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Howzat! Archive - September 4th 2013

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HOWZAT! ON TULLY
They were known as Tully and the Thief when they started out, but by the time they launched their debut single, Hard To Breathe, at The Toff in 2011, they had become Tully on Tully. It's an intriguing name. "Nat [singer Natalie Foster] loved the name Tully and tried in vain to make it catch on as her nickname," keyboards player Pete Corrigan explains. "So we made it a band name instead. It represents us as a group, so Tully on Tully is us exploring and showcasing ourselves." The new EP, Weightless, also does a great job of showcasing the band's dramatic folk rock sound - think a Melbourne version of Of Monsters and Men. Howzat! was mightily impressed when we caught Tully on Tully at this year's Push Over - they won the Triple J competition to play at the festival. A reviewer at the blog Something Gold Something New described the EP as having "the frame of mind of a unique, original, character-filled female vocal fronting music of genuine commercial, yet left-field, gothic-tinged drama". "We were incredibly flattered," Pete smiles. The EP features a duet with Hayden Calnin, Stay. "His old band played with us for a residency we did in our early days, and we stayed in contact." The disc also includes a song called The Young Ones, which had Howzat! thinking of the classic '80s English TV series. "Yeah, it was a brilliant show," Pete agrees. "Sadly, I don't think our lives quite match up to the antics in that household, but we try our best." Tully on Tully launch Weightless at The Toff on Saturday.


DANCING QUEEN
Great to see Tina Arena back home - and she's got the dance back in her life. Tina is Howzat!'s favourite to win the next series of Dancing With The Stars and she's releasing her autobiography, Now I Can Dance, in October.


HE'S BACK

Reeling from the Bomber sanctions, Howzat! was rapt to see this post from the mighty Jim Keays: "I found out today that my myeloma is now in remission. The six-year battle has been won. All your prayers and positive vibes seemed to have worked looking forward to getting back out doing gigs again." As we celebrate this news, we sadly remember Jim's great mate Darryl Cotton, who would have been 64 today (Wednesday). He is much missed.


MORE BULLISH THAN BEARISH
With Boy & Bear scoring their first number one album, 10 Aussie acts have topped the albums chart so far this year - the best result since 2004. But we are yet to have a local hit top the 2013 singles chart.


HOT LINE
"It's closing time, now there's nowhere else to go/ I lost my friends two bars ago and I've gone so hard since then" - Nick Batterham, Closing Time At Yah Yah's


CHART WATCH
Just one Aussie act in the Top 20.

Riptide VANCE JOY (number 16)
Time Of Our Lives WHAT ABOUT TONIGHT (26)
Fire Starter SAMANTHA JADE (29)
Resolution MATT CORBY (31)
Parachute TIMOMATIC (32)
To The End Of The Earth JESSICA MAUBOY (40)

Boy & Bear slip from one to five, while Wendy Matthews scores her first Top 40 album in 12 years.

Harlequin Dream BOY & BEAR (number five)
The Great Country Songbook TROY CASSAR-DALEY & ADAM HARVEY (seven)
Atlas RUFUS (10)
The Very Best Of Slim Dusty SLIM DUSTY (15)
Sharkmouth RUSSELL MORRIS (19)
The Catalyst Fire DEAD LETTER CIRCUS (20)
Circus In The Sky BLISS N ESO (22)
A Hell Of A Career! JOHN WILLIAMSON (24)
Lovegrass SARA STORER (25, debut)
More Than A Dream HARRISON CRAIG (27)
Australian Songs PERFECT TRIPOD (29, debut)
The Welcome Fire WENDY MATTHEWS (31, debut)
Flume FLUME (36)
Departures BERNARD FANNING (38)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Stay TULLY ON TULLY featuring HAYDEN CALNIN
Diamonds For Your Tea THE LITTLE STEVIES
All Mine THE DAMES
West Coast SKIPPING GIRL VINEGAR
Geronimo CLIFFORD HOAD'S KINGS OF THE SUN

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