Artist info

Genre

Indie, Pop, Rock, Roots


Sounds like

The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Black Keys, Angus & Julia Stone, Tom Petty,Hank Williams


band members

Members include Captain Bluetongue- Vocals, Guitars & Harmonica Marco Solo - Lead Guitars & Beverage Connoisseur Mr Wizard - 5 String Bass & Subsonic Patterns Hutch - Drums & Percussion Kat G - Backing Vocals Freyja Garbett- Keys & Piano


Influences

The Beatles Bob Dylan The Rolling Stones Led Zeppelin


Website

Gig

The Marvellous Hearts

Strong impact coarse language and/or themes

30 Aug

Australian Austria...

Canberra, 2607

Canberra ACT

7:00pm

Gig

The Marvellous Hearts

Strong impact coarse language and/or themes

31 Aug

The Murrah Hall

South East NSW, 2546

Bermagui NSW

7:00pm

Gig

The Marvellous Hearts

Strong impact coarse language and/or themes

1 Sep

The Tomerong Hall

Illawarra, 2540

Tomerong NSW

7:00pm

Bio

“The Marvellous Hearts sound like what happens when you give crate-digging music fanatics instruments and tell them to go make a record. There’s snippets of every record they’ve ever heard swirling around in their sound. One minute you hear The Beatles, then it’s Bob Dylan on rotation, followed by a noisy workout that would shake the walls of the garage they might have been in at the time. Hell, then I hear a fragment that reminds me of one particular Paul Kelly song, and another faint echo that had me thinking Goanna. And yet out of this melting pot comes something distinct and un-pigeonholeable. And did I mention that they ooze attitude? I like them. Chances are you will too.” Stuart Coupe

When Captain Bluetongue of Sydney duo the Blues Preachers embarked on his new project it was a case of following his heart. The seasoned musician, who has performed at festivals all over Australia, including Byron Bay Bluesfest, the Woodford Folk Festival, the Blue Mountains Music Festival and the Gympie Muster, wrote a bunch of songs that felt like they needed a new home and so the Marvellous Hearts were born.

The first track he wrote was Give Love, the lead single of their debut self-titled EP, and the uplifting song reflects the band’s philosophy. Fifty years after John Lennon and Yoko Ono staged their bed-in, asking the world to give peace a chance, it’s a message that’s needed more than ever. “The only thing you can do is fight hate with love,” says the Captain. “Realise we’re all different and that’s what makes the world a special place.”

At first he thought he’d hire a few musicians to record the tracks and that would be it, but the more people heard about the project, the more they wanted to get on board. Now his ragtag crew includes Marco Solo on lead guitar, Hutch on drums, The Wizard on bass, Kat G on backing vocals plus special guests on keys. Not only do they represent a broad age range, they also come from wildly varying styles, including blues, punk, rock, jazz, pop and reggae.

If the Blues Preachers evoked classic blues of the 1930s and ’40s, then the Marvellous Hearts take their influences from the ’60s and ’70s. They’ve been compared to the Beatles and Bob Dylan by none other than music icon Stuart Coupe, with their tracks being spun on 2ser.

It’s a sentiment that’s reflected not only in their music but their message. Give Love is backed up by songs including Impatient World, an anti-hymn to greed, Lovesick Rambling Blues, which pokes a stick at the addictiveness of new love, and Babble On, a hypnotic calypso-vibed serenade that points out the dangers of social and mass media.

Another track in their live kit bag is Pollie Wants a Cracker, which takes a dig at politicians. “Basically politicians feather their own nest,” says the Captain. “It’s a shame that someone like the New Zealand Prime Minister is rare. Jacinda Ardern seems like a great leader. How come there’s only one person in the world that everyone’s saying, oh, she’d be good, I wish we had a PM like that?”

The diversity of their sound comes from the diversity of their influences, and it’s also meant that the harmonica stalwart has had to strap on a guitar. “I’ve always had a guitar hanging around,” says the Captain, who also runs the Bluetongue Harmonica School, “but like most harmonica players I was too lazy to do the hard yards. Now I’m in a situation where I’m writing all the songs and I’m playing guitar on everything and I’m really enjoying the process.”

The songs were recorded at Studio 57 with producer Marc Scully. And now the band are looking forward to taking them to stages across Australia or wherever the road leads. While he might have goals and ambitions, the Captain is happy to let the project unfold organically – because that’s what’s been working so far.

“It’s like what John Lennon said. ‘Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans.’ You can have your ambitions but it’s more than likely going to be different from what you had in mind, and if you’re on the right side of the fence, it should be positively different. I’m just happy to get the songs out there for people to listen to and hopefully put a good message out.”

Sally Browne, former journalist for The Courier-Mail
marvelloushearts.com
For more information, interviews and promotional opportunities contact: Jules Delemare, Wild Heart Publicity, 0407 861 319, jules@wildheartpublicity.com

Review

Review by Nkechi Anele Nkechi Anele

02 Mar 2019

Triple J
40

Sweet, sweet grit that locks from the beginning. I feel like I am sitting in a neon sign filled dive bar on the side of a freeway somewhere.
Elctroblues AF love the guitar flourishes and those slick vocals bringing everything together - rad.

Sweet, sweet grit that locks from the beginning. I feel like I am sitting in a neon sign filled dive bar on the side of a freeway somewhere.
Elctroblues AF love the guitar flourishes and those slick vocals bringing everything together - rad.

Review

Review by Nkechi Anele Nkechi Anele

10 Jan 2019

Triple J
35

This is like a sonic time machine that can take you way back to a simpler time, filled with awe and wonder.

This is like a sonic time machine that can take you way back to a simpler time, filled with awe and wonder.