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IF YOU LIKE BEKI COLADA …
The Mavis's were one of Howzat!'s favourite '90s bands.
We dug the male/female dynamic and the quirky electro pop
thrills. They were what ABBA would have sounded like if
they'd grown up in Ballarat. The Mavis's were fronted by
siblings Matt and Beki Thomas. Beki is now known as Beki
Colada and based in America. She's just released a solo
single, Broken Heart Attack (on iTunes), and it's a cracker.
It's both summery and sad, melancholic and magical. Beki
sings of "diving in head-first, like I always do". It's
a song about long-distance love, with a happy ending. The
song concludes, "I always will love you." And it's a true
story - Beki married the guy. "This is one of my favorite
songs that Nik [Daniel] and I have written," Beki says,
"and it still makes me cry."
"Life here [in Hollywood] is wonderful," Beki tells Howzat!
"I was living in New York for two years, which was an amazingly
creative and a crazy-fun experience, but after a while,
I was craving sunshine and palm trees and more space. And
my husband is LA-born and bred, so we have family here.
We live in an area where there are lots of musicians and
artists, so it's really cool. Best Mexican and Thai food,
too!" Is Beki's hubby also a musician? "He's my toyboy pool
cleaner," she chuckles. What does Beki miss most about Melbourne?
"My family and friends. I also miss the festiveness of St
Kilda and the city, how everyone eats and drinks outside,
European-style. There are not many places like that here."
Beki is planning to visit Melbourne early next year, to
make an EP with her brother. "We'll most likely do some
acoustic shows, too - I need to get a fix of singing those
sibling harmonies." Is Beki working towards a solo album?
"Yep, a collection of songs with various producers and writers.
It's going to be a colourful mixed bag, like me!" She's
also writing with other artists, including a couple of songs
on LA-based Aussie pop starlet CC's new album, Girl Scout,
which is being produced by No Doubt's Stephen Bradley. "It's
really cool." Finally, is there any significance to the
tattoo on Beki's arm? "I just have a thing for flamingos
and pink hair," she laughs. "They are pink and elegant.
I had the tattoo artist trace my flamingo earring for the
SOME ARIAS THOUGHTS
The event way exceeded its overseas quota. The Hobbit? An
Unexpected Journey to the ARIAs … Good line from 360: "It's
time to get some bigger microphones, because this is bullshit!"
… Missy Higgins looked like Jessica Alba; Kimbra looked
like Jacki MacDonald. The Jezabels remind of Pat Benatar
… Has anyone seen The Temper Trap's singer Dougy and Ketut
in the same room? … Peter Garrett's dance moves are a little
rusty, but it was great to see him back on stage … Kimbra's
fifth win from seven nominations - how pissed off would
Vanessa Amorosi be (12 noms, no wins) … The ARIAs need some
genuine controversy … Best International Artist: One Direction
beat Adele and Coldplay? It should be Most Popular … It
would be nice if the crowd got as excited about local acts
as they did about Taylor Swift.
DOUBLE FEATURE MATINEE
Georgia Fields and Dan Lethbridge are doing a special double-header
at the Northcote Social Club on Sunday afternoon, launching
the videos for their new singles, Snakes and Ladders and
Saturday Night Fever. Georgia, busy working on the follow-up
to her 2010 self-titled debut, tells Howzat!: "The second
album is coming along much the same way as the first - slowly!
As an independent artist, funding is always an issue. I
also want to make the right studio choice, because recording
live to tape is a huge priority, as is having all the musicians
in the same room, as is having the right piano. And then
I've got to find the time amongst everyone's touring and
recording schedules." The album should land some time in
2013. "With my first record, I found the slow pace bitterly
frustrating, but, in retrospect, the time spent was actually
imperative. So I'm hoping the same for this album." Georgia
describes her new sound as "disco pagan" - "I want the interplay
of dirt and glitter, earth and sky, chaos and casios. Bowie
has been frequenting the turntable." Speaking of Bowie,
Georgia is covering Ziggy Stardust for Pure Pop's Summer
of Classic Albums (on 10 February).
Samantha Jade spends just one week on top.
What You've Done To Me SAMANTHA JADE (number two)
Get Along GUY SEBASTIAN (five)
Surrender THE COLLECTIVE (six, debut)
Battle Scars GUY SEBASTIAN (23)
Party Bass BOMBS AWAY (34)
Rock Star REECE MASTIN (38)
Thunderstruck AC/DC (39)
Armageddon it - Guy Sebastian leaps from four to one, to
score his first number one album in nine years.
Armageddon GUY SEBASTIAN (number one)
Live At River Plate AC/DC (14)
Child Of The Universe DELTA GOODREM (15)
San Cisco SAN CISCO (17, debut)
The Rubens THE RUBENS (19)
Flume FLUME (21)
The Sapphires SOUNDTRACK (24)
The Golden Jubilee Album THE SEEKERS (31, debut)
Beautiful Nightmare REECE MASTIN (32)
Lonerism TAME IMPALA (33)
Broken Heart Attack BEKI COLADA
Know My Heart LAUREN BRUCE
Saturday Night Fever DAN LETHBRIDGE
Snakes and Ladders GEORGIA FIELDS
Blue Solitude LIVINGSTONE DAISIES
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