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Sydney Morning Herald MAY 11, 2009 - by Louise Schwartzkoff
AFTER A KANGAROO CURRY, A REFRESHING DOSE OF ENO
With a month to go before the band Sine performs in front of fifteen hundred people at the Opera House, the singer and guitarist Liam O'Connell is still wondering if the whole thing is a hoax - perhaps the work of a bitter former girlfriend.
O'Connell was at home in Melbourne, making a kangaroo curry, when the Opera House called with the news.
Brian Eno, famous for his work with David Bowie, U2 and Coldplay, had seen Sine perform on YouTube and wanted them to join the line-up at his inaugural Luminous festival.
"I didn't believe it and I started laughing," O'Connell says. "When I tell people about it, I feel like a raving lunatic. I feel like they're looking at me and thinking I should lay off the herb."
Sine, one of seven Australian bands selected by Eno as special guests and supporting acts, will share the bill with the Grammy Award-winning reggae and dub artist Lee Scratch Perry at the Opera Theatre on June 11.
For a band that rehearses in the bass player's bedroom and performs mostly in pubs and regional festivals it is a big leap.
"It sort of restores my faith in the music world that something like this could actually happen," O'Connell says.
"You get jaded about how the industry works. You're just a drop in the ocean and you think no one of influence is interested.
"We never imagined someone like Brian Eno would even take a look at us."
Sine was formed two years ago as an informal jamming outfit. It is a motley crew of full-time and part-time musicians, most of whom teach to make ends meet. They have poured their earnings into their first EP, which they hope will be ready for Luminous.
"We're looking at this as an opportunity to be heard, and we're going to try to milk this for all it's worth," O'Connell says. "But even if nothing else comes of it, at least we will have played at the Opera House. You don't get a chance like that every day."