Australia - Full Moon 163 - 12/31/09
Rowland S. Howard
Oct 24, 1959 - Dec 30, 2009
In the early 80's I lost interest in music for a period, and even sold my record player.
Then I discovered The Birthday Party, and it was like hearing punk music for the first time.
I was revitalized by this motley crew who deconstructed rock music and
pasted it together like nobody had done before. Rowland S. Howard's guitar was a major
part of their sound, inspiring many with his uncompromising attitude and emotional but glass-cutting dissonant guitar playing.
Since then it has been a pleasure to follow his output through the years, in bands
like Crime and the City Solution and These Immortal Souls, and through various collaborations with
artists like Lydia Lunch and Nikki Sudden. His new solo album Pop Crimes was released
just weeks ago, another fine album and a solid final statement from a man who no longer
could fight his liver cancer. Hail the six strings that drew blood - flame on!
Copyright © 2009 Knut Tore Breivik