Q&A Scene: Mathew Farry ~ MAN Vs SYNTH

Tell us about your new single ‘Perfect Picture’ and forthcoming ‘Self-titled’ EP?

Perfect Picture is basically just a love found, love lost song. I was dating a girl a couple of years ago and I could see the ‘Perfect Picture’ of us being together. She had to move away and subsequently that picturesque future was shattered. The song itself is a throwback to an 80s sound with the Juno pads and Moog bass line but with a more modern edge to it. 

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

We’ve been writing a song called Fiery Tongues that’ll hopefully come out in the next year or so. We’ve been really digging that at the moment. It messes around with different rhythms imposed on each other and sounds pretty engaging to us. From the record has to be Perfect Picture, which is why we chose it for the single. 

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote from the EP recording. Perfect Picture just took forever to write. No ideas were making sense. One weekend Sam and I headed down to Phillip Island to write and record a bunch of tracks and maybe there’s something in the air down there but everything just clicked – the whole song came together. 

What, or who, inspires you? The main artist that inspires me has to be John Frusciante. Everything he does is amazing and I can’t get enough. From amazing funky/rock tracks in the Chili Pep- pers to his breathtaking solo career. His love and obsession with music is infectious. Otherwise, I feel a strong amount of intrinsic motivation. Writing music has been and will always be something I do whether professionally or for myself. It just comes out and its been a great experience to piece together a body of work that’s hopefully en- joyable for people. 

Which song do you wish you wrote?

Weird Fishes/Arpeggi. That song gave me shivers down my spine when I heard it. Its so beautiful with a touch of bittersweet. 

What’s next for you?

More music to write as always! We’re working on a bunch of new material that we’d love to get out ASAP. We’re super keen to start gigging seriously soon as well. 

What’s your scene?

Anything to do with the Melbourne music scene – we love this place and we’re here to stay.

“For fans of early Midnight Juggernauts, you’re going to have a field day with Man vs Synth. The three-piece are equally anthemic as they are confident in their own musical showmanship. Perfect Picture is a grand, sweeping musical movement that showcases beaming synth strikes and drumming that rattles you to the very core.” AAA Backstage 

New artist, Man vs Synth, has announced their first self-titled EP. 

Melbourne-based Indie Synth Pop outfit Man Vs Synth have written, recorded, and produced this ambitious debut EP themselves. Man vs Synth, frontman Mathew Farry has engrossed himself in the project for over a year and half with the inspiration for the EP emerging from personal experiences, proclaiming stories of love found, love lost and loneliness. 

The lead single, Perfect Picture, draws influence from 80s synth pop, fusing analogue and acoustic sounds to produce a contemplative and ethereal piece. Combining cavernous synthesiser tones with piercing guitar refrains – a heavy emphasis on rhythm resides at the core of this project that sees Man vs Synth venture into seldom-explored, genre- defying territory. 

“The EP explores life, death and rebirth. That feeling of going over the edge because you’re burnt out and you can see everything around you falling apart” says Farry. “It came to a point where there was some stuff happening in my personal life and I just knew I had to put them into a song and that it was only something I could sing. The first song I wrote and recorded was Perfect Picture and it was definitely the hardest one to write but the most rewarding.” 

Man Vs Synth release the ‘self-titled’ EP on Friday 14th June – available on Spotify and Apple Music. 

Official Website: www.manvssynth.com/

Facebook: facebook.com/manvssynth

Instagram: @manvssynth

Twitter: @manvssynth 


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Mary is a photographer and a writer, specialising in music. She runs Rocklust.com where she endeavours to capture the passion of music in her photos whether it's live music photography, promotional band photos or portraits. She has photographed The Rolling Stones, KISS, Iggy Pop, AC/DC, Patti Smith, Joe Strummer, PULP, The Cult, The Damned, The Cure, Ian Brown, Interpol, MUDHONEY, The MELVINS, The Living End, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, The Stone Roses –just to name a few - in Australia, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Her work has been published in Beat magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Triple J magazine, The Age Newspaper, The Herald Sun, The Australian, Neos Kosmos, blistering.com, theaureview.com, noise11.com, music-news.com. She has a permanent photographic exhibition at The Corner Hotel in Richmond, Victoria Australia.