Q&A Scene: Mathas

Tell us about your new single and tour?

I wrote my new song “Bravo Troll” banging away on this old wooden organ I’ve had in the shed for a number of years. After producing almost the entirety of my last album Armwrestling Atlas on a computer I’ve been craving writing on instruments again. It’s a track connecting the Troll character from children’s stories such as Three Billygoats Gruff, to the modern internet troll. The tour kicked off in Alice Springs at the Wide Open Space festival and moves on to Sydney, Newcastle, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane and the Big Pineapple Music Festival on the sunny coast. The Sydney & Melbourne shows are being run in conjunction with Cool Accidents Singles Club.

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

There’s a song in my set called Interplanetary Relations that tells the story of a couple making love on the beach with such intensity that it brings down a UFO. That song is really a meter for how well the set’s going. If the crowd get on board and vibe with it.. the rest of the night’s gonna be craaazay.

How would you describe your sound in food form and why? 
Likely a pasta with too many ingredients in it that probably shouldn’t go together but for some reason when you smash ‘em all in there it tastes pretty fuckin good. Definitely a few stinky cheeses in there and a bunch of pickled things.

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

Climbing to the top of a rocky hill to watch the sunset with 1500 people at Wide Open Space festival was really something. Particularly considering how high it was and how high most of the punters were.

What, or who, inspires you?

Things I see. The way I feel about said things. Mass communication. Desensitisation. Food. Double standards.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

Taman Shud by The Drones

What’s next for you?

Once the tour is over I’ll be finishing up a new EP called “Gripes with the Human Mind” and disappearing into the wilderness for a week with Diger Rokwell to write another new project with him. Hopefully one day soon Abbe May will let me do another song with her.

What’s your scene?

My scene is the scene of open-minded, positive energy projecting, outwardly friendly people. I don’t have time for all the others anymore.

Following the critical success of his sophomore album Armwrestling Atlas, Mathas begins 2016 with the release of his latest single ‘Bravo Troll’. The single continues Mathas’ exploration of the world around him, written on a 1979 Yamaha Electone C-35 Organ and recorded through a single stage microphone; ‘Bravo Troll’ explores the folklore of the troll. As Mathas’ explains:

“Once upon a time the Troll would hide under the bridge and threaten you on your way to the greener grass on the other side. Little has changed, only nowadays his intentions are a little less obvious.”

Following the release of ‘Bravo Troll’, Mathas will embark on his largest national tour to date, including performances at the Wide Open Space Festival, NT and Big Pineapple Music Festival, QLD. Set for late April, the shows will see Mathas take his renowned live performances to a new level, touring with his new three-piece live band for the first time.

Mathas has continued to stockpile accolades and critical acclaim. Armwrestling Atlas was awarded four stars from Rolling Stone Australia and The Brag, as well as being nominated for the Australian Music Prize long list (2015). Mathas was the first ever urban or electronic artist to win the WA Music Industry’s coveted Song of the Year Grand Prize with the song ‘Nourishment’, which also featured in Triple J presenter Dom Alessio’s Top 10 tracks of 2013. Mathas won consecutive WAMI Awards for Urban Act of the Year in 2012, 2013 and 2014. ‘Stone Cold Sober’ won ‘Best Film Clip’ at the WA Screen Awards, 2015.

Bravo Troll is the first single off Mathas’ Gripes with the Human Mind EP set for release in late 2016.


Happy, 123 Agency, Big Village & The Community presents ‘Mathas Trolling Australia Tour Dates’

Thursday 12th May 2016 – ‘Cool Accidents Singles Club’

Newtown Social Club – Sydney NSW *

Friday 13th May 2016 – The Small Ballroom – Newcastle NSW

Saturday 14th May 2016 – ‘Cool Accidents Singles Club’ Northcote Social Club – Melbourne VIC *

Sunday 15th May 2016 – (solo show) The Grace Emily – Adelaide SA

Friday 20th May 2016 – Amplifier Bar – Perth WA

Saturday 28th May (day) – Big Pineapple Music Festival – Sunshine Coast QLD

Saturday 28th May (night) – Black Bear Lodge – Brisbane QLD

* ’Cool Accidents Singles Club’ shows (Melbourne & Sydney) ticket buyers will receive special limited edition 7″ vinyl on entry

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