If you’re hankering for a dreamy helping of retro sound influenced by the musical greats of the British ‘60s scene, then Annie & Bern can deliver
Through their vintage sound and retro style, Annie & Bern set out to evoke the sweetness, wit and romance of Britain in the 1960s. The Melbourne-based duo – Ann-Maree McKee and Bernard Robertson – recently released their debut album Here Comes The Love.
Packed with upbeat, romantic and vintage-pop tunes, McKee says the 13-track record explores the complex and sometimes contradictory nature of relationships, revealing the beauty of how fragile and enduring love can be.
“The emotional current of the album is one of a willingness to sincerely open your heart – to others, to your own feelings, and to possibility,” says McKee.
Having played together for more than 12 years, Annie & Bern pride themselves on their unbeatable synchronicity.
The pair are influenced by the greats of the British ’60s scene – Lulu, Sandie Shaw, The Beatles, Gerry & The Pacemakers and The Kinks to name a few.
McKee says they are inspired to recreate these classic sounds.
“It’s sometimes dreamy, sometimes raw, but always honest and with integrity,” says McKee.
In a live setting, McKee says the duo like to “emit a rich tapestry of beautiful balladry, with mesmerising guitar as the anchor”.
“It is delivered in as stripped-back and bare a fashion as possible,” she says.
Set to showcase songs from Here Comes The Love on the Gold Coast this weekend, Annie & Bern will also put their spin on classics by Petula Clark, Shirley Bassey, Nancy Sinatra, The Troggs, The Zombies and The Turtles, Blondie, The Lightning Seeds and more. Annie & Bern play Mandala Organic Arts Cafe on Saturday night.