minibikes' recent cover of Tears For Fears' Everybody Wants To Rule The World on the Marngrook Footy Show. Minibikes launch For Woods Or Trail at the Northcote Social Club on Saturday.


HIP HIP
Where will he be in 51 years? Happy Birthday to Brian Mannix, who is 51 on Sunday.


CHART WATCH
Guy Sebastian slips to number two after six weeks on top.

Battle Scars GUY SEBASTIAN (number two)
Boom Boom JUSTICE CREW (nine)
When The Lights Go Out HAVANA BROWN (18)
Run Alone 360 (35)

Illy lands at 15.

The Rubens THE RUBENS (number nine)
The Sapphires soundtrack (10)
Bring It Back ILLY (15, debut)
Pacifica THE PRESETS (19)
This Was Tomorrow SETH SENTRY (21)
Chasing Ghosts THE AMITY AFFLICTION (25)
My Journey KARISE EDEN (29)
Wreck & Ruin KASEY CHAMBERS & SHANE NICHOLSON (30)
Timomatic TIMOMATIC (31)
Falling & Flying 360 (35)
The Ol' Razzle Dazzle MISSY HIGGINS (38)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
All In Good Time THE DARJEELINGS
All You Are DOMINIQUE
The Soaring General ANDREW McDONALD
Paradise ANIMAUX
Oh Japan MINIBIKES

Click here to go back to the Howzat! archive

Got something for us? Email it to rock_gods2000@yahoo.com.au  |  Site design by Catnip Design

blank
blank blank blank