Women’s Wear Daily
04.19.2014
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A Stone's Throw

Teaming up struck the right note for a pair of siblings, Julia and Angus, from Down Under.

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With the kind of training these two have had, it’s no surprise it only took them two-and-a-half weeks to record A Book Like This, which also features drummer Mitchell Connelly and bass player Clay Macdonald. The Australian version was released in September 2007, followed by Europe in March 2008. The U.S. version will be slightly different, switching out a few tracks for songs from their 2006 EP Chocolate & Cigarettes. Coinciding with the U.S. release will be a cross-country tour.

Although they’ve only been to the States three times, they’ve already caught the attention  of Hollywood. Lipstick Jungle has featured their song “What You Wanted” on an episode this season, and Natalie Portman picked their song “The Beast” to be featured on her iTunes 16-song compilation charity album Big Change: Songs for FINCA (Foundation for International Community Assistance).

And their bohemian fashion sense certainly fits the Los Angeles lifestyle. “I’m obsessed with colorful dresses,” admits Julia. “I feel like I’m an optimistic person and I think it reflects the way I dress.” Her wardrobe is a combination of her grandmothers’ old dresses, thrift store finds and cheap bargains from elderly homes. “I know it sounds a bit dodgy, but there’s these really cool places where they make money for the nursing homes by selling the clothes of the people who’ve passed away.”

Angus also prefers wearing vintage, and over the past year has gone from a clean-shaven shaggy-haired surfer look to looking more like Grizzly Adams, sporting a big burly beard with long unkempt hair. “It’s just easier. I just let it be and it feels nice,” he says. “It’s fun to play with and the girls dig it.”


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