> Lucy De Ville
has become somewhat of a cliché that if you have starred in
Neighbours you have to release a record, so why should
that change? Marcella Russo and Marisa Warrington are the
latest to try their vocal cords out in their new band Lucy
De Ville. Making up the three-piece is Shaun Gardener,
who has had success with local Melbourne based band 21/20,
and maybe less success as a Neighbours extra back in
the 80s. They all kindly invited me to the recording studio
to see them record their debut album, as well as to take some
time to chat about their music and their plans for Lucy De Ville…
Firstly how did the band name come about?
Marcella: The band was originally going to be called
Salvation Jane but there were two other bands with that name
in Australia. So I had a bit of a think and I thought it would
be kind of fun to use my nickname at work (Lucy) and after
going through a list of various option I came up with Lucy
De Ville during an afternoon sleep. The name was agreed on
by Shaun (Marisa wasn't in the band at that time) pretty much
I think cause we had a gig coming up and we needed a name.
is your nickname Lucy?
Marcella: The nickname Lucy came up from two different
sources at work. 1: our location camera man Geoffrey Biggs
nicknames pretty much everyone at work and when I introduced
myself as Marcella he said "hello Lucy" to which
I replied "Nice to meet you Daphne" and 2: one day
not long after that I was having a day of running into everything
and dropping all the props and Kevin looked up at me and said "Lucy
you got some 'splainin' to do" (a la Lucy Ball ) and
we kind of have been Ricky and Lucy at work ever since.
How did the band come about?
Marcella: Lucy De Ville started when my real life neighbour Shaun Gardener and I worked
together in an original band called Swallow. When that band broke up, we started
writing together and enjoyed the sort of music we were creating and the band
evolved from there.
you write all your own material?
genre would you say your music falls into?
Marcella: Acoustic, laid back, with a hint of jazz, a wee dram of pop, melodic,
Shaun: Acoustic pop.
Marisa: We often discuss this and I don't think it
falls into a particular genre but have you ever heard of the
band Pitch Shifter ? Well it's nothing like that.
are your main influences?
I'm a bit all over the shop in what I like to listen to but
when I write anything can influence from a band to the smell
of bread baking.
Shaun: Marisa and Chel - both of them bad influences.
Marisa: Sarah McLachlan, Jack Johnson, Gwen Stefani.
You recently did your first major performance
at the Neighbours Rocks For Aids concert, how was that for you?
Jonathon Dutton from Cranky Fish and Ben and co from Events
Australia pulled everything together so smoothly that all
we had to do was rock up and play and it was brilliant fun.
We had this huge rig that a big metal band playing the following
night lent us, so we had all this sound and all these lights
and room on stage - big fun! Also we had 3 talented, generous
musos who offered to play with us that night and we haven't
had a full band with LDV up til that point - so we were just
on this huge high.
Shaun: It rocked.
Marisa: I don't know - you were there Karl - how was
Karl: An amazing night of course!
you ever been tempted to break into a Lucy De Ville version of the Neighbours
theme at one of your gigs?
Haha! Never occurred to me.
Marisa: No but I've been tempted to break into one of
has been a lot of support on our message
board for you to tour the UK. Will you be bringing
Lucy De Ville over seas?
That was our original plan but although we have had a lot
support from fans we can't seem to get any of the promoters
interested so we will have to go to plan B… well, first we
have to work out a plan B, then we'll go to it.
Shaun: That's up to the powers that be.
Marisa: That's not true - I am touring the UK right
now - oh hang on that was just a dream. We would absolutely
love to tour the UK but we need a ground swell of support.
you are not touring the UK yet , are you doing gigs in and
around Melbourne. Where can people see you?
Marcella: We play at various venues and if you ever
want to find out where the next gig is just log on to www.lucydeville.com
and check out the gig section.
you have heard that Alan Fletcher and his band Waiting Room
had a massive response in the UK, what do you think to that
and their music?
Marcella: I saw how hard Alan worked to get the CD
ready and get everything together to go to England with the
band so I had my fingers crossed that it would all go well.
And in typical Alan Fletcher style - he did brilliantly. I've
got his CD in the player all the time - it's great!
Shaun: He's a talented guy and deserves every success.
Marisa: I am so proud of him - he's fabulous!
you are currently recording your album, what can you tell
us about that and how will people be able to get their hands
on a copy?
Marcella: We have been blessed by Phil Webster and
Risk Studio- who have pretty much allowed us to run rampant
in their studios and James Ashton, who jumped on board and
offered to record and produce the album with us. I mention
this because it was so great to find people who believed in
our music and because there is no way that we could accomplish
this without them. It is sounding great by the way and we
will be putting little snippets up at various times on the
LDV site for some sneak previews. At the moment we are only
planning to release the album through our website and CD baby.com
- but if anything further happens along those lines, we will
definitely let you know.
What are your hopes for Lucy De Ville?
Marcella: I hope we will write and perform the music
that I love and that it will find a home in the world.
Shaun: Just to do the album and take the band on tour…
and maybe a number one in Europe and America… you know, not
Marisa: I want to finish the album and take the band
on tour and I want Robbie Williams to stop hassling me to
do a duet with him!
the Lucy De Ville website here
by Karl. Added on 23rd July 2005