Posts Tagged ‘rowland s howard

31
Dec
09

o n e ( n o w ) i n s h a d o w

“i ate the knife,
 and the knife won.
 it’s all over.”

2009 ends badly.

i reckon pretty much everyone since the 80s that has picked up a guitar with an eye to making their audience wince and draw back, everyone who has used the instrument as a vehicle of noise, feedback and thoroughly disturbed bluesy melody, everyone that has sung whether they could actually make a pleasantly acceptable sound or not, everyone with an interest in the musically sharp, angular and oppressive owes this man a significant dept. all you latterday nick cave fans take note: cave wouldn’t have been the man he is today without howard, any more than howard would have gone on to be the musician he was without his former bandmate. wikipedia: howard’s birthday party bandmates reflected upon his death; nick cave told wenn, “this is very sad news. rowland was australia’s most unique, gifted and uncompromising guitarist. he was also a good friend. he will be missed by many.” mick harvey remarked, “sometimes people are ready to go because they have been sick for a long time, but rowland really wanted to live. things were going well for him outside of his health and he wanted to take advantage of that, and he was very disappointed that he wasn’t well enough to do so.” i was fortunate to be at a bad seeds gig some years ago when howard came on and they did three birthday party songs. it was incredible. howard’s solo output, though sparse, was equally impressive. both these immortal souls albums should be bought if you don’t already own them, as should his collaborations with lydia lunch and his later, truly solo album ‘teenage snuff film’. his latest, ‘pop crimes’, which has so far been released only in australia (and on itunes) is reportedly another career highlight and, so it turns out, his swan song. exit everything indeed.

 

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