Leesa Gentz and Julz Parker are the Hussy Hicks. They’re GC ladies with a passion for the environment, social justice and making sweet, sweet music and they’ve made serious inroads in the short 8 years since they formed.
They’ve toured the globe and played scores of festivals, have three studio albums under their belt, and in 2013 took out the prestigious North Coast (NSW) Dolphin Awards for best album. That award recognised their 2013 album London Sessions, released to acclaim from a range of reviewers.
Despite that acclaim and the jetsetting tour schedule it’s obvious the girls are proud of their GC heritage. Leesa raves about the music scene here. “I think it’s amazing. There seems to be a real push towards the original side of things. People are really creative, doing interesting things. It’s really exciting.”
“The fact is,” she continues, “all our friends in Melbourne bands work really hard in day jobs so they can go touring. We go touring so that we can come back and live on the Gold Coast.”
That feeling is no surprise given their long association with the Gold Coast. Leesa grew up in Lennox and Julz in Tallebudgera, playing at her beloved Playroom to more than 1100 screaming 14 year olds as part of the venue’s popular under-age rage events way back when.
If you’ve been to one of their shows you’ll know that Julz is a whiz on guitar – she was gifted a custom-made Maton from the Custom Shop while on tour in Europe. She’s considered one of Australia’s finest guitarists and has traded licks with an impressive list of virtuosos.
It’s obvious when you meet Julz and Leesa that their family roots run strong. Julz is one of six siblings and grew up in a house full of music and Leesa and her sister have played music all of their lives.