lou bennett & the sweet cheeks

lou bennett & the sweet cheeks

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A unique, exciting band blending country, folk, reggae (and more!). Driven by acoustic guitar, underpinned by inventive bass and drums- topped off with beautiful vocals and heartfelt lyrics.

Biography

Lou Bennett, Alics Gate-Eastley and Fil Collings are The Sweet Cheeks! And if you take the time to check, I think you’ll agree from the heart of your bottoms, that yes, their mooms are sweet! Ladies and Gentlemen, after 5 years of performing together, The Sweet Cheeks have finally recorded their debut album “Hold My Hand?” Due for release late June ’07, we trust you’ll agree it was worth the wait!

Lou, an Australian indigenous woman- from the Yorta Yorta-Dja Dja Wurrung people, has been living in Melbourne for the past 18 years. Lou’s most regarded work was with the Tiddas- spanning the 90’s, travelling nationally and internationally and has gone on to solo albums, public sound scapes, theatre and documentary as a composer and a performer.

Lou, Alics and Fil each have had many years experience in the music industry prior to The Sweet Cheeks. Alics (co-founder of Scottish “cow-punk” outfit, The Well Oiled Sisters) shifted from the U.K. to see how green the grass grew down here in Melbourne - “The Well Oileds” had called it a day, after a decade of sharing music with people all over the world.
Over their brief but varied history, The Sweet Cheeks have enjoyed many stages including Edinburgh Festival in 2002 (one of their first shows outside of Australia) and various festivals including WOMAD (Australia/New Zealand).
After 4 years of pestering, Lou finally gave way to Alics’s pleadings for a new addition to the rhythm section! And then along came Fil! After a brief meeting on Yorta Yorta country, they soon realised they’d found the third cheek! Busy as he is, with the likes of his own trio, Sophie Koh, Ren Waters, Emily Ulman and Kate Neal, Fil decided he could do with a bit of bummin’ around with the girls!

The Sweet Cheeks are a sweet, cheeky(!) combination of harmonies, acoustic guitar, bass and drums over lyrics that speak of compassion, truth, love and heart ache- basically life through the Sweet Cheeks’ eyes (no, not their brown ones!!). Their performance demonstrates reconciliation, cultural exchange, respect and celebration of diversity. A story tells another story and the music begins… Lou's magnetic voice captures you in- stories of her culture (mixed with some crass Scottish humour c/o Alics!) makes for a show that will touch your heart, make you laugh, cry and dance in the aisles!!

Lyrics

Pushin'

Written By: Bennett/Gate-Eastley

You’re pushin, you keep pushin me away
Now I’m standin, yes I’m standin all alone
You told me to leave, so I’m walkin out your door
I’m leavin you alone, gonna find my place in the sun

Out your door into the sun, time to find another one
Out your door into the sun for me

I can see you don’t want me hangin around with you no more
It’s plain to see you’d like me to leave, so I’m walkin out your door

Out your door into the sun, time to find another one
Out your door into the sun for me

You’re pushin (pushin me), you’re pushin (me away)
You’re pushin (pushin me) out the door

Now you’re turnin, facin away from me
It hurts me, oh it hurts me, you’re lookin the other way

Now you’re face, it wears no smile, oh it hasn’t for a while
And you’re heading the other way, haven’t even had my say
Now you’re walkin, keep on walkin away
You’re pushin, you keep pushin me away

Don't Sleep

Written By: Bennett/Gate-Eastley

When you look at your self
Do you like what you see?
Is there room for change
Like the ocean to the sea
Are you standing there with no room to move
When you look at your self
Go on, take a look at your self

Don’t sleep if you can’t listen to your dreams
Don’t wake if you can’t learn from your mistakes

When the moon is high
Does it glow upon your face
And the universe
Have you taken too much space?

Don’t sleep, if you can’t listen to your dreams
Don’t wake if you can’t learn form your mistakes

It’s wearing me down
It’s taking me out
Like a crown of thorns over my head
It’s wearing me down
It’s taking me over

Hold My Hand?

Written By: Bennett/Gate-Eastley

You wanna hold my hand, you need to tell me something?
I wanna hold your hand, I need to tell you something
You gotta understand, oh my point of view
When I hold your hand, I wanna understand you

Oh, livin in this home, or when I’m feelin scared and alone
Will you hold my hand? Can I hold your hand?
Will you hold my hand?

You wanna be my friend, you wanna talk with me
You wanna be my friend, but you won’t be
You gotta understand, I’m not waiting forever
You wanna be my friend, you gotta hold my hand

Oh, livin in this town, or when I’m feelin lost and down
Will you hold my hand? Can I hold your hand?
Will you hold my hand?

Oh, livin in this town, or when I’m feelin lost and down
Will you hold my hand? Can I hold your hand?
Will you hold my hand?

You wanna love me true, you let me be myself
You wanna love me true, I don’t need that kind of help
Of a closed fist, hangin over me
You wanna love me true, you gotta let me be

Now, if the tables ever turned
And, you find your bridges all have burned
Will you hold my hand? Can I hold your hand?
Will you hold my hand?

I don’t want to change you
No no, but I want you to understand me
Cos when I hold your hand, when I hold your hand
Will you hold my hand?

Cos when I hold your hand, when I hold your hand
Will you hold my hand?

Discography

Debut album "Hold My Hand?" (released 29.06.07) Getting National Australian airplay currently.

Set List

Sets vary from 20 mins - 100 mins depending on show requirements. Mainly original songs (25 or so), a few covers from local Australian acts plus a few standard favourites - "Natural Woman", "Close to You", "Jolene"