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.

And:

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.

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