by Jack Howard

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Worlds apart The same old scene Streets are dark Thoughts are mean Live the life Steal the light Look around The time is tight Step outside reality Test your limit twice Imagination take ride Test your little life
Forging ahead To a new tomorrow The future is bright Remember the words of the crow Who do you trust When tomorrow is over The lights are all out The dawn proved false Look deep within Every man is an island The answer is there Or it's not, it's just absurd Your word is not god And god is not the word
I'm holed up in some flash hotel A long, long way from home Hermetically sealed with my bathrobe and my TV So much anticipation and then the letdown You live but you don't learn I wandered down to the concert The glitter and the lights Two types of nostalgia, three forms of regret But like a phantom limb, I see you in mind Eyes closed, your silky voice But your perfume is missing I really wish that you were here tonight Back in the hotel room Staring in the endless mirror The fracturing of the TV light, the toxic loop And the endless restlessness I really wish that you were here tonight
The lost and lonely are out tonight Faces down unearthly light Feel so close but oh so far Sacred selfie a selfie star The music plays the band is hot Dancers drawn to move and seek what they are not Hungry yearning for something else Someone somewhere to ring the bell Hitch your wagon to a star Pay the price to play your part
We walked along the river Beneath the old footbridge Through the long grass Our shoes were soaked The water almost viscous Close to ice, as black as ice Foggy breath And through the mist A white bird stands alert Attuned in time and out It's quiet And peaceful and undisturbed


In 2017, Jack Howard toured the world with Midnight Oil as their trumpeter/multi-instrumentalist. In the long hours of down time along the way, Jack wrote a series of instrumental travelogues - a kind of musical correspondence from far-flung corners of the globe. When the tour was over, Jack continued to develop the music in his home studio, The Bungalow, and Lightheavyweight is the final result.

Inspired by the trumpet/soundscapes of artists like John Hassell and Japan’s Toshinori Kondo, Lightheavyweight features Jack’s lyrical trumpet lines and arrangements layered over pulsing beats and a rich sonic palette of squelching synths, slide guitar and heavy bass. Words where it suits. Sometimes driving, sometimes haunted, enigmatic, noir-ish.

Jack has been releasing his own music independently for the last twenty years. He has mostly been a man of bands - from Hunters & Collectors and The Oils to his own outfits, The Long Lost Brothers and Epic Brass. Lightheavyweight marks the beginning of another ambitious musical chapter for a performer described as “one of the great quiet achievers of Australian music.”


released October 20, 2018


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Jack Howard Melbourne, Australia

Jack Howard plays 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 The Living End, The Violent Femmes, Rodriguez, The Break, You Am I, Little Red, Pete Murray and a host of others. In 2017, Jack toured the world with Midnight Oil as their trumpeter/multi-instrumentalist. ... more

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