Directors Lynn-Maree Milburn and Richard Lowenstein have completed a new film on late guitarist Rowland S. Howard, of The Birthday Party fame. The documentary Autoluminescent: Rowland S. Howard, defines Howard broadly and in context with his more famous bandmate, Nick Cave. A review at The West Australian notes:
Howard’s squalling, discordant guitar work was the powerful accompaniment to Cave’s howling, guttural vocal style. The music they produced seemed like a soundtrack to the depths of hell; it raged against musical banality and aspired to lyrical complexity in an era dominated by simplistic new wave and new romantic pop.
This documentary traces the results of that fragility and romanticism – not only in terms of how it informed Howard’s musicianship, but how it affected his friendships, love affairs, and his struggle with heroin addiction.
Read more at TWA.