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Give ear to my words, oh Lord, consider my meditation. Psalm
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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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