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Coasting : Issue 7 Jan 2010
5 www.coastingtoday.com.au Back for more The well-travelled duo has now made three tours of Europe, and despite their unsettling experience in Denmark last year, plan to regularly return to the continent. The couple visits Liesl's mother in Sweden each tour, and Liesl's knowledge of some of the local languages makes it easier for an Australian duo to get by. Family ties also come in handy, such as when Liesl's grandmother provided the couple with the use of her old diesel Volvo station wagon for the duration of the tour. Don't laugh, Nick said. "I was cruising at 160kph on the Autobahn, no problem at all." There is a genuine musical connection, too, that's been made with European audiences. It's a connection which, on the face of it, might seem unlikely. After all, many of the audiences -- and older punters, in particular -- don't speak English. "But they are used to hearing songs in English on the radio," Liesl counters. It seems that the duo's on-stage chemistry, coupled with melodic songs, engaging harmonies and earthy lyrics are an intoxicating mix for audiences everywhere. The pair also likes to chat with the audiences during gigs. They might discuss the inspiration for the next song, throw in a bit of staged bickering, or talk about Australia -- even if they did have an interpreter foisted upon them for that part of their show by one nervous venue owner in Germany. The loyalty of audiences in Europe surprised Nick and Liesl. Punters who had seen them perform a year or two ago came back for more. "One couple had seen us perform two years ago, and they'd since got married to one of our songs," Liesl said. "They'd driven two hours across Germany to see us again. "And another German couple came to see us in Holland. I find that unbelievable," she said. Nick said that there was a sense of loyalty from fans in Europe that Australian acts weren't accustomed to. In Australia, you couldn't play a gig in one town and then return to that town for a show 12 months later and expect the same people to come back, and this time with more of their friends, he said. Being a pair of friendly and likeable Aussies plays its part, too. "We like to meet new people," Nick explains. "Every gig to us feels like we're meeting new friends. And they sense that connection being made. They feel like they're catching up with old friends when they come back to one of our gigs." New album Nick and Liesl plan to release their debut album any day now [go to www.myspace. com/nickandliesl for details]. Fans of their stripped back debut EP Wyong River [Foghorn Records/MGM], released in 2008, can expect a different and perhaps more sophisticated mix of sounds on the album. "I think the album will have more variety [than Wyong River]," Nick said. "We're going to bring in more musicians this time, to create things like some violin and cello highlights." Church Street, Terrigal 2260 • Phone 4385 3900 Australian and Imported Shoes and Accessories Expert Fitting and Personal Service A8638447-7Jan • No mess at home • Great girls night out • BYO friends & drinks • Weeknights & after dinner Hostess receives 15% of sales to spend on herself. Sharon & Sonia 3/162 Avoca Drive, Avoca Beach Phone 02 4382 2254 Host your own Bali with Style party in our shop. c8638436-7Jan 69 Avoca Drive, Avoca Beach www.avocabeachpicturetheatre.com.au Book your tickets on 43 821 677 Awarded Best Regional Cinema in NSW Sizzling Summer Celebrations KEVIN BENNETT & GLEN HANNAH Country Roots & Blues LIVE Monday 4th Jan $35 ITALIAN NIGHT Food, wine, music & film Wednesday 6th Jan $21.50 ELVIS PRESLEY S BIRTHDAY Drinks & Elvis' Comeback Special Friday 6th Jan $16.50 inc drinks. MONTY PYTHON & THE HOLY GRAIL Nibbles, Wine & Dress Up Tuesday 12th Jan $19.50 BOLLYWOOD -- JAB WE MET Indian Food, Drinks, Dancing Girls Friday 15th Jan $22.50 SMOKIN BLUES JAZZ & ROOTS WITH JENNY MARIE LANG Thursday 21st Jan $27 inc drinks. c8638430-7Jan Nick and Liesl's guide to Europe Denmark: "Aaah, those picturesque cobblestone streets... Turns out Danish cobblestones have more than one use, like throwing at police in street riots." Germany: "Where the massive breakfast prepares you for the pace of the Autobahn and the wonderful audience makes up for the impatience of the German working day." Czech Republic: "Why use one person to do a job when you could use five?" The Netherlands: "If bicycles could kill, the traffic here would be worse than in Delhi." France: "Delicious French food, bad French driving, and French (dis)organisation. But we had a lovely time and great company!" Belgium: "Home sweet home, where nothing ever changes and old friends are always friends." CONNECTING: Liesl signs autographs for the audience after a gig in Germany.
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