Rowland S. Howard
Admittedly, the name Rowland S. Howard is relatively new to me. Those who his far-reaching influence struck (far beyond our humble shores) however, are not. He’s one of those musicians that many young guitarists today are inspired by while being completely oblivious to the fact. Howard’s considered and eloquent streams of consciousness and the honest and personal accounts from friends such as Nick Cave (The Birthday Party, Grinderman) and Mick Harvey (PJ Harvey, The Birthday Party, The Bad Seeds) and those who credit him with influence like Henry Rollins (Black Flag) and Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) give a deeply sensitive portrayal of a man for whom music was life. AUTOLUMINESCENT can be seen be on The ABC’s iView until The 8th of February. And if you really like the sound of Howard you might want to see if you can get your hands on one of the 500 posthumously released copies of his final album, Teenage Snuff Film.