Vocals key for lively duo
Sneaky Sound System are ready to start Surfers Paradise’s party, writes
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.