Hicks launch new album
Those queens of song, The Hussy Hicks, will launch their new album, A Million Different Truths, at the Byron Community Centre next Wednesday, March 31, from 7.30pm.
This is the girls’ first North Coast gig they’ve played with a full band in over a year and the evening will feature a host of special guests.
The new CD is a collection of songs penned on their many adventures around the globe (they’re always touring) and while containing smatterings of a rhythm section and several forays back into electric guitar territory for the Phil Emmanuel-mentored Hussy, Julz Parker, it still maintains the girls’ signature acoustic folk/roots sound. And the spine-tingling, passionate vocals of the other Hussy, Leesa Gentz.
The pair has been busy travelling Europe intensively while writing the new album. How do they combine writing and touring?
“We spent a lot of time touring overseas last year and one of our favourite things to do in Europe is take our guitars and juggling balls to the park and spend the day in the sunshine with friends,” Leesa said. “A bunch of the new songs came from those park days, and I always get my song ideas when I’m driving, so long stints between gigs is usually good to get the creative juices flowing.”
So, what’s in store at the launch?
“We’re going to play the whole album from start to finish and then jam out some of our old favourites. The wonderful Harii Bandhu is doing an opening set which is always a treat and we’ll have some secret cameos to look forward to as well.”
And after the launch?
“After the launch we’re heading over to WA for the Fairbridge Music Festival and then we’re off to Rio de Janeiro for a few weeks before we go to the USA to play over there. We’ll be back home for the Snowy Mountains Music Festival in June and another east coast tour after that.”
Busy girls those Hicks.
Tickets are $10 from the Centre (6685 6807).