“O’Mara’s guitar playing is top notch… Tonks’…voice strong and assured throughout, which when combined with the deft instrumentation, stands Amarillo apart from the myriad other Americana acts coming out of Melbourne at the moment. There’s an adventurousness and a want to explore sonically that really defines this record… the results of which are laid bare here with an easy aplomb” - Samuel J. Fell
⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ The Age / Sydney Morning Herald
"All I Can See… is at times beautiful and heartbreaking… a heartfelt song from an artist to watch” 8/10, John Turnbull, Independent Australia
“Eyes Still Fixed is a quietly powerful and significant collection…” Rob Dickens, Listening Through The Lens / Music Mainline
“Each of the songs sounds like a glorious pas de deux between Tonks’s vocals and O’Mara’s guitars, each bringing out the best in each other as they dance… If art is meant to stir emotions and memories - to make us feel and think - Eyes Still Fixed is a piece of art, and deserving of that label.” Sophie Hamley, Jolene: The Country Music Blog
Amarillo is a Melbourne-based band formed in 2013, as a vehicle for Jac Tonks and Nick O’Mara’s songwriting.
Nick O’Mara is a founding member and songwriter in alt country favourites Raised By Eagles. A renowned local guitarist he has lent his skills on stage with Chris Altmann, Mick Thomas, Dan Parsons, and Hayward Williams to name a few. Jac Tonks is a songwriter, vocalist, and guitar player. Trent McKenzie joins them on bass, with Alex Rogowski on drums.
Amarillo’s self-titled EP, launched in 2014, won them supports with the likes of Charlie Parr during his visit to Australia, a run of shows with Mick Thomas (Weddings, Parties, Anything) and shows around Melbourne and in the Northern Territory and Western Australia. 2015 saw them playing shows in Barcelona and New York.
New L.P ’Eyes Still Fixed’ was written mostly on the road; in motel rooms across the top end, the Northern Territory and Western Australia, and scrawled on notebooks in trains across Spain and France. ‘Eyes Still Fixed’ touches on lyrical themes of friendship and love, isolation and distance, family and the irreversible loss of home.
The album was recorded with Shane O’Mara at his Yikesville studio, and produced by Shane and Amarillo. With layered acoustic and electric guitars on some tracks, and sparser instrumentation on others the album is song focused with the band steering their sound towards Jac and Nick’s shared love of jangly English pop - xtc, the Sundays, Johnny Marr - with a dose of Americana, showcasing Jac’s lyrical voice and Nick’s 1940’s Australian Maxim lap steel guitar and love of Stones era Ry Cooder.
Vocals, Guitar / Jac Tonks
Lapsteel, Electric & Acoustic guitars / Nick O'Mara
Bass / Trent McKenzie
Drums / Ralf Rehak
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