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Members: Melanie Forbes & Nicci Heffernan.
Roots: In the early '90's, Forbes who comes from new Zealand's Te Awamutu ("Finn Country") was playing in Mango a rock swing combo, backing bluesman Midge Marsden. The roadshow made its way to Queenstown when she lost her voice. Enter Heffernan. "I'm a farmers daughter (from Central Otago, 'the high country'), so I'd just finished agricultural college. I'd started to work in a duo with this Maori guy called 'Charlie Marley'. Then mango came to town; all of a sud-den I was in this band, in front of big crowds.
We did that for eight, maybe 10 months, before Mel shifted to Sydney in 1994". Heffernan followed soon after. Releases: Zephyrtown (EP 1999)
Influences:
According to Forbes: "I never used to like pop music. I grew up on Ry Cooder and Rickie Lee Jones, as a 14-15 year-old. My mother was a folkie, you see." As for Heffernan: "I used used to put the headphones on as a kid and sing along to my parents' Elvis, Bill Haley and Abba records. Then I used to dash down to the shearing sheds and do my own concerts to an audience of thousands."
File under: Grown up, melancholic pop; Natalie Merchant, with just a hint of the Indigo Girls. Forbes: "It's definitely the music of abondon-ment, it's a lot about coming here (to Australia) Natalie Merchant is kind of our area, although we'd like to be a bit edgier that that."
- JEFF APTER



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