HIGH NOTE

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Coun­try stars the Mc­clymont sis­ters play fash­ion mod­els for the day and share the se­cret to their suc­cess.

Sam Mc­clymont walks onto the set and her sis­ters are si­lenced. Com­pli­ments tum­ble out of Brooke and Mol­lie for their stun­ning sis­ter, who’s rocking a KITX top and skirt. “You look amaz­ing! You look like Brigitte Bar­dot, I’ve got goose­bumps. That’s smokin’. Ridicu­lous!” the pair gush over the top of each other.

The three coun­try mu­si­cians are Stel­lar’s fash­ion mod­els for the day and lov­ing it, re­laxed in front of the cam­era and girl­ishly ex­cited about their out­fits.

A month out from the re­lease of their fifth al­bum, End­less, the op­por­tu­nity to in­dulge their love of fash­ion and see them­selves through other peo­ple’s eyes is a rare treat. The typ­i­cally take-con­trol sis­ters let go for the shoot, never even think­ing to ask what they’re wear­ing – much to their own sur­prise.

“This is not about be­ing The Mcclymonts, so you put us in what you want us to wear,” Brooke says. “It’s great fun – it’s like we’re dress­ing up as char­ac­ters. Can we do this more, please?”

The ar­rival of Mol­lie and hus­band Aaron Black­burn’s son, Ned, 11 months

``early on, it was all about ca­reer… then it changed´´

ago, has ne­ces­si­tated a shift in the fam­ily/ca­reer bal­ance of the Mc­clymont camp. Mol­lie took four months ma­ter­nity leave be­fore they em­barked on their 10th an­niver­sary tour last year.

Pre-plan­ning their tour­ing and record­ing com­mit­ments around fam­ily (Brooke re­turned to the stage eight weeks af­ter the birth of her daugh­ter, Tiggy, with mu­si­cian hus­band Adam Eck­er­s­ley four years ago) re­quired the women to be hon­est about their needs. That meant they recorded most of End­less near Brooke’s home on NSW’S Cen­tral Coast, with her sis­ters trav­el­ling up from Wol­lon­gong, where Sam lives at Mol­lie’s house un­til her pi­lot hus­band, Ben Poxon, fin­ishes his post­ing in Amer­ica.

“We’ve had to get more com­fort­able with each other to ask for that time to our­selves. We weren’t, early on; it was all about the ca­reer. We had high ex­pec­ta­tions of each other,” Brooke ad­mits. “It changed when Tiggy came along; I re­alised I can’t do ev­ery­thing.”

The sis­ters have ral­lied to cover for each other when one needed time out. Their ti­ta­nium-strength sib­ling bond means they’re on the phone “10 times a day” and have reg­u­lar catch-ups to “hang out with the kids”, Sam says.

Brooke jokes they are too happy to write coun­try laments, so End­less is full of “lust love songs” as well as “beau­ti­ful love songs”, in­clud­ing a duet with Ro­nan Keat­ing and the ti­tle track, which is a ded­i­ca­tion to their hus­bands.

Per­haps the al­bum’s most telling track is its first sin­gle “House”, a re­flec­tion on their ca­reer af­ter its first decade. With 10 Golden Guitars and two ARIA Awards, The Mcclymonts are loved and re­spected in Aus­tralia and to them, that means ev­ery­thing.

There is no de­sire to chase fame and for­tune in the US as other op­por­tu­ni­ties beckon at home, with Sam prov­ing adept at tele­vi­sion as the host of last year’s Farmer Wants A Wife, and Brooke mak­ing her act­ing de­but in the re­cent film Spin Out.

“[This song] is about us cel­e­brat­ing 10 years in this in­dus­try and be­ing happy with what we’ve got. For once we’re not go­ing, ‘What’s the next goal?’” Sam says.

Brooke jumps in with the last word, as all older sis­ters do. “We are lov­ing this mo­ment we are in. We’re still tour­ing, we’re still mak­ing al­bums and we’re in con­trol of ev­ery­thing we do. The older we’ve got, it’s all about us three; we come first and ev­ery­thing has to fit around that.” End­less is out now. For tour dates, visit them­c­clymonts.net.au.

``it´s all about us three now; we come first´´

BROOKE WEARS Gin­ger & Smart coat, $799, gin­gerands­mart. com; Veronika Maine skirt, $189, veronika­maine. com.au; Senso shoes, $275, senso.com.au

SAM WEARS H&M blazer, $80, hm. com/au; KITX top, $525, and skirt, $495, kitx.com. au; Skin shoes, $220, skin-footwear.com

MOL­LIE WEARS Gin­ger & Smart dress, $669, and boots, $669, gin­gerands­mart.com; Ge­or­gia Alice corset, $599, geor­giaal­ice.com

Hair & Make-up An­drea Black, Filom­ena Na­toli, Keiren Street

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