Q&A Scene: Gil Matthews

Billy Thorpe & Giants of Brit Rock

gil matthewsTell us about your new single/ album/ tour?   

Tours coming up  with  NORMIE  ROWE, MONDO ROCK and THE GO SHOW

How would you describe your sound in food form and why?

ROAST PORK WITH CRACKLING  ………….Tasty and at times hard

Which song resonates most strongly and why?  

WISH YOU WERE HERE……..Pink Floyd  (a passionate song with wonderful chords and feel)

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How would you describe your sound in food form and why?

ROAST PORK WITH CRACKLING  ………….Tasty and at times hard”

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Have you been touring much? Any on the road anecdotes? 

TOO MANY TO GO INTO……..read  Billy Thorpe’s books

Where do you draw inspiration from? 

MY INSPIRATION IS TO BE THE BEST I CAN AT WHAT I DO  (playing drums and guitar and sound MASTERING) 

What’s next for you? 

MASTERING, PLAYING AND TOURING WITH THE ABOVE ARTISTS

What’s your scene?   …..as a musician my favorite scene is to play in front of an audience…..no matter how big or small. I have played in front of 200,000 people down to 30 people.​

Gil Matthews, drums – Gil was of course a member of Billy Thorpe’s Aztecs for many years and followed that with three years in Mondo Rock. He is an astonishing drummer but also sings, is a guitarist, a record producer and invested much time and energy in re-releasing pivotal Australian music from the ‘70s and ‘80s through his Aztec International record label.

The Substitutes present

Giants of ‘60s British Rock Show

Featuring the music of The Hollies, The Kinks, Small Faces, The Who.

With special guests Steve Lucas (ex X), Gil Matthews (ex Billy Thorpe) and Dan Robinson (ex Wild Cherries).

Can you imagine a ’60s style package show featuring sets by The Hollies, The Kinks, Small Faces, The Who? Would that not be something?

Well Melbourne’s ’60s specialists, The Substitutes, have put together a show that presents a dazzling array of period music from these bands. To help out they have enlisted the legendary Steve Lucas (ex X), Gil Matthews (ex Billy Thorpe) and Dan Robinson (ex Wild Cherries).

So what can you expect? Pop harmonies from The Hollies, quirky English rock from The Kinks, ball tearing passion and soul from the Small Faces and finally, the explosive music of The Who.

Peter Summers has been driving The Substitutes to explore the areas of ’60s music that are often ignored and has specially curated the music to be presented in this show.

Expect some surprises!

Giants of Brit Rock play The Spotted Mallard this Saturday 28th November.

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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.

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