Australia’s Deep South birth’s a traditional old school Funk/RnB Band ‘Mama K and the Big Love’
“Hailing from Australia’s “deep-south” (Hobart, Tasmania), Mama K and The Big Love perform all original, old school funk, soul and rhythm n blues. – Think The Blues Brothers with Aretha out front”
The brainchild of Kartika Franks (Mama K) who formed the band back in 2014 with a view to creating an original group to fit in with ex-UK Guitarist and Composer Dave Johnstone’s musical ethos – “I think groove, melody and lyrics are the three key components of any song, and any one of those elements can spark a song idea. The complete lyrics always come last and take forever. I attempt to write lyrics that tell a story, or convey a message as poetically and efficiently as possible. I like the syllabic rhythm of words and their sound when they complement each other sonically… The song subjects either come from storylines or from the things I am passionate about,”
The debut record was recorded late last year at Red Planet in Hobart by producer Stewart Long (Violent Femmes, Luca Brasi) . The album was tracked through a 1975 Vintage Harrison 24/32 Recording Console and mixed to a Vintage Studer B67 Analog Tape Deck. “So much can be done with digital these days, but sometimes you just want some romance!” said Stew, “We used old gear wherever it felt good.”
First single and video “Moth to The Flame” Is a story about a stripper and her loyal flock of followers (who hang off her every move), and a priest with his loyal flock of followers (who hang off his every word).
Single ‘Moth to the Flame’ Release Date Friday February 17
Pre release trailer-
The song is brilliantly brought to visuals in the video featuring acclaimed Hobart Actor Jeff Michel who plays both roles in a masterful cross dressing, hip churning solo performance. See
The Album ‘Blind’ will be released March 10
(pre release review copies are available on request)
Thursday, March 2nd, 2017
‘Busting Out’ – International Women’s Day event for Women’s Health Tasmania
Moonah Arts Centre, 23-27 Albert Road, Moonah, TAS, 7009
7.30 – 9.00pm
Tickets $25 full / $20 concession.
Album launch party – Friday, March 17th, 2017
The Duke Hotel, 192 Macquarie Street, Hobart, TAS, 7000
“…they’re an incredible band… a really, really exciting group, huge voices” Ryk Goddard,
ABC Radio Hobart (Breakfast show 27/01/17)
“what an amazing band…. I already have people wanting your new CD” Alan Jennison,
Publisher/Editor Tasmanian Living Magazine (24/01/17)
Hussy Hicks Announce New Single “Pirate Flag” and Set Sail on An Aussie Tour!
The Gold Coast Duo have recorded one of their fans live favourites and since the lyrics reflect the current world situation they just had to get out on tour and perform the tune as well.
Release Date Friday February 24
‘Let’s set sail under a pirate flag’ is the message in this track that is a firm crowd favourite from Hussy Hicks live sets and echoes a sentiment of political skepticism that resonates the world over in these turbulent times.
This latest single along with ‘Whole Lotta’ (2016 Amrap top 5/Roots n All Triple J) are both being added as bonus tracks to a limited edition vinyl pressing of their 2016 release ‘Lucky Joe’s Wine and other tales from Dog River’ to be made available mid 2017.
After the band tracks were recorded live in beautiful Byron Bay, the tune navigated its way to London where it was mixed by long term collaborator A Friend O Mine and Mastered at Abbey Rd Studios.
Featuring the core HH team, Julz Parker and Leesa Gentz along with rhythm section Tracy Stephens and Rohan Hems the track is true to the Hussy Hicks live sound and will be music to the ears of their regular fans who have been crying out for this track to be recorded.
‘Let’s set sail under a Pirate Flag’ Tour Dates:
Vida Cain Release New Album (Yeah Nah) with a Local Launch at Badlands Bar Perth October 14
Details here: facebook.com/events/265182167173763
Preview the Album here:
We got Trav the drummer to take a few moments and chat with us-
Foghorn Media: What inspired you to become a musician? Who were your early influences?
Trav: I was personally inspired by all the bands I used to watch as an under-ager in Perth/Freo. Whether is was the local bands, like Beaverloop, NIL, Cinema Prague, or some unknown band rocking out to 20 people. I was also particularly inspired when I got to see great live bands on tour like RATM, Smashing Pumpkins, NIN, Fugazi. I still get inspired today by great new bands.
FM: Tell us a little about how you write; how do the songs come? What gets you going creatively?
Trav: We really aren’t so formulaic with how we write: sometimes it comes out of a jam, sometimes someone will bring in just a riff, and sometimes even a whole song which we will all just add an influence on. I think we all come from such different places musically, that no matter how things start it always takes a few twists and turns creatively. We really like demo’ing our ideas now too, and in the recording process I feel like the songs evolve even more, as we usually pick up a few things we want to add or take away.
FM: Your bio mentions that the band is named after a band members Grandmother? Tell us about how that came to be.
Trav: Yeah, our singer’s Grandmother’s name was actually “Vida Cain,” We trialled a few names in the early days, but nothing really did it for us. We thought “Vida Cain” had a bit of a ring to it so we went with that. Sadly, Vida is no longer with us, but I’m told she absolutely hated rock music and would probably be mortified to know that there’s a rock band named after her.
FM: What is the first record you bought and why?
Trav: The first record I actually bought for myself was RATM. I was at 78s in Perth and I remember just being blown away by how much I could feel the emotions in the music. And as a drummer back in the day it didn’t hurt that I loved the rhythm section.
FM: What current OZ acts inspire you? International acts?
Trav: I can’t help getting inspired by little bits of everything I hear. I have heard great songs by Tame Impala, Kingswood, Ball Park Music, Pendulum and Calling all Cars have certainly have inspired me. I know we play in a rock band, but internationally I would say Kendrik Lamar, Alabama Shakes, Arctic Monkeys.
FM: Tell us a little about your music and what a crowd can expect at a live show.
Trav: A lot of people describe it as riff rock. I guess it’s melodic with some pop elements, but really high energy, rock music made to be played live. We put in a lot of energy into our live shows and the crowd usually gives us that energy back.
FM: Favourite artists of all time?
Trav: Foo Fighters, RATM, Beastie Boys
FM: Favourite film?
Trav: Pulp Fiction. I like a good quirky intertwining storyline, be it in a song, movie, or a shady drunken tour incident. Pulp Fiction did that pretty well.
FM: Favourite food?
Trav: Anything you can buy at a bakery. Nothing like a bit of gluttony and gluten.
FM: You are backstage with Chad Kroeger; what do you say?
Trav: Why? Just…why?
FM: Where do you see aussie music heading?
Trav: Into the depths of hell until 4 rock super heros come to it’s rescue with nothing, but an instrument and a drink rider. Either that or it’s just scheduled for a bit of a cycle of something different. I enjoyed the first tastes of skip hop and psychedelic pop that had a long run here, but now it’s spread a bit thin and I can’t wait to see what pops up next. There is certainly plenty of talented musicians around playing so many styles- it’s just a matter of what get’s picked up. We’d love it to be our music!
FM: What are your future plans for the rest of 2016 heading into 2017?
Trav: After our release at Badlands Bar in Perth, we will be going on an East Coast tour of Australia. We have plans for a trip to USA in 2017. Other than that, we plan on just getting back to playing live a whole lot after all that time in the studio.