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Howzat! Archive - October 9th 2013

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ROCK LIVES!
There are not many rock stars left. A friend sent us an email last week: "I am looking at the ARIA singles chart and I can't see any rock bands is rock 'n' roll dead?" Coincidentally, her email arrived when Howzat! was listening to the new Kings of the Sun album. Rock lives! The album title says it all: Rock Til Ya Die. Clifford Hoad is a rock star. Old school. When Howzat! and RRR's Neil Rogers interviewed Cliff recently, he greeted us by singing part of a new song, Reach For The Bottle: "Night-time comes and I'm ready to rock/ Daytime comes and I'm sleepin'/ Who or what's at the end of the road/ I don't care 'cause I'm peaking!" Kings of the Sun released their self-titled debut 25 years ago this month. They should have conquered the world. Howzat! loved 'em. Earlier this year, we heard that drummer Cliff was making another Kings album - without his brother Jeff, who was the band's singer. We were dubious. But Rock Til Ya Die is the year's greatest rock 'n' roll surprise - Cliff has delivered. The Kings are dead, long live the Kings! "Journey has just begun," he sings in the opening cut, Fire On The Mountain, "fire burning in your soul." "I felt that I had to continue and I couldn't wait around for anybody," Cliff explains. "He [Jeff] has got his family now and he's putting his heart and soul into that. I'm sure he'll get back into music, but I couldn't wait - I was in a desperate state to play again. Therefore, I had to find a singer and who better than myself?" Cliff admits it was an audacious move, "and a lot of people doubted me." But the riffs are huge, the rhythm section swings, and all the songs are epic and dynamic (check 'em out at kingsofthesunband.com). "I'm just so happy that someone still loves the classic Aussie rock sound," Cliff smiles when we reveal how much we love the record. Indeed, if you dig rock 'n' roll, you'll dig this album. It's as simple as that. As Cliff declares in Rockpile: "The rock came back today."


WAGONS JUNIOR
Melbourne's music scene has a powerful new singer. Congratulations to Henry Wagons and Melvis Crawford - proud new parents of daughter Casper.


FAMILY FIRST
Paul Andrews is the singer in Howzat!'s favourite Sydney band, Lazy Susan. They're on hiatus, but Paul has a new project, Family Fold. Their first release is a delightful duet with Sarah Humphreys, New Friends, which is available as a free download at www.familyfold.bandcamp.com.


HOT LINE
"Help me be the best I can be, because I'm worried how you'll remember me" - Nick Batterham, Help Me Do Right This Time.


CHART WATCH
Jessica Mauboy's new single debuts at two.

Pop A Bottle (Fill Me Up) JESSICA MAUBOY (number two, debut)
Bridge Over Troubled Water DAMI IM (15, debut)
Riptide VANCE JOY (21)
The Horses TAYLOR HENDERSON (27, debut)
Youngblooods ILLY FEATURING AHREN STRINGER (38, debut)

The Hunters & Collectors tribute album lands at number three.

Crucible: The Songs of Hunters & Collectors VARIOUS (number three, debut)
We Are Young & Free HILLSONG YOUNG & FREE (six, debut)
Fuse KEITH URBAN (nine)
March Fires BIRDS OF TOKYO (31)
Harlequin Dream BOY & BEAR (36)
Atlas RUFUS (37)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Fire On The Mountain CLIFFORD HOAD'S KINGS OF THE SUN
Help Me Do Right This Time NICK BATTERHAM
Make A Racket MISS EILEEN & KING LEAR
Say It Isn't So RON S. PENO & THE SUPERSTITIONS
Superhuman JUAN ALBAN

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