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Over 2012/13, Jack Howard slowly but surely re-fashioned his old Long Lost Brothers band into a powerhouse of sultry grooves, soaring melodies, electrifying horns and richly inventive guitars.

With Mark Ferrie from The Models on bass, the brilliant Ed Bates on pedal steel, riffmeister Nicky Del Rey on guitar plus the rocksteady Cal McAlpine on drums, Jack hit the studio in August 2013 to make his latest CD, Day Of The Dog.

Recorded at Hothouse Studios in St. Kilda with Craig Harnath and Jez Giddings, the band belted out the twelve songs on the record in one inspired Saturday. The Token Youths horns made their awesome presence felt the day after, and then Jack let ring with the finest vocals of his rich and varied career.

Jack has been described as “one of the great quiet achievers of Australian music”. As well as being an integral member of Hunters and Collectors, he’s performed or recorded with Midnight Oil, The Living End, Rodriguez, The Violent Femmes, The Break and a host of others. Most weekends, you’ll find him out and about in Melbourne playing somewhere somehow.

Day Of The Dog puts the focus firmly on Jack's unique position as singer/trumpeter/songwriter of soulful and heartfelt music. Songs such as Royal Reserve, The Lark Ascends and Sweet Hand Of Mercy roll on with lush band grooves, gorgeous orchestration and rich lyric imagery.
Day Of The Dog is sometimes reminiscent of his old band, H & C, but at its best, it beats a new drum that follows Jack Howard & The Long Lost Brothers' fine combination of power, melody and heart.

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released April 18, 2014

Jack Howard - vocals, trumpet, flugel horn
Nicky Del Rey - guitars, backing vocals
Mark Ferrie - bass
Ed Bates - pedal steel
Cal McAlpine - drums
plus The Token Youths horns -
Tristan Johnstone - trombone
Rob Wardrop - alto sax
and Will Morissey - tenor sax

Recorded and mixed by Jez Giddings at Hothouse, St. Kilda, August 2013.
Co-produced by Jack and Craig Harnath
Mastered by Jack The Bear at Deluxe Mastering
Artwork and design by Mark Ferrie. Front cover photo - Flynn Howard

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Jack Howard Melbourne, Australia

Jack Howard played trumpet with Hunters and Collectors and for the last fifteen years, he's been releasing his own highly- regarded CDs. Along the way, he's also played with Midnight Oil, The Living End, The Violent Femmes, Rodriguez, The Break, You Am I, Little Red, Pete Murray and a host of others. He also teaches music and throws the shot put. ... more

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Track Name: TRY AGAIN
A simple plan is always best
Set yourself a goal that you can manage
Take your time and look around
Check your horoscope and then consider

Trust is for fools
Kindness for the weak
Love is blind,
it's just a habit you can't break
So you try and try again
You don't know when to say when
and you give it your best shot

You feel like Charlie Brown
As he lines up for the big kick-off
As you sail into the air
The crowd applauds - they love a ritual.

Trust is for fools
Kindness for the weak
Love is blind,
it's just a habit you can't break
So you try and try again
You don't know when to say when
and you give it your best shot
Go, you good thing, go
Track Name: ROYAL RESERVE
I'm feelin' kind of vague, I'm not the man I was
Never was a sage, I was the man I'm not
Don't ask me for advice, ask me for the score
So insensitive, less is always more

So seize the day, you reckless fool
Royal reserve won't get you anywhere

Let's go down to the beach, make love beneath the stars
Howl up to the moon, release the beast within
Drink until it's dawn, don't fight it anymore
Je ne regrette rien, a life without remorse

But can't you see, Je regrette tout
Joie de vivre, it's not the life for me
So seize the day, be a reckless fool
Royal reserve won't get you laid tonight

Holed up on the couch, the cat your only friend
The rat is on the wheel, the wheel it never ends
A knock upon the door, pretend you're not at home
The echoes down the hall, it's cool to be alone
Track Name: THE LARK ASCENDS
The lark ascends, some distant land
Quiet green, the sleight of hand
Bombs descend, mysterious island
Giant beasts race through the sand

Hardy souls, stiff upper lips
Lovely girls, sweet fingertips
Driving down to the river's edge
My heart of glass, no bets to hedge

If you see her passing by
Cross your heart and hope to die

Across the fields and faraway
Lightning strikes, here comes the rain
Go down to the river's edge
Giant steps don't leave a trace

If you see her passing by
Cross your heart and hope to die

Finally calm, no pain today
Free from harm, no words to say
Three words unspoke, my gaze averts
Dream my dreams, my aim perverts
Track Name: THE DOG SONG
The dog sat staring at a point beyond the wall
And she'd been like that all day
Like a compass stuck on southwest, her attention was magnetised
Like a scene from Poltergeist

I started to listen to the noises of the night
And I kept my baseball bat close at hand
Suddenly, the sprinklers sprayed into action
At the same time, the security lights burst on

Still the dog didn't waver, there was a language to these signs
That I was yet to decipher
Think man think - recall that final conversation
Oh, just think man think - recall that final conversation

Just as I was about to drift off
Nerves on edge, a shadow crept by
A knock on my window, a rattle of keys
A hiss and a curse, it's me, it's me
Track Name: WILL I FALL?
I found myself driving through town on a Saturday night
There were bells and chimes at midnight
Tolling for a new beginning
Oh, my hands felt strong and my brain was ablaze
With plans and schemes, oh a river of dream
I studied all the faces of the lonely and the lost
And the streets full of bounty for the one who kept his feet

But will I fall?

I picked myself up and brushed myself off
Checked my hair in the rearview mirror
I wasted no time, I had the world in my hand
I was spinning like a ball on a roulette wheel
I breathed in the smoke, I breathed in the fire
I breathed in the perfume of fabulous girls
I took a stab in the dark and I threw myself in
It's not so hard when there's nothing but fear

But will I fear?

Now I will get while the going is good
While still something left that is ticking
I tipped my hat to the ones who made it through
And the girl down the road that inhabits my soul
I said the ghost down the road that inhabits my soul
Track Name: LET'S FALL IN LOVE
He wears a heady perfume
As he surveys the scene
Down at Jo-Jo’s on a Friday night
At happy hour

Sun-lounge blondes and I.T. entrepreneurs
Comparing accessories
Day-glo slacks and retro style
They all seem so immune

But all that glitters is not gold
And all these creatures seem so bold
Beneath the shadows, the neon lights
They fall so fast

Fast buck, slow suck, sitting up a corner
Try your luck, it could happen to you
You walk the walk, now talk the talk
Let’s do a line, let’s make a deal

Let’s fall in love

So seize the day and make the play
It’s a toll-free zone
Nobody’s watching you can do what you please
And what pleases you is a modern life

No rules, no fear, get loud, get down
If it feels good it must be right
But burst my bubble
Isn’t there something missing?

Let’s fall in love
Track Name: SWEET HAND OF MERCY
Deep in the night, I can hear you breathing
Long slow pulls, the sleeper sleeping
The moon shines down on your gleaming skin
Love to love you baby, won’t you let love in?

It's just the sweet hand of mercy

Got one eye open and a lonely whistle
The other eye's closed but my fingers listen
Hit a nerve, gonna do some drillin'
Close your eyes now, this won't hurt a bit

It's just the sweet hand of mercy

Took a drink - man, he's eatin' the worm
Rage is still playing - don't know which way to turn
Spirit is weak and the flesh is willing
Mind's playing tricks, the effect is thrilling

Study the meaning, every last detail
A sensory trap, got the dog by the tail
The closer we get, the harder we fall
Don't care anymore, think I heard the call

It's just the sweet hand of mercy
Track Name: SHUT IT DOWN
Another little mystery to solve
That raised eyebrow, the hint of smirk
What did you just say?
Just mutter under you breath
So I fix another coffee and stew in the kitchen
A blinding headache taking hold

Shut it down, block it out
Store it up, fill the hole
Suck it up, spit it out
Spread the word, cleanse your soul

And you sit there benign
Your little arrows found their mark
Butter wouldn't melt in your mouth
So the dinner's made with bitterness and bile
Just dead meat on the table

Shut it down, block it out
Store it up, fill the hole
Suck it up, spit it out
Spread the word, cleanse your soul

I slam the door on my way out
To your silent smile
The cold frost fills my lungs
Fills my throat which is burning, by the way

I walk and I walk
Through the dark
A pulse pounding in my temple
I'm not a violent man but...

Shut it down, etc.
Track Name: IN THEIR MINDS
He peered through his fingers
At a dim world far below
A cheroot room on the coffee table
Stained the air with it’s memories

The girl lay on the bed
Like an afterthought
But deep inside her eyes
The coin was spinning lazily

In their minds

She relaxed as he ran his hand along her leg
A fleeting connection
They were lost in their own thoughts
Simple yet sacred
They offered no explanation
There were mundane yet miraculous

In their minds

The room service arrived
They watched a game show and a re-run of Friends
He ran his hand along her leg
The air con sent a shiver through the room

They dressed for cocktails
Sharing the bathroom
The TV flared and died
and static filled the empty room

In their minds
Track Name: FARAWAY
Smoke and tequila swirl in her mouth
As she drifts her way down my neck

And her fingers, they play me
Like piano wires

Sometimes she seems so far away
But tonight, she’s so intense

It’s a fickle hour
And there’s more going on than meets the eye

So I embark on a kind of silent pleading
Cos I can't read the look in her eye

And it seems to work
Maybe she finds it amusing

And the sun, it starts to rise
And one long kiss just doesn’t seem enough

Sometimes she seems so far away
But tonight, she’s so intense
Track Name: MIDNIGHT
Midnight, I keep hearing this sound
Midnight, wind's about, maybe rain
Like a woman's voice moaning - the couple upstairs?
Or a woman's voice crying - ghost woman out there in the dark

I don't look, I just listen, still wondering

Maybe it's the camellias rasping at my window
Ruined flowers now in winter; or an animal in distress
I try to read my book
But the sound keeps drawing me back

I don't look, I just listen, still wandering
Track Name: IS IT REAL?
Laying awake again so nothing much has changed
Sweat, cool breeze and the restlessness
Sifting the day's events, your sweet skin my harbour
It's not so bad down here when you're in your lover's arms

Is it real or fool's gold?
Is it something you can hold?
I was lost but now I'm found
In your arms, I'm homeward bound

Emotional mystery, I'm trying to keep track
The ups and downs and the twists and turns

Is it real or fool's gold?
Is it something you can hold?
I was lost but now I'm found
In your arms, I'm homeward bound

Sifting the day's events, your sweet skin my harbour
Calamity strikes again and the poison throbs
It's not so hard down here at the far end of the earth
It's not so bad down here when you're in your lover's arms

Is it real or fool's gold?
Is it something you can hold?
I was lost but now I'm found
In your arms, I'm homeward bound