Independent Australian band, Hussy Hicks have shown resilience beyond measure in releasing their second single from their upcoming, 3 song EP.
Released alongside the track is the Hussy Hicks new mobile gaming app, available on both Android and iOS.
The Hussy Hicks app, not only features tour dates, special insights and band news, but three playable 8-bit video games, one for each song on the pending EP.
Each game is tailored specifically to its matched song, creating a fun cohesive experience that pairs music and gaming perfectly in unison, and will have gamers and music fans alike returning to cement their place on the game’s leader boards.
The first game was released with Hussy Hicks’ early track ‘Same Boat’ and saw players controlling an inflatable boat of Hussy Hicks downstream escaping and avoiding a myriad of obstacles.
Ironically, the first song/game was released on the same day that the Hussy Hicks community was ravaged by the Northern Rivers Floods, which saw the couple lose their house and recording studio to the raging waters, before paddling a kayak to rescue their elderly neighbour from the rising floodwater until further help arrived.
The second game released alongside ‘Capitulation’ is a choose-your-own-adventure, as the group road trips to their next festival performance. Players will be able to select their own journey, with over 100 unique narrative paths based on player choices, and 18 different endings offered, including a gig inside a dragon’s stomach!
The third game sees the Hussy Hicks battling again their perfect antagonist and alter-egos, the Hussy Hacks. Those who download the app will also be the first to hear and play the game to the third and final track ‘I Am Not a Dog’ from the upcoming EP.
‘Capitulation’ sees an exciting groove-laden change of direction for the band, with the song built around the brilliance of the guitar work of Julz Parker, underpinned by the hugely solid rhythm built by the ever-dependable Tracy Bassy on bass and the effervescent talents of Ali Foster on drums. The jewel in the crown however, is the signature vocal harmonies of the band’s key duet, Leesa Gentz and Julz Parker.
Lyrically, ‘Capitulation’ is a commentary on society’s trend away from individualism and people’s ongoing search for conformity, preaching from the same hymn sheet and being led like lambs down the social echo chamber at the expense of debate.
“Whether it’s algorithms, social engineering or just an inevitable by-product of society circa 2022 it seems nuance and questioning of ideas has fallen prey to binary tribalism,” said Julz Parker.
As far as the video is concerned, “I had always wanted to release a song with a playable ‘clip’. I think Tony Hawke pro skater was an influence and I remembered how much those songs became etched in my psyche as I played and played in an attempt to get a better score, and I wanted to recreate that in a fun and access able way for everyone”.
The band are touring across Australia to promote the EP, and tickets are available here.
HUSSY HICKS SAME BOAT EP AND APP TOUR
October 15 & 16 – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin NSW
October 21 – Sound City, Port Lincoln SA
October 22 – Rock the Ranges, Quorn SA
October 23 – Murray Delta Juke Joint, Goolwa SA
October 30 – Wolvi Stomp, Sunshine Coast, QLD
November 4 – Stag & Hunter, Newcastle NSW
November 5 – Patonga Blues Across The Bay, Patonga NSW
November 6 – Blues and Berries, Woolgoolga NSW
November 10- Froth, Bunbury WA
November 11 – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River WA
November 12 & 13 – Blues at Bridgetown, Bridgetown WA
November 15 – Perth Blues Club, Perth WA
November 16 – The Duke of George, Fremantle WA
November 18 – Star Court Theatre, Lismore NSW
November 19 – Regent Theatre, Murwillumbah NSW
November 20 – Mo’s Desert Clubhouse, Burleigh Heads QLD
November 25 – Manly Fig, Sydney NSW
November 26 – Upper Lansdowne Hall, Lansdown NSW
November 27 – Hoey Moey, Coffs Harbour NSW
Feature photo: fullonrockphotography/Andrew Fuller