#81 & 82: Karen Anson & Ricky French

Vox/Guitar/Keys, Actor Slash Model

Originally Actor Slash Model was Karen, Ricky and a drum machine and they were great - insanely catchy pop with weird freak-out bits. After a while they recruited my good friend Phil Smiley on drums and I think his role was just as much about having a third person in the room keeping things sane as it was about drumming better than a machine.

Through Phil I got to know them both well and we became good friends. Some of my favourite Melbourne memories involve afternoon BBQs in Karen and Ricky's backyard - sun shining, bands playing, beers flowing.