Thursday, July 04, 2013
Autoluminescent: Rowland S. Howard (2011)
Roland S. Howard was the guitarist and songwriter with the Australia post-Punk Brechtian apocalyptic The Birthday Party in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He went on to lead a number of musical projects, always with such art and intensity that the majority of people were just to frightened to deal with it, and he never really gained large-scale appreciation in his lifetime. He died of liver failure in 2009.
AUTOLUMINESCENT details personal moments with the man, his many musician mates and his long-lasting musical legacy - from the genre bending post-punk creations of seminal 80's group The Birthday Party to the breathtaking edge of the audio abyss in These Immortal Souls, Rowland S. Howard remained an artist foremost and a mysterious enigma to the end. From the creators of cult punk classic Dogs In Space and underground music tribute We're Livin' on Dog Food, AUTOLUMINESCENT is a detailed charcoal sketch of the man in captivating chiaroscuro, his art and the many ghosts that influenced his world - featuring rare archival footage and exclusive interviews with the likes of Nick Cave, Mick Harvey, Phil Calvert, Lydia Lunch, Henry Rollins, Thurston Moore, Ollie Olsen and Bobby Gillespie.