Vo­cals key for lively duo

Sneaky Sound Sys­tem are ready to start Surfers Par­adise’s party, writes

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HE Gold Coast bet­ter start learn­ing the lyrics to Sneaky Sound Sys­tem’s new tracks – singing along to their tunes is a sure­fire way to earn a spot close to An­gus Mcdon­ald’s heart.

The dance-duo, made up of mu­sic man Mcdon­ald and ‘‘the star’’, Con­nie Mitchell, will to­day be named as head­lin­ers for this year’s Surfers Par­adise Fes­ti­val – a month­long cel­e­bra­tion that brings the lo­cal com­mu­nity to­gether through art, cul­ture, mu­sic and food – along­side Aussie rock greats Hoodoo Gu­rus.

‘‘The thought of play­ing next to the Gu­rus brings a smile to my face,’’ says Mcdon­ald.

‘‘It’s pretty cool. I used to love them 20 years ago.’’

Mcdon­ald says Sneaky Sound Sys­tem will have a whole new live show they plan to bring to the Coast.

‘‘It’s pretty ac­tion-packed. We’ll tweak it ac­cord­ingly,’’ he says.

‘‘We have three records, so there’s a lot of ma­te­rial to choose from.

‘‘There will be a good dose of new mu­sic. If you learn the words it will make us very happy.’’

Wolf & Cub, Nine Sons of Dan, Ocean­ics and Bleed­ing Knees Club will also join the party along­side a va­ri­ety of per­form­ers, artists and mu­si­cians.

Staged from June 20 to July 15, the free, fam­ily friendly fes­ti­val is set to at­tract 120,000 peo­ple.

Sneaky Sound Sys­tem first snuck on to the club­bing scene in 2001 and have since gained in­ter­na­tional ac­claim from sup­port­ing Kanye West and tour­ing along­side Rob­bie Wil­liams, Jamiro­quai, Scis­sor Sis­ters, Sam Sparro and Lady Gaga.

Their de­but self-ti­tled al­bum was re­leased in 2006 and went dou­ble plat­inum. Their sec­ond record, 2, de­buted at No. 1 on the ARIA al­bums chart.

The pair’s most re­cent al­bum, From Here To Any­where, was pieced to­gether while tour­ing in­ter­na­tion­ally last year. ‘‘Writ­ing it on the road gave it an in­ter­na­tional feel – places like Ibiza, Paris, London and Rus­sia – you are heav­ily in­flu­enced by what you are hear­ing,’’ Mcdon­ald says. ‘‘The songs are post­cards from around the world.’’ He says the ti­tle of the record fits the theme. ‘‘We saw it as the start of some­thing else. We wanted to start break­ing out into other things. We have a great fan base, and want to keep things fresh. We are still re­ally in­spired.’’

Fea­tur­ing stripped-back house and disco tunes with play­ful synth hooks, the some­what back-to-ba­sics al­bum al­lows Mitchell’s pow­er­ful vo­cals to shine.

‘‘Con­nie’s voice is the cen­tre­piece. She is the singer and star,’’ Mcdon­ald says.

‘‘I am the mu­sic and back­ground. I don’t want to com­pete with a star of her cal­i­bre.’’

Sneaky Sound Sys­tem play the Surfers Par­adise Fes­ti­val on June 22. Visit surferspar­adise.com for the full pro­gram.

An­gus Mcdon­ald and Con­nie Mitchell gained ac­claim from sup­port­ing Kanye West and tour­ing along­side other big stars.

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