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The Beautiful Girls band arrives in Breck Tuesday

LESLIE BREFELDsummit daily news
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BRECKENRIDGE – In their first headlining tour of the United States, Australia-based band The Beautiful Girls hits Sherpa & Yeti’s Tuesday night.The band just released its fourth album called, “We’re Already gone,” following the 2004 release of the album, “Learn Yourself.”Frontman Mat McHugh said, “The album before this one was really stripped back and acoustically really raw. We wanted more instrument action and a bit of a darker sound as well as the elements we love – hip-hop, blues and reggae.”McHugh is joined by fellow Aussies Clay McDonald on bass, Mitch Connelly on drums and Brazilian harmonica player Felipe.The band’s name is a statement in itself. “Some bands try to make music a sport,” McHugh said. “Like the toughest sounding band name is the winner. It’s more of a joke than anything calling it Beautiful Girls – to have a bit of a laugh.”The band has been heavily touring around the country the last few years and is now kicking off the Yellow Snow Tour, which continues until April.Songwriter McHugh said he draws his material from everyday life and tries to create an inclusive atmosphere at their shows. He said he’s more interested in making an environment where everyone’s caught up in the act and is a part of it.

“Certain shows, people want the audience to adore and applaud them. I’m not down with that.”We try to honor that moment in the same room and make the best of it and have a good time,” he said.The Yellow Snow Tour also features reggae artist Mishka and the Teton Gravity Research movie, “Tangerine Dream.” Tuesday’s show at Sherpa’s opens with the Southern rock of Shurman.Tickets are $6 in advance and available at Affordable Music in Dillon, Space Cowboy in Breckenridge or through http://www.sherpaandyetis.com. Tickets are $8 at the door.Liven up the week

n What: The Yellow Snow Tour featuring The Beautiful Girls and reggae artist Mishka; opening with Southern rock band Shurmann When: Tuesday, doors open at 8 p.m.; show starts at 9n Where: Sherpa & Yeti’s, BreckenridgeLeslie Brefeld can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13622, or at lbrefeld@summitdaily.com.Yellow Snow Tour artist album review

Mishka, “One Tree,” produced by Mishka and Felix Tod (Cornerstone RAS)Mishka comes to his reggae voice naturally. Though he was born to Canadian parents, he was raised mostly on a sailboat that cruised around the Caribbean. It is an excellent voice – laid-back and spirited, rich and unique.On “One Tree,” however, Mishka’s voice is awkwardly backed by a production that is heaviest on programmed drums and keyboard. The sounds themselves grate, and they are a poor match for Mishka’s rootsy voice and pretty songs. This is a shame, because a lot more can be built from Mishka’s talents, which even include a decent shot at soul sounds on “Rock With Me.” For proof, check out his self-titled, 1999 debut, and the excellent song “Give You All the Love.”The Beautiful Girls, “We’ve Already Gone,” produced by Mat McHugh and Ian Pritchett (San Dumo/Silverback)On “We’ve Already Gone,” Australian band the Beautiful Girls starts with a base of rhythms and Mat McHugh’s mellow vocal delivery, both stemming clearly from reggae. But on this, their debut U.S. release, the Girls – an all-male band – deftly add tricks from rock, pop, soul, hip-hop, blues, folk and dub to make a wide-ranging, interesting record. The reggae influence really ties it together, even if the songs themselves, lyrically anyway, only occasionally have much to do with reggae traditions. – Stewart Oksenhorn/Pitkin County correspondent


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