Hussy Hicks

Hussy Hicks

 Gold Coast, Queensland, AUS
BandFolkAcoustic

Their performances have been heralded as “Exhuberant energetic and electrifying” with Julz Parker being called “Australia’s best female player” by guitar great Phil Emmanuel and Leesa Gentz’ extraordinary vocal ability leading to comparisons such as “Robert Plant in female trousers”

Biography

In a world where everything is reliant on a slick sales pitch or novelty marketing ploy Hussy Hicks are a genuine breath of fresh air. This is a band that exists solely for their love of music, and not only do they love it, but they’re pretty damn good at too.
In a few short years Julz Parker and Leesa Gentz have racked up a remarkable list of festivals, venues and dedicated fans from around the globe, and they’ve done it all with a couple of instruments and a passionate desire to share their songs with the world.
Their performances have been described as spontaneous, explosive and emotive; Julz is regarded as one of Australia’s finest guitarists and has traded finger-style, flamenco, gypsy and Arabic licks with everyone from street performers to Phil and Tommy Emmanuel, John Jorgenson and Joe Robinson. Leesa is most recognised for her soaring vocals and joyful, endearing stage presence and she has been steadily earning respect as one of our most accomplished vocalists.
Conforming to a musical genre has been difficult for the girls, however they have been welcomed into the Roots circuits, as well as Folk, Blues and Country, but with a broad range of influences their music generally appeals to a wide spectrum of music lovers.

QUOTES:
“Hussy Hicks has a sound all of its own. The songs on this album are at the same time simple yet endlessly interesting and optimistic yet heartbreakingly honest and raw. It is an album written and sung from the heart, and the music has a real capacity to connect with something universal in each of us.” – Susan Jarvis, Capital News

“…what real world music is all about: sweat, beat, tapping feet, feel, passion… the joy of good music in a live concert.” – Manne.com, Italy

"Julz must be the country's top female player." - Phil Emmanuel (in Australian Guitar Magazine)

“[Leesa] spectacular, like Robert Plant in female trousers!” - Pierpaolo Adda, Guitar Ranch Italy

Lyrics

Happy

Written By: Leesa Gentz

Life and all its afflictions
Makes me wonder what I could be missing
If I changed direction I could be still on the sea

Life and all its confusion
Makes me wonder what I could be doing
If I only knew then, I would play just like today

Open your eyes you might see the light
Inhibition let your true self shine
La da da da da, La da da da

Fear it’s something peculiar
Makes you think you’re not when really you are
But you can take back the power and just say I’m not afraid

Open your eyes you might see the light
Inhibition let your true self shine
La da da da da, La da da da

You can keep your dream if you just believe
And just open - no don’t close them, open - don’t you close them

Open your eyes you might see the light
Inhibition let your true self shine
La da da da da, La da da da

Waterfall

Written By: Leesa Gentz

Waterfall cool and clear
Help me to release my fear
Wash me down, make me clean
Free me from the pain I'm in

I'll bathe in your water
You'll wash all the trouble from my skin
I'll breathe in your sweetness
And then you'll open my heart once again

Waterfall so serene
Tell me what is happening
You are strong, I am weak
I will give you everything

Ooooohhhhhh.....
And then you'll open my heart once again

Waterfall cool and clear
You can take away my fear
I will sing but you wont hear
Melody will disapear...

We Play Along

Written By: J.Parker

yesterday i lost my job
so did all my friends
soon i will be on a bus where will this journey end?
tomorrow i might be in london
might be on the coast
the only thing i know right now is that i miss them both

but whatever happens happens and once its happened its the way
sometimes the sun can set at noon upon the plans we lay
i'll keep riding this one out no matter what i say
whatever happens happens and once its happened its the way

split decisions down a rolling road
destination never known
knowing how we're growing and how we've grown so far
a whole lot of options, plenty of choice
so many girls and so many boys
so many cities but where to now i guess i'll let it all play out

but whatever happens happens and once its happened its the way
sometimes the sun can set at noon upon the plans we lay
i'll keep riding this one out no matter what i say
whatever happens happens and once its happened its the way

life plays out .. we play along

We Climb We Fall

Written By: J.Parker

We climb we fall ....

I was walking down roads nobody could walk down
Drawing a map to god knows where
Building up walls till i couldn't see over
We climb we fall we climb we fall

I was strengthening weaknessess, reassuring doubt
I knew the road in, didn't know the road out
then you slapped me, cold sobriety
i snapped and hit the ground
Looking further down the road I turned around

So i'm coming out of my head and back into this room
it's never too late i know this much is true
I gathered some stories, i've got quite a few
and if you're ever interested i'll share them with you

So here we go again, once again no escaping
reliving reality yet not quite relating
familiar faces though i don't know their stare
what the hell are we doin here?

Then a snap, cold Sobriety! I can't crash this car
It can go oh so fast and oh so far

So i'm coming out of my head and back into this room
it's never too late i know this much is true
I gathered some stories, i've got quite a few
and if you're ever interested i'll share them with you

It's tempting - dissappointing, Illusion is reassuring
I'll never not wonder, so I'll never not go
But It's comforting knowing i'm not alone

So lets get out of our heads, maybe out of this room
and trip in the moment for a moment or two
we'll gather some stories as you know we like to do
if you're ever interested

we'll get out of our heads, maybe out of this room
and trip in the moment for a moment or two
can it be so bad if what we're seeking is true?
and if you can take it any further
can you take me there too

Catch the Glitter

Written By: J.Parker

We watched the sun come out that night I lay there by your side
A solitary night upon the sand
I sit here now and wander back through pages of my mind
Lucky to be here – just where I am

Turn to the night, look and you might
See a shooting star
Or could we just be here by chance
When the sky wants to dance

The glow of the moon it shines and lights a lonely sea
We’re lucky to be sharing this alone
Passed by by many everyday not stopping just to live
The beauty seen but rarely really known

A sea of diamonds paints a picture that you cant buy or frame
A sea of diamonds just catch the glitter
It will never be the same again

Rolling in and rolling out no telling what’s to come
Deceiving calm to lure in the catch
How can this be just you and me no stadium filled crowd
To utilize this therapy unmatched

Not Around

Written By: L. Gentz

You can take the air from underneath me
You can turn my blue sky into cloud
You can dry my river up completely
But I’ll be fine when you’re not around

You can fill my head with complications
You can turn my green grass into brown
You can take away my inspiration
But I’ll be fine when you’re not around

Coz you’re not welcome to be here
And you’re not wanted when you only bring me down

It wont matter what you say
Coz you can’t hurt me when you’re not around

You can keep all your superiority
The way you use it to put others down
You can even keep the negativity
Coz I wont need it when you’re not around

Coz you’re not welcome to be here
And you’re not wanted when you only bring me down
It wont matter what you say
Coz you can’t hurt me when you’re not around

Close your Eyes

Written By: Julia Parker

Close your eyes

As time ticks on I don’t know what to do
The plot has thickened on the evening news tonight
We get distractions with each opened door
The smoke screen fades the sun has set some more

But I want to know where the sun shines all the time
And we can make the music in our minds
Where no one knows your name but they still smile and say
Just come with me ill take you for a while

Remove the smokescreen you might see the door
are you too scared to step inside or do you want more?
You’ve got your big screen and your nine to five
‘the market crashed and maybe a couple of kids died’

I don’t want to buy the paper it’s just gonna be bad news
I don’t want to make a statement if I can not clean my room
I don’t want to see a picture if a lie obstructs the view
But do I want to know the truth

Close your eyes its easier that way

Texas

Written By: Julia Parker

cruisin on the highway number 10
looks like its going to be a sleepless night again
its the 4th of July and we're looking for a band
gotta get to Austin thats all we got planned
its a long way to New York and i gotta get a plane
I got to 97 but the cop he got my name

now im wanted in texas
got 5 days to drive
$10 in my pocket
guess ill have to thumb a ride
I'm wanted in texas
still an hour from the vibe
and no-one's gonna party once it gets to 7-5
I'm wanted in Texas

The fireworks in the distance are starting to show
with a ticket in my pocket think i better keep it a little slow
well they said we wouldn't make it but we drove all through the night
i've been taking roadhouse coffee, how will i justify
i think i'll blame las vegas and its crazy neon lights
im gonna hit the gas again the copper's out of sight.

Transparent

Written By: Leesa Gentz

Transparent

You cant see me I can see you
You cant hear me I am speaking
Why is it so apparent to you I am transparent

It’s all about you you’re important
While I sit here in the corner
Why is it so apparent to you I am transparent

I am I am I am I am I am transparent
I am I am I am I am I am transparent

Put down your drink open your eyes
I’m the best thing you’ll see all night
Why is it so apparent to you I am transparent

I am I am I am I am I am transparent
I am I am I am I am I am transparent

Discography

2010 - Album "A million different truths"

2009 - DVD "Live at the Soundlounge"

2008 - Album "Life Plays Out"

Hussy Hicks have also appeared on releases from Project Winterhaven, The Love Bus, The Crimea, Miss Radio, Upshot, Marshall & the Fro, The Quiet Excitement, CC The Cat and Kristy Lee.

Set List

The Hussy Hicks show is generally 1 X 1-2 hour set or 2 X 45 - 60min sets.
Festival sets are generally 30 min - 1 hour