Q&A Scene: Matt Welch ~ THE GOOD MINUS

Tell us about your ‘Self-titled’ debut album ?

This album is a collection of songs we wrote over the last few years. While recording the album and writing songs we decided that our focus as a band should be performing and writing songs that feature three-part harmonies. While recording we tried to keep extra instrument overdubs to a minimum so that most of the songs would have a similar sound and feel to how we perform them live. 

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

We’re very proud of the ‘Mechanical Shark’ film clip at the moment which was filmed and edited by Sam Rogers. For me (Matt) my favourite work is usually our newest song. From the album, ‘Catch Us Up’ has been one that hasn’t overstayed its welcome. It’s our oldest song on the album but also one of our favourites.

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

This isn’t a particular story but just some insight into how we work. I (Matt) am quite slap dash and like getting things done. David is a perfectionist and spent many hours recording and mixing our album. If it wasn’t for him it wouldn’t have sounded as great as it does. Stu is somewhere in the middle so he’s our ‘voice of reason’. I think although we’re quite different, the personality and trait differences mean we complement each other and work well as band, balancing each other out.

What, or who, inspires you?   

For me (Matt) as a parent I’m inspired by my children and they have been an inspiration for some of my latest songs as well as childhood memories and growing up in the Northern Territory. My lack of free time also forces me to be productive with the little time I have.

Which song do you wish you wrote?    

I (Matt) wish I wrote God Only Knows.

What’s next for you?    

We’ve got some new songs so hopefully another album down the track once Dave recovers from recording and mixing this one.

What’s your scene?    

Kean Studios or The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Self-titled album, The Good Minus, released today!

Catch The Good Minus on Friday 11th of October – The Wesley Anne, Northcote w/ Anna Cordell

After months of recording and mixing, The Good Minus are primed to share their debut album. The record will be released on Friday the 27th of September and launched at the The Wesley Anne, Northcote on Friday the 11th of October with Anna Cordell supporting. It is a collection of harmony rich and multi-layered songs. Recorded and engineered by the band’s bassist, David Kean, with tracks mixed by Greg J Walker (Machine Translations) and

Rohan Sforcina (Head Gap Studios). The album was mastered by Alan Douches of West West Side Music NY (Sufjan Stevens, Midlake, LCD Soundsystem). 

“(The Good Minus) have succeeded in creating a perfect indie song.”  – We Love That Sound

“A gorgeous piece with faultless production and a great sonic mix of musicians… a stunning piece of work.” – Ultraviolet

Lush harmonies…. Johnny Greenwood/Radiohead-esque lead guitar parts.” – Divide and Conquer Music  

BIO:

The Good Minus are an all-singing, instrument-swapping power trio. Their songs feature intricate three-part harmonies with a style described as Grizzly Bear reimagining the songs of Elbow. 

The Good Minus bring you their own inventive take on angular prog-pop. Matt Welch, David Kean and Stu Hazelman blend wildly different influences to create multi-layered arrangements, with three-part vocal harmonies and obscure yet groove-laden time signatures.

UPCOMING SHOWS:

Friday 11th of October – The Wesley Anne, Northcote w/ Anna Cordell Official Site | Facebook | Bandcamp

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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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