The Lucky Wonders

The Lucky Wonders

BandFolkPop

Critics and audiences alike have been falling in love with alt pop/folksters The Lucky Wonders. Named in “2010’s Top 3 Gigs and Top 10 Albums” in Rhythms Magazine’s Writers Poll, with their award winning songwriting and warm, quirky appeal, “This band definitely has a big future ahead” Sound of Oz.

Biography

“Top 10 albums and Top 3 gigs of 2010”
Sue Barrett – Rhythms
“Really impressed. They killed it. The Lucky Wonders really know what they're doing”
Dan Condon – Time Off
"Their energy and essence comes through in quality songwriting and poignant, emotional delivery. Great harmonies." Rusty Thorpe – Bluesfest

Byron Bay based folk/indie pop four piece The Lucky Wonders have made a huge entrance onto the Australian music scene in the short time since they formed, with a trail of rave reviews left in the wake of their album Thirteen O’Clock, and mammoth touring efforts. Songwriters Emma Royle and WAMI Award winner Jessie Vintila first came together to create live music for puppet show Puppets Break Out, playing an eleven show season in the 2009 Adelaide Fringe Festival. The collaboration was such a success they were inspired to pursue it head-on, and formed the core of The Lucky Wonders.

Within a few months the duo had enlisted the help of ARIA nominee Anthony Lycenko (Pete Murray, Xavier Rudd, The Beautiful Girls), Ben Franz (The Waifs, Tim Rogers) on bass and lap steel, and Dave Sanders (Rodriguez) on drums. Co-producing with Lycenko at Byron Bay’s Rocking Horse and 301, they created the twelve tracks compiling Thirteen O’Clock, which was to meet overwhelming critical acclaim.

In October 2009 they formed a four piece band, with Jessie on lead vocals, guitar and ukulele, Emma on guitar, ukulele and backing vocals, Anastassijah Scales on drums, and currently Sam Parker on bass.

Happy Pill, the first single released from Thirteen O’Clock in November 2009, received Triple J airplay and hit No. 1 on Unearthed Roots. Catchy, powerful and haunting, Happy Pill stayed in the Unearthed Top 25 for an impressive seven weeks.

When The Lucky Wonders independently released Thirteen O’Clock in March 2010 and embarked on a mammoth forty date national tour, the praise began to roll in. So too did the airplay, with rotation on Radio National, regional ABCs, community, country and commercial radio. ABC North Coast featured The Lucky Wonders as Artist of the Week. They were interviewed in countless publications, including full page features in Rhythms, LOTL, Cherrie and street press Australia wide. They signed a distribution deal with Vitamin Records, who successfully pitched the album to JB Hifi Stores around Australia.

The band found a warm reception for their beautifully crafted songs and warm, quirky, irreverent banter all over Australia, venturing to far flung reaches of WA and the Top End. They opened for Paul Greene, Sal Kimber and The Rollin Wheel, and Skipping Girl Vinegar, and played some premier venues around the country such as The Vanguard, Lizottes, Heritage Hotel, The Soundlounge, The Powerhouse, The Troubadour, and Settlers Tavern in WA.

On arriving home to Byron Bay, The Lucky Wonders returned to the studio to record follow up singles Anyway, inspired by Emma’s leap of faith in selling her flat to fund The Lucky Wonders, and Thing About Leaving, a country-esque sigh of homecoming contentment. They released the tracks as a double A-side, welcomed by fans and critics alike. “We were blown away by The Lucky Wonders’ last full-length release…and now they're following it up with this…both superb cuts” Babysue. Anyway saw them in the Semi-finals in the International Song Competition.

On their second national tour, they headlined shows with WAMI Song of the Year winners Rachel and Henry Climb a Hill, Saritah, Melanie Horsnell, The Stillsons (featuring Ben Franz) and Hello Satellites (of Triple J hit Building a Wall). They were featured at Adelaide’s 2010 Feast Festival with a show described as ‘stunning’ by Feast’s director, Kerry Ireland, and Illawarra Folk Festival in 2011. “This band definitely has a big future ahead” Sound of Oz.

“…a stunning debut album with tracks ranging right across the broad roots genre.…a winning package. FOUR STARS” BMA
“…outstanding…a breath of fresh air. FOUR STARS” Hob

Lyrics

Emotional

Written By: The Lucky Wonders

I have no apologies for all the tears I cry
I get emotional at the most inappropriate times
Maybe that’s because
I believe emotions are appropriate all the time
All the time
I’m not gonna learn to hold it in
I’m not gonna learn to keep it together

I have lost interest in the world you assume I want to make it in
I’m trying to find myself in places that I don’t have to fake it in
Do you remember when you still believed
In the possibility of something more, something more
Well I’m leaving and I’m following my dreams
And if you want to come I’ll hold the door

I’m not gonna learn to hold it in

I need to keep a space around me
For softness to fall upon softer ground
Cause how can I learn how to fly with all these brick walls around?

I have no apologies for all the tears I cry
I get emotional at the most inappropriate times
Maybe that’s because
I believe emotions are appropriate all the time
All the time
I’m not gonna learn to hold it in
I’m not gonna learn to keep it together

Happy Pill

Written By: Emma Royle

The nights are growing longer
The past won't stop chasing your tail
In this game of snakes and ladders
It's easy to think that the strongest prevail
Your heart is not the box of Pandora
Blow the dust away

You can take another happy pill
Blind your eyes and numb your will
You feel better through the haze
But you're leaving you behind

You can take another happy pill
It's bittersweet that little thrill
You feel better through the haze
But you're leaving you behind

Your demons cast their shadows
You're churning inside
One day you will know
There's nowhere to hide
Sometimes to free yourself
You've got to let go

You can take another happy pill
Blind your eyes and numb your will
You feel better through the haze
But you're leaving you behind

You can take another happy pill
It's bittersweet that little thrill
You feel better through the haze
But you're leaving you behind

Thing About Leaving

Written By: Jessie Vintila, Emma Royle


You take me out for months we travel round this country’s towns and cities
The looks on people’s faces when they hear about the miles
We saw the mountains disappear into the desert plains
Through clear skies and through the driving rain

When I’m at home I feel this calming in my soul
I watch the sun go down behind the banana grove
Any minute you’ll appear in front of me
The sweetest thing about leaving is coming back again

There’s magic in the emptiness it makes you take the time
Staring out the window for hours you think about your life
And though I’ve taken risks that might have sent the end of me
I always seem to land back on my feet

When I’m at home I feel this calming in my soul
I watch the sun go down behind the banana grove
Any minute you’ll appear in front of me
The sweetest thing about leaving is coming back again
The sweetest thing about leaving is coming back

Oh oh….

We took the long way home, it added seven thousand k’s
The beauty of the north, well it can get to you that way
But I long to see my old friends when my spirits aren’t so high
I guess the ups and downs remind me I’m alive

When I’m at home I feel this calming in my soul
I watch the sun go down behind the banana grove
Any minute you’ll appear in front of me
The sweetest thing about leaving is coming back again
The sweetest thing about leaving is coming back again
The sweetest thing about leaving is coming back

Anyway

Written By: Emma Royle, Jessie Vintila

I met a man the other day
he said he worked three jobs cause there were bills to pay
he had a house, a dog
a boat and two cars
but he had no time to sit and play his guitar
he had insurance on his life, his house and his wages
he’d guaranteed he’d be dead bored for ages
but that’s not how it’s supposed to be
you gotta live your life
set yourself free
set yourself free

I got the sun on my back
I got the wind in my hair
which way it blows
I don’t really care
I’m fancy and I’m free
I got today
what’s tomorrow
anyway
anyway

ba ba
ba ba….

so I wanna see the country in a Winnebago
gotta get out there and do it
while I’m still able
there’s no point in waiting til I’ve got grey hair
got a walking stick and I no longer care
there’s no need to wait for what you wanna see
it’s like living in paradise and watching TV
chances will come and chances will go
if you don’t take one
you’ll never know

I'll Be Fine

Written By: Emma Royle & Jessie Vintila

Bumpy roads and cloudy mornings
feels like the whole world is yawning
Hey oh oh
I can't recall if there was a reason
silly times in silly seasons
Hey oh oh
When I took off on that plane today
a part of me seemed to fall away and I'm sitting here sleepless and I'm wanting you.
I know I ought to be just fine
I know I see you all the time
but I want to be in your arms tonight
Hey oh oh Hey oh oh

But I'll be fine
I'll be fine
I'll be fine
I know I'll see you in no time.

These days they pass like weeks of Sundays
I'm in a daze not quite knowing what to do.
I do hope that you go out dancing
your happiness it makes me happy too.
I know I ought to get out of here maybe see some friends and drink some beer but the truth is my heart's just not in it.
I've made a list of things to do so I don't mope around thinking of you
But I don't think I'm fooling myself.

But I'll be fine
I'll be fine
I'll be fine
I know I'll see you in no time.

Discography

Debut single Happy Pill with B side Emotional (both from Thirteen O'Clock) released November 2009, received Triple J airplay and hit No. 1 on Triple J's Unearthed Roots chart, and stayed in Top 25 for 7 weeks.
Debut album Thirteen O'Clock released April 2010:
1.Home
2.Nullarbor
3.Happy Pill
4.Under the Night
5.So You've Never
6.Emotional
7.Closing In
8.Please Don't Break Me Down
9.Make it Beautiful
10.Nothing to Fear
11.Lighthouse
12.Rather Be Lovin You
Engineered: Anthony Lycenko, Co-produced: Emma Royle, Jessie Vintila and Anthony Lycenko, Mastered: Michael Worthington.

Received airplay on Radio National, Australia wide regional ABCs, community and commercial radio, and was Feature Album of the Week on Northcoast ABC.
Thirteen O'Clock distributed by Vitamin Records (physical and digital).

Single Anyway with B side Thing About Leaving released Sept 2010. Both received regional ABC and community radio airplay and selected as "Song of The Day" on www.songshooter.com.
Anyway distributed by Vitamin (digital).
Engineered: Anthony Lycenko, Co-produced: Emma Royle, Jessie Vintila and Anthony Lycenko, Mastered: Michael Worthington.

Set List

A typical set for The Lucky Wonders is 45mins. They prefer to play 1 or 2 sets but can perform 3 if necessary.

ORIGINALS
Golden
Rather Be Lovin You
Nullarbor
Emotional
Lift Your Feet
Home
Lighthouse
Happy Pill
So You've Never
Kindness
Monogamy
Upsidedown
Under The Night
Closing In
Make It Beautiful
Nothing To Fear
Please Don't Break Me Down
Your Ass Is Bluegrass
Anyway
Thing About Leaving
Dad
I'll Be Fine
Over to You
Walk With Me
Let Me Forget
Did you Cry

COVERS
Dance Me To The End Of Love (Leonard Cohen)
Jolene (Dolly Parton)
Hopeville (Michelle Shocked)
Don't Get Nothin' Done (Luna Tart)
Sunny Road (Emiliana Torrini)
Enough for Now (Amy Vee)
Lead Balloon (Sarah Humphreys)