Q&A Scene: Mat McHugh ~ THE BEAUTIFUL GIRLS

Tell us about your upcoming tour 15th Anniversary Tour?

It’s basically about celebrating the fact that our debut recording came out 15 years ago. We’ve been blessed to be able to tour and release music for a little while now and we just felt like celebrating the fact. We’re not going to be playing the albums in track order but we’ll be playing most of the songs from those albums as well as all the songs people want to hear from our other albums too. Importantly, we’ll be playing this tour as a stripped back 3 piece. Guitar, bass and drums. Just like it was back in the day. Only better I hope !

What’s your favourite work at this point in time?

La Mar ( the ocean ) is probably the one that most people would recognise. Its super simple harmonically but the chord progression and the lyrics have something about them that don’t seem to date. Really simple and honest which are the two things I aspire to with every song I write. I’ve probably played it 99% of shows I’ve done, Worldwide, since that song came out. I’m happy that it’s a song Im proud of because that wouldn’t be a fun situation if I thought the song sucked.

Tell us a quick, in the studio or on-the-road anecdote.

You must be fkn joking …

What, or who, inspires you to create?

I just like music. The music I love makes my life better. I do it because it’s fun and I’m interested in getting better at it. Lot’s of things bore me but music never has.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

Probably Happy Birthday. I’d be so loaded I could just make endless weird music in my giant mansion and release it for free. I’d never tour though. I’d be invisible to all but my family and friends. That sounds pretty cool to me.

What’s next for you?

After the tour ? Mmm, not sure. New music for sure. Not sure what name it will come out under though. I usually do the music first and figure out all the other stuff later.

What’s your scene?

‘No scene’ is my scene. Always has been, na mean ?

 

It was 2002 when Australian roots rock trio The Beautiful Girls made their debut release Morning Sun – a melting pot of sunny surf sounds and refreshing reggae undertones – which established the band’s unique aesthetic. The title track quickly became a staple on Australia’s National Youth Radio station Triple J and, with the impetus of fan favourite Periscopes, Morning Sun quickly climbed to Number 1 on the Australian Independent Album chart – staying there for months.

In 2003 The Beautiful Girls released the band’s first full length album, Learn Yourself. The album went on to become a ground-breaking success, debuting at Number 1 on The Australian Independent Album chart, knocking Morning Sun out of the way to do so, and was selected to be ‘feature album’ on Triple J.

“..these Girls have a welcome gift for melody, compelling prose and appealing presentation. Beautiful indeed.” – All Music

“The album is pure, well, euphoria.” – Sputnik Music

Numerous number 1 albums, ARIA and APRA nominations, glowing reviews and several International tours later, The Beautiful Girls have chosen to pay homage to their roots by touring the songs from the now Gold Certified, seminal Morning Sun EP and Learn Yourself album along with other selected crowd favourites from the extensive catalogue. Summer of 2017 / 2018 is the perfect time to celebrate the joint 15th anniversaries of these milestone releases.

On the journey from first release until today The Beautiful Girls have gained a worldwide core of avid fans as well as those of the Jack Johnson, Ben Harper and Xavier Rudd tribes. The sound of the band has been described as ‘raw, spooky, rootsy, punky, reggae, dubby’ and is complemented by the unique, vibrant voice of front man and creative force Mat McHugh.

The Beautiful Girls outfit will return from their European tour to hit the road Down Under over Summer 2017 / 2018, fittingly, to perform the surf-roots-reggae Morning Sun and Learn Yourself sounds that originally thrust them into the limelight, winning over the admiration of the nation.

SELECT TOURING 
Get your tickets here: http://selecttouring.com.au/tours/the-beautiful-girls/

THE BEAUTIFUL GIRLS ‘Learn Yourself / Morning Sun XV’ 15th Anniversary Tour with Special Guests

 

 

Thursday 7th December 2017 (18+)
The Gov, Adelaide SA (18+)

Friday 8th December 2017
Rosemount Hotel, Perth WA (18+)

Saturday 9th December 2017
Dunsborough Tavern, Dunsborough WA (18+)

Sunday 10th December 2017
The Northshore Tavern, Hillarys WA (18+)

Saturday 16th December 2017
The Metro Theatre, Sydney NSW (18+)

Thursday 28th December 2017
Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford QLD (All Ages)

Thursday 4th January 2018
Miami Marketta, Miami, Gold Coast QLD (18+)

Friday 5th January 2018
Great Northern Hotel, Byron Bay NSW (18+)

Saturday 6th January 2018
Coffs Harbour Hotel, Coffs Harbour NSW (18+)

Sunday 7th January 2018
Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle NSW (18+)

Thursday 11th January 2018
Villa Noosa, Noosaville QLD (18+)

Friday 12th January 2018
The Zoo, Brisbane QLD (18+)

Sunday 14th January 2018
Redland Bay Hotel, Redland Bay QLD (18+)

Thursday 18th January 2018
Wool Exchange, Geelong VIC (18+)

Friday 19th January 2018
Westernport Hotel, San Remo VIC (18+)

Saturday 20th January 2018
Corner Hotel, Melbourne VIC (18+)

Sunday 21st January 2018
Grand Hotel, Mornington VIC (18+)

PRESENTED BY SELECT TOURING For more information: http://selecttouring.com.au/tours/the-beautiful-girls/

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