Jack Howard (Hunters & Collectors) will be launching his new cd "The Day Of The Dog" with his band "The Long Lost Brothers", with special guests: CHARLES JENKINS & MATTY VEHL
Jack Howard is a true musician.
While many of his contemporaries worry about record deals, budgets and the size of the gig, Jack simply focuses on one thing – making music. We all know that his trumpet has featured in some of the greatest Australian rock songs of all time, but Jack is also an underrated soulful singer, with a distinctly Australian voice. He knows how to tell a story. Just check out the menacing “The Dog Song”, where Jack sings about “the noises of the night”, or “Let’s Fall In Love”, a search for meaning in a morally bankrupt world.
Jack is an imposing figure, a giant on stage and off. But he’s a sensitive, subtle player. As he sings in “Royal Reserve”, “Less is always more.” Not many musical lives have a second act. How do you follow Hunters & Collectors, one of the greatest Australian bands of all time? Jack never looked back. Day Of The Dog is his sixth solo album (there’s also been an EP and two compilations). As he confides in the Day Of The Dog liner notes, he’s always willing to take a “leap of faith into the unknown”.
“It’s cool to be alone,” he declares. Not that Jack is truly alone, of course. He made Day Of The Dog with his band, The Long Lost Brothers, an all-star cast featuring guitarist Nicky Del Rey (Intoxica), bass player Mark Ferrie (Models), pedal steel player Ed Bates (The Sports) and drummer Cal McAlpine (The Large Number 12s).
Jack is also a member of The Break – Australia’s premier surf/space rock outfit – alongside Rob Hirst, Jim Moginie, Martin Rotsey and Brian Ritchie.
Jack has popped up at countless gigs over the years, sometimes with famous acts (he’s played with Rodriguez, Midnight Oil, The Living End, Models, X and Harem Scarem), often with bands you’ve never heard of. His approach seems to be: Have trumpet, will travel. Sure, he’s not perfect – he’s a Carlton supporter – but Jack is one of the great quiet achievers of Australian music. Did you know he’s released as many solo studio albums as Hunnas singer Mark Seymour?
For Jack, it’s always been about the music. He’s never been distracted by the trappings of fame. “Is it real,” he wonders on Day Of The Dog, “or fool’s gold?” Whatever happens, you know that Jack will continue making music. As he sings at the start of Day Of The Dog, “A simple plan is always best.” And whether it’s on stage playing for thousands of people, or at a small club, Jack Howard always delivers.
He just loves to play. Jeff Jenkins, 2014
Pat Monaghan from Basement Discs says :
“Shortly after Bruce Springsteen had concluded his recent lap of Australia, an American tourist strode purposefully to The Basement Discs’ counter: “I need some Jack Howard”. As I reached behind me for the conveniently displayed “The Story So Far . . . “, the American connoisseur added, “I’ll take three. Hunters & Collectors are alright, but, you know, that Jack’s a star!” Now, as good as “The Story So Far . . . ” is (if you don’t own it – you should), I’m gonna have to contact my American friend cos Jack’s new album, “Day Of The Dog”, is gonna blow his mind. The band (The Long Lost Brothers) are as tight as time, the writing doesn’t mince or waste words, the bottom end is the business and the whole thing swings like a beast!”
Rob Hirst (Midnight Oil, The Break, and a long term collaborator with Jack) says :
“On ‘Day of the Dog’, Jack Howard delivers twelve sweet’n’soulful slices of romance. Boasting a gun band (Mark Ferrie, Ed Bates, Nicky Del Rey and Cal McAlpine) and featuring a career-best vocal performance, Jack’s album veers from dark 60s-sounding pop to brassy show tunes to deep-rock.’The Lark Ascends’ is the standout track, a production-piece of grand melancholia. Superb.”