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"What was that phrase," The Go-Betweens sang 25 years ago,
"grace under pressure." None of the members of Animaux was
even born back then. But they've got a great new single
called Song For Grace. "Grace doesn't refer to a person,"
singer Alex Lahey reveals, "rather it refers to the elegance
with which we wear the consequences of our actions. In the
song, grace is what is lost in one's stubbornness. The line
'Sometimes I pretend to know it all, but grace is not where
I will fall' was the inspiration for the title." Another
line is instructive: "I won't rest until I see it through."
Animaux are ambitious. 2011 was a big year for them - releasing
their debut EP through Decibels Records and playing more
than 50 gigs - but 2012 should be even bigger.
"For me, the highlight of 2011 was getting the call asking
if we would like to tour with Stonefield around Victoria,"
Alex says. "We had been following their success for a while
and just admired what they were achieving and the great
music they were producing. To have the opportunity to play
with them and talk to them about their experience of the
Australian music industry was wonderful. They're the nicest
group of girls you'll ever meet and we were so lucky to
have that time working with them."
The bold and brassy Animaux emerged from Wesley College's
impressive music program, which boasts Jack Howard from
Hunters and Collectors as one of its teachers. All the band
members were part of Peter Foley's big band, which won the
national high school championships in Mt Gambier. "The majority
of us were also members of Jack Howard's jazz ensembles,"
Alex explains. "Jack definitely taught us a lot about composition
and the songwriting process, as well as what the Australian
music industry's like. The combination of Jack's experience
and Peter Foley's genius definitely made us capable of achieving
what we have as Animaux."
The Animaux sound is fresh, filled with happy horns and
diverse influences. "Bill (keys) is a big fan of contemporary
pop along the lines of The Reign of Kindo," Alex tells us.
"Ollie (tenor sax) is going through a bit of a dubstep phase,
Adam (drums) is a die-hard fan of the Foo Fighters, Woolford
(trumpet) is a great admirer of the Eagles' vocal harmonies,
Will (bass) has a knack for finding incredible contemporary
bassists and guitarists on YouTube, while I'm listening
to John Coltrane one minute and Kanye West the next. Oh,
and Sam (guitar) loves Katy Perry."
Animaux are launching Song For Grace at the Evelyn on Monday,
6 February, followed by a Monday residency. They've also
got gigs at the St Kilda Festival, Moomba and Push Over.
With their infectious sound, they will become festival favourites,
though punters might struggle to pronounce their name. "We've
been dubbed 'ani-mox' a fair few times," Alex laughs. "At
our very first gig we had a few punters saying they were
here to see 'the band that starts with A', or even just
pointed to our name on the poster. In case you're wondering,
it's pronounced 'an-ee-mo'." Get to know it, 'cause you'll
be hearing a lot more of it.
"In the old days, the pubs would say that 200 Reptiles fans
would drink as much as 800 fans of other bands," Nick Barker
told the packed house at the Wheelers Hill Hotel for the
band's comeback gig. The Reptiles are a great bar band,
in more ways than one. Friday's set even included a blistering
version of one of the classic bar band songs - Georgia Satellites'
Keep Your Hands To Yourself. The band also resurrected their
hit cover of Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me) and revisited
their Community Cup-inspired cover of Should I Stay Or Should
I Go. It might be 21 years since their second and final
album, but these Reptiles still rock. A welcome return.
GENNY B THERE
Triple R has many great shows, but when Howzat! was forced
to pick a favourite during the recent Radiothon, we subscribed
to LiveWire. We love the Saturday night session, digging
the live tunes, the pop culture references and the banter
between hosts Pauly P and Genny B. Sadly, Gen is battling
cancer, so her buddies have organised "Gen Fest 2012 - A
Fun Raiser". It's happening at the Corner on Thursday, 16
February, with Glenn Richards, Davey Lane, Dan Luscombe
and many more.
Will So You Think You Can Dance and Australia's Got Talent
contestant Timomatic be the first Aussie act to go all the
way in 2012?
Set It Off TIMOMATIC (number two)
Don't Worry Be Happy GUY SEBASTIAN (eight)
Good Night REECE MASTIN (15)
I Love It HILLTOP HOODS & SIA (19)
Somebody That I Used To Know GOTYE (22)
Boys Like You 360 & GOSSLING (29)
Galaxy JESSICA MAUBOY & STAN WALKER (36)
360 hits the Top 10.
Reece Mastin REECE MASTIN (number eight)
Falling & Flying 360 (nine)
Making Mirrors GOTYE (14)
Moonfire BOY & BEAR (16)
Vows KIMBRA (17)
All For You COLD CHISEL (22)
Song For Grace ANIMAUX
Stone Cold Lover THE HELLO MORNING
Do Ya JIM KEAYS
Tonight EMMA RUSSACK
Can't Hold On NICK BARKER & THE REPTILES
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