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"Sentimental Horses review"

Sentimental Horses

More evidence of the country at the heart of rock and/or roll.

For those of you unaware, The Millionaires – I believe the name may be ironic – is made of Messrs Gallagher and Galeazzi of Karma County, The Cruel Sea’s Jim Elliott on drums and horse-effect coconut shells, and David McCormack of Custard

They deliver a distinctly idiosyncratic take on the country thing, with some unexpected covers among their repertoire, along with a smattering of originals that fit the form.

And while the likes of a run at George Michael’s Faith or Tom Waits’ Big In Japan can’t help but be delivered with a tongue delivered at least a little in cheek, the genuine abilities and experience of those involved mean there’s always some musical worth to it above the joke, although the outbreak of widespread giggling and guffawing as Sylvia’s Mother hangs up the phone in suitably melodramatic manner on McCormack is understandable and genuine.

Gallagher retains his quiet sly charm on the likes of Your Own Sweet Way which is delivered fairly straight over some nicely whispered harmonies, while Marianne Faithfull’s Ballad Of Lucy Jordan becomes a well-observed western lament. While Dylan’s Be My Baby Tonight swings over shuffling brushes. McCormack’s own Chicken Dance is eminently silly, without being silly about it.

Much like their live performances, Sentimental Horses provides you music to stand around with beverage of choice in hand, with a tacit invitation to tap foot absently or sing along to without (much) embarrassment. A more than pleasant distraction.

- Drum Media - Ross Clelland

"Highlights from the Apollo Bay Music Festival"

The Millionaires

I'LL go out on a limb and say Dave McCormack is the coolest frontman in Australia. With his pseudo-cabaret delivery, dapper suits and witty stage banter, he could be the new Dave Graney. McCormack's new country outfit (featuring members of The Cruel Sea and Karma County) was the most entertaining band of the festival. A few cheeky original tunes were scattered through a great set of covers that ran the gamut from Bob Dylan to George Michael, all of which were resplendent in sweet harmonies and a fun-lovin' attitude.

- Matt Neal – The Standard

"Sentimental Horses review"

On the one hand, this is a slight little side project by a bunch of musos who write their own material and therefore don't really need to do a country covers album. On the other hand, there's no denying the joy these folks take in this music.
Consisting of Brendan Gallagher and Michael Galeazzi of Karma County, Cruel Sea drummer Jim Elliot and former Custard/Titanics/Polaroids frontman Dave McCormack, The Millionaires strum and sing their way through a set of country favourites (‘Honky Tonkin'', Merle Haggard's ‘Mama Tried'), inspired new arrangements (Tom Waits' ‘Big In Japan', Marianne Faithfull's ‘The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan') and a few jokey selections (George Michael's ‘Faith', The Steve Miller Band's ‘Abracadabra'), plus a handful of original songs.
McCormack contributes ‘Chicken Dance' and ‘Save My Soul', while Gallagher submits ‘Summer's Gone' and ‘Time & Money'. To my ears, however, the highlight is their spirited version of Jonathan Richman's ‘Since She Started To Ride' (which Custard memorably covered as a b-side back in the day). It sounds like they're having fun.

- Andrew P Street - Time Out

"Sentimental Horses review"

When I was a lad I would go on hunting trips with my father. After we’d been out hunting all day and we’d skinned and dressed the wild pig, wasted off the blood, eaten the evening meal, we’d turn on the radio, sit on the hill and count sattelites.

The Millionaires play raw and warm country music without the red necks and the rebel flag. Good music to sit on a hill and count sattelites by. You wouldn’t want to swap your grandmother for this CD. But you’d lend to your neighbour if they downloaded it for you.

- Greg Perano & Jules vol 16 pub lic magazine


Debut album Sentimental Horses out through Inertia April 2008 - twelve strange covers and four originals:
Faith, Honky Tonkin', Mama Tried, Girls On The Ave,
Time & Money, Since She Started To Ride, Sentimental Journey, Summer's Gone, Abra Cadabra, Be My Baby Tonight, Big In Japan, Chicken Dance, Save My Soul, Ballad Of Lucy Jordan, Your Own Sweet Way, Sylvia's Mother



THE MILLIONAIRE$ are an Australian indie super group that play their own brand of country music, with David McCormack guitar & vocals, Jim Elliott drums, Brendan Gallagher guitar & vocals and Michael Galeazzi double bass. These long time music buddies have been playing together since April 2007, hog tying their favourite songs from every music era from Doris Day to Depeche Mode, The Fab Four to Steve Miller, Bob Dylan to Britney Spears and corralling them into long distance, sweaty Grateful Dead-like live shows. Their debut album Sentimental Horses out through Inertia April 2008.

...who are these countrymen, these MILLIONAIRE$?

Prolific and quirky icon of Australian indie pop, David McCormack is best known for fronting Brisbane band Custard throughout the '90s. As well as innumerable side projects he spent the time following Custard's breakup performing as a member of the Titanics and later as a solo performer with the Polaroids. His famous stage persona is self-deprecating, scruffily charming, and both boyish and world-weary. He is the writer of pop gems like Apartment, Music Is Crap, Girls Like That and more. He has composed film scores for Alex Proyas' Garage Days and Daniel Krige's West. He has released two solo albums, Candy and Truth About Love. In 2006 McCormack was chosen to helm a tribute concert dedicated to the late Grant McLennan of the Go-Betweens. In 2007 national radio station JJJ retained David to produce a studio album of the tribute titled Write Your Adventures Down.

Jim Elliott is a founding member of legendary Australian band The Cruel Sea. The winner of six ARIA awards the Cruel Sea created a style of rock which extended Australian rock & roll culture and, at the same time, made them one of the most successful Australian groups of the '90s. With album sales of four gold and three platinum the band built a huge loyal following around the world and shared stages with artists like The Rolling Stones, Nick Cave, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan and more. At other times Jim has played drums with David Lane, Louis Tillet, Black Eyed Susans and Tex Perkins solo.

Brendan Gallagher is best known as singer/songwriter with Karma County. Formed in 1995 the band has released 5 albums. Over the last 10 years they have performed all over Australia. In 2000 they toured Europe, UK and North America promoting This Tin Stardom, a compilation of their first 3 albums. The same year they bagged the Best Adult Cotemporary Album ARIA for Into The Land Of Promise. The writer of perrenial radio favourites like Postcard, Secret Country, Love Sublime Brendan has also had success as a producer, notably with Jimmy Little's instant Australian classic Messenger. The author of The Open Tuning Chord Book For Guitar he has played on recordings for artists like David Bowie, Kylie Minogue and Paul Mac. Brendan released his debut solo album On Eve St in September 2006.

Along with Brendan, Michael Galeazzi is a member of Karma County. In 1994 he created jazz group Java Quartet and continues to direct this most personal of projects. In the last decade the band have released five acclaimed albums - Slumber For Nordic Wonder, Glow, Passages, Dark Garden and Deep Blue Sea - and played shows all over Australia and in Europe, including the prestigious Montreaux Jazz Festival. Away from KC and Java Michael has been the bassplayer of choice for artists like The Reels’ Dave Mason, Australian music icon Jimmy Little, even Bold & Beautiful star Ron Moss.


with thanks to Jody Macgregor and Ed Nimmervoll - All Music Guide