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Howzat! Archive - June 5th 2013

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SACRED SONGS
Give ear to my words, oh Lord, consider my meditation. Psalm 5:1

Howzat!'s favourite rock chick has a new band - Fiona Lee Maynard & Her Holy Men. I'm not sure what the Lord would think of lines such as "You can lick my nipples but you gotta ask me first", but I'm sure He would dig the rousing tunes. He would also approve of the family unit at the heart of the Holy Men. The sultry and sassy Fiona makes music with her soulful husband, James Lomas. They met 21 years ago when James borrowed a Nursery Crimes CD from Fiona's brother Glenn. "It took almost a year from our first meeting for us to get together," Fiona says. "A bowling night with a 'pants down if you bowl less than 100' rule may have helped."

Fiona's other "Holy Man" is drummer Billy Pommer Jnr, who she met way back in 1985 when her first post-high school band, Earwigs U.P, supported The Johnnys at the Mentone Hotel. They reconnected at a Goddess gig at Revolver two years ago. Soon after, Billy asked Fiona and James to join his band, The Guilty Plea, while Fiona's Holy Men arose at Ripponlea's Lyrebird Lounge. Initially, it was The Holy Men but Billy suggested changing it to Her Holy Men, "to imply ownership, as if they were my man servants or, as they call them in the burlesque world: Man props".

The band's self-titled EP was recorded by Eduardo Miller, frontman of Dr Mexico and son of local legend Billy Miller. A highlight is the chilling Beware The Bad Bad Man. "Betrayal by others is one of the most damaging and challenging experiences," Fiona explains. "We're all humans, but we don't all play by the same rules. I wrote Bad Bad Man as a cautionary tale for anyone who wants to know how to smell a rat and avoid the rat." The EP is being launched at the Flying Saucer Club on Friday, 14 June, with Jack Howard & The Long Lost Brothers and The Large Number 12s. The gig is a double celebration for Fiona - it's also her 46th birthday. She shares a birthday with another St Kilda identity, Community Cup dynamo Jason Evans. Unfortunately, a shoulder injury will prevent Fiona pulling on the boots for the Rockdogs this year, "but I certainly hope to return next year to claim the Oldest Player Award!"


THEY'RE BACK
Howzat!'s favourite band, Horsehead, rocked the Melbourne scene from 1992 to 2000. A full reunion is unlikely, but we're very excited to report that singer Andy McLean is making a new album with guitarist Scotty Kingman. Horsehead fans can help fund the record at pledgemusic.com.


ROCK HARD
Horsehead's final recording was a cover of Antisocial for a tribute album to French band Trust. Playing bass on that track was Edan Gill, who's now a member of China Vagina. Their sound is as uncompromising as their name. This is classic, take-no-prisoners Oz rock, with thundering riffs and ribald sense of humour. China Vagina launch their self-titled mini-album at Cherry on Friday.


JOY TO THE WORLD
Now, more than ever, community radio needs our love. After last month's PBS romance, it's time to show JOY some love. Its radiothon runs until Friday. More info at joy.org.au. And 3CR's radiothon, "Make Your Donation Political", also kicked off this week. Check out 3cr.org.au.


PHOENIX RISING
The year started terribly for The Evening Cast, with a devastating house fire. But the band has bounced back. After a benefit for the band at the Workers Club, they return to the venue to launch their EP, Lake (out now on Catch Release Records). Sunday's bill also includes Sydney singer-songwriter Nick van Breda, whose new single, The World And The Everyday, is mighty fine. Definitely an act to watch.


DUSTY PAGES
Slim Dusty is a legend, the only Aussie act to release more than 100 albums. Slim, who died a decade ago, would have been 86 on 13 June. Stars including Keith Urban, Kasey Chambers and Lee Kernaghan are leading the push to have Slim's birthday officially recognised as National Slim Dusty Day. You can "Sign-Up for Slim" at slimdustycentre.com.au.


CHART WATCH
Matt Corby's latest hit jumps from 34 to five.

Resolution MATT CORBY (number five)
It Had Better Be Tonight HARRISON CRAIG (12, debut)
Hello STAFFORD BROTHERS (18)
Edelweiss CELIA PAVEY (23, debut)
Freedom 90 LUKE KENNEDY (25, debut)
Killing Me Softly MISS MURPHY (30, debut)
Old Man DANNY ROSS (33, debut)

The Cat Empire spend a second week in the Top 10.

Steal The Light THE CAT EMPIRE (number nine)
Beautiful Noise LEE KERNAGHAN (17)
Sharkmouth RUSSELL MORRIS (21)
Flume FLUME (25)
Life Is A Highway JASON OWEN (33)
Gurrumul GURRUMUL (35)
Black Dog Barking AIRBOURNE (37)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Beware The Bad Bad Man FIONA LEE MAYNARD & HER HOLY MEN
The World And The Everyday NICK VAN BREDA
Heart & Soul JR REYNE
China Vagina CHINA VAGINA
Pretty Penny THE SOLICITORS

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