Critically-acclaimed Gold Coast act Hussy Hicks returned from one of their endless international tours earlier this year and hit the ground running. Hard. Weeks of studio sequestering have seen the foursome write, record, produce and release soul-drenched single ‘Get Ready’, with an additional eight tracks of a ten track album laid down, too. And somehow, they’ve also managed to find time to wow crowds at this year’s Bluesfest.
Recently celebrating a swag of industry accolades including four Gold Coast Music Award nominations, this single marks the first release since Hussy Hicks’ Album of the Year winning effort ‘On The Boundaries’ and is an exciting one for the band.
“This is the first song in 12 years completely recorded, engineered and produced by the band,” says lead singer, Leesa Gentz, who was first signed to Warner/Chappell Music at just 16 years old.
“Lyrically the song is pretty much trying to be uplifting and positive about all of the recent divide between the right and the left. I kind of wanted to say can we just be kind to each other, and try and move away from the things that divide us towards the things that bring us together.”
‘Get Ready’ features Leesa, relatively new drummer Ali Foster and long-time bass player Tracy Stephens, as well as – of course – founding Hussy and guitarist Julz Parker, who was recently voted fifth in a recent ‘Bluesfest Guitar Hero’ fan poll, making her not only the highest ranking female but also the highest ranking Aussie guitarist.
“It’s basically about letting go of all the negative stuff and not being afraid to move towards a future without sexism, racism, homophobia and xenophobia,” explains Julz. “This song is about taking an actively positive approach to inspire equality and getting rid of old ideas that don’t serve us anymore.”
As for the full album, excited fans may have to wait just a little longer, Julz tells us.
“We wanted to take our time, keep it fun, and see what we’d come up with if we didn’t push ourselves. We may sneakily release a live album bootleg for the two blues festivals that we’re playing, but for the studio album we’re looking at the end of the year or early next year. We’re just trying to enjoy the process, just having the core four of us in the studio.”
Prolific and well accomplished musicians, Hussy Hicks have honed their sonic dexterity over the past 12 years with six studio albums, multiple industry awards and more than 1,000 live shows, from Australia’s biggest blues, roots and folk festivals to 15 plus international tours, which now sell out across Europe.
Hussy Hicks play will Blues on Broadbeach 16-19 May, followed by a whistle-stop US tour, then back home for dates across Queensland and New South Wales before heading out on their World Spring Tour, July to September, so keep an eye on their socials for your chance to catch them live before they’re off again.