It’s been a stunted start for Mat McHugh’s solo mission thanks to an untimely motor bike accident that left him bed ridden in the USA for a month.
The injuries have healed, the tour has been rescheduled and Mat is ready to bring his solo project out into the live forum and so he announces his Seperatista! Australian Album Tour.
Which brings us to SEPERATISTA!, a free-floating animal of rare sensitivity and grace, recorded with a band largely seconded from the Sydney jazz scene. Off-kilter drums, deep bass, horns, piano, organ, melodica and cello, flesh out Mat’s voice, acoustic guitar and occasional ukulele on an album rich in precious sonic details.
“What I’ve always done with The Beautiful Girls is to run as far as possible from what anyone thought we were. Trying my best to keep challenging myself and other people is incredibly important to me.”
Hence the surprising electricity of last year’s ZIGGURATS album, a disc that challenged old TBG fans while captivating a whole bunch of new ones.
Those old fans are likely to do backflips over the melodious syncopated acoustic grooves of the solo album.
“I thought it would be good to strip it all back and start again without the bells and whistles,” says Mat. “I also wanted to allow myself some musical freedom and collaborate with other musicians. It allows me to voice the singer-songwriter side of me that’s slowly being erased from The Beautiful Girls.”
Mat McHugh will hit the road through February and March 2009.
Wednesday 4th Feb
Old Manly BoatshedMANLY, NSW
40 The Corso, MANLY
Tickets $18 from http://www.theatlasagency.com
Doors open 7pm
Sunday 8th Feb
http://www.brassmonkey.com.au 115a Cronulla Street, CRONULLA
Tickets $18 from the venue 9544 3844
Doors open 7pm
Saturday 21st Feb
At the Beach, Scarborough Amphitheatre
SCARBOROUGH BEACH, WA
Scarborough Beach With Ian Moss
On stage 6.30pm
Sunday 22nd Feb
The Spiegeltent, Garden of Unearthly Delights
http://www.gardenofunearthlydelights.com.au Rundle Park, East Terrace, ADELAIDE
Tickets $22 + bf from 1300 FRINGE (1300 374 643) http://www.adelaidefringe.com.au
Friday 6th March
http://www.musicliveatjoes.com Memorial Drive, Tickets $20 + bf from 07 5442 8144, Joe’s Waterhole Gaming Lounge, Backbeat Records, Big Top Shopping Centre, Shake It Up Music, and http://www.theatlasagency.com
Doors open 7.30pm