One Tanks show only for Sarah McLeod

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AUS­TRALIAN rocker turned love song crooner Sarah McLeod will be play­ing one show only in Cairns in Novem­ber.

The for­mer Su­per­je­sus front woman has re­turned to where it all be­gan in the style of mu­sic she will be play­ing, trad­ing grunge for a softer, more gen­tle of­fer­ing.

Sarah McLeod’s new EP, 96% Love Song Book Part 1, will be re­leased on Oc­to­ber 28 ahead of her na­tional tour that will see her at the Tanks Art Cen­tre on Fri­day Novem­ber 22.

McLeod’s sen­ti­ment be­hind the re­lease is none other than it is sim­ply the sound of an era that is dear to her, a ‘‘tip of the hat’’ to the 50s and 60s favourites that she grew up with.

‘‘This style of mu­sic has al­ways been my foun­da­tion, how­ever in the 90s I pushed it very firmly aside in or­der to fo­cus on my ‘ grunge’ phase,’’ she said.

‘‘I never con­fessed to any­one that my tastes were liv­ing in the past, but now I feel I have come full cir­cle and it’s OK for me to just write what comes nat­u­rally.

‘‘This record is for all of us to en­joy, not just play on your stereo. Whether this di­rec­tion is rel­e­vant is not some­thing I am con­cern­ing my­self with, I love it and it makes me happy.

‘‘ I have en­joyed this writ­ing/ record­ing process more than any mu­si­cal ex­pe­ri­ence to date.

‘‘ When I was a kid and my par­ents split, my dad built a yacht and sailed it to Hamil­ton Is­land and even fur­ther north.

‘‘ He stayed around there for about 10 years then con­tin­ued up to Cooktown.

‘‘My sis­ter and I spent all our Christ­mas hol­i­days with dad sail­ing around the Whit­sun­days and be­yond.

‘‘I truly love that part of the world, and I know where the good man­groves are to tie us down should a cy­clone oc­cur!’’

McLeod has three ARIA awards and over 300,000 record sales to her name from her time with The Su­per­je­sus.

The band are most well known for their sin­gles ‘‘ Shut My Eyes’’, ‘‘Se­cret Agent Man’’, ‘‘Down Again’’ and ‘‘Grav­ity’’.

Tick­ets for the show are avail­able for $25 for an adult or $20 for con­ces­sion card hold­ers. Visit www.ticketlink.com.au or phone 1300 855 835.

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