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Howzat! Archive - September 6th 2017

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RIFF IT UP
Riff Raiders is a great name for a band that plunders from the past. And that's not a criticism. Riff Raiders are a glorious celebration of the classics - think Zeppelin, Cheap Trick, Thin Lizzy and AC/DC. After being in a number of original bands, singer Jenni James and guitarist Marty Powell started Riff Raiders as a fun party band, covering their favourite rock tunes, but it's now evolved into a mighty original outfit, with an album coming later this year. First single, Live Like You Mean It!, is a love letter to rock 'n' roll and a slap down to the doomsayers who reckon rock is dead. "If rock 'n' roll is dead," Jenni asks, "then why's this song stuck in your head?" Excellent point, Riff Raiders. Rock lives! They're launching the single with a special Sunday afternoon show at the Workers Club on 17 Sep.


LIKE A HURRICANE
You make a solo record. What name do you put on the cover? For many years, Dan Flynn released records as Major Chord. But he's now decided to put just his name on the cover (more on his superb new album, Ghost Melodies, in Howzat! soon). We've long been bugging Luke Thomas to put his name on his records. But despite being in some high-profile bands, including The Pictures and Lavish, Luke is a modest rock star, and his new album, Kick The Moon, has been released under the name Central Rain, even though it's as close to a solo record as you'll get, with Luke having played everything, apart from the drums. Recorded direct to 2-inch tape in just two days, the album has a great vibe. The first single, Hurricane Stan, is one of Howzat!'s 2017 faves. Paul Westerberg would be proud of this song. All the right bits are there - it's rough and raw and rowdy, with a hook that has you humming all day. Call it a band name, call it a solo record, call it whatever you want Luke Thomas has delivered a gem. He's launching the album on Saturday at Bella Union with John Dowler's Vanity Project, Golden Rail and Little Murders.


HIP HIP
Happy Birthday to one of the great Australian guitarists, Bob Spencer (Skyhooks, The Angels), who turned 60 on 5 Sep.


HOT LINE
"All I need to know is in a rock 'n' roll show" - Riff Raiders, Live Like You Mean It!


CHART WATCH
No homegrown hits in the national Top 20.

Fallin' JESSICA MAUBOY (number 22)
Fake Magic PEKING DUK & ALUNAGEORGE (35)
Lay It On Me VANCE JOY (40)

Paul Kelly spends a third week in the Top 5. It's one of only five Aussie albums in the Top 40.

Life Is Fine PAUL KELLY (number two)
Weight Falls KIM CHURCHILL (six, debut)
Go Farther In Lightness GANG OF YOUTHS (seven)
Reservoir GORDI (20, debut)
Killer DAN SULTAN (38)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Live Like You Mean It! RIFF RAIDERS
Yanada THE PREATURES
Night Wheels RAISED BY EAGLES
Green God SAND PEBBLES
Hurricane Stan CENTRAL RAIN

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