“I had a strange childhood, we didn’t have much money and my father passed away when I was pretty young. My connection to him was music. We played together when I was a little kid and so I continued to play as I got older – it was my connection to him and the genesis of my life in music.” Man of the moment, Mat McHugh, opened a window into his inner psyche on the eve of The Beautiful Girls’ long-awaited fifth LP, Dancehall Days.
With the Birregurra Weekend Festival and Art Show only a stone’s throw away, we pounced on the opportunity to have a chat with the festival’s main man, Andrew Forssman. So grab yourself a bite to eat and come take a walk with us.
Stephen Cummings is a living legend of the Australian music scene, and now he is back with his brand new album entitled Nothing to Be Frightened Of. Taking a lot more of a raw feel to the songs, this album is a change of direction for Cummings and something that sounds very organic. Produced by the highly acclaimed Shane O’Mara, Cummings can’t wait to get back out on the road in support of the album.
Sunshine Coast two-piece act Cleveland Blues Music is coming to play a gig at their “second home” in Anglesea on the Surf Coast this weekend. Ihaia ‘Cleveland’ Pirere (singer, songwriter & guitarist) and Andrea ‘Bam Bam’ Norden (drums & percussion) form a deadly blues combination – and they’re ready to go “hell for leather”.
While he may have been absent from many of his high school classes Joss Russell, lead singer of Where’s Joss?, is giving it his all to make his band a big deal. “In Year Nine at school, I was very absent from a lot of classes. I was very lazy when it came to school, and I kind of still am now,” Joss adds with a laugh.
The Collingwood trio affectionately known as ‘The Piss’ is currently in a self-imposed hibernation. “We’re working on our new album at the moment,” revealed bassist Thomy Turtle during a Friday evening catch-up. “Actually, we haven’t started recording yet,” he added, before admitting their reasons for lying low at the moment are a little more homespun. “Our drummer Marty just had a baby, so we wanted to give him time to learn how to wipe arses and shit like that!”
Depending on where you stumble upon his name on the ‘net, Joel Creasey is either a Rock God or an Acid Tongue Prince. He’s certainly a funny fella. We were lucky enough to share a few laughs with the funnyman as he worked his magic abroad. Good news for locals, however, is that he has a show coming up next month.
Mildura jazz group, the Don Mayne Trio, formed when they were all studying at Uni, but it’s the boys who are the teaches now, bringing their love of jazz to the classroom. “The original trio started together at Uni. We went our separate ways for a few years doing musical projects, but then all ended up in Mildura teaching, so we decided to get the band back together and have been playing for the past three or four years as a trio,” says brassiest Don Mayne.
While everyone’s counting down the days to summer, here at Forte we’re counting down to Earthcore Music Festival. Who needs sunshine when you’re sweating it up under the tents and pumping beats? We had a chat with Stas from progressive psychedelic duo Da Vinci Code ahead of their performance at Earthcore.
Martha Brown, or Banoffee as she is better known in musical circles, is about to release her debut EP. With a couple of shows at the BIGSOUND music conference in Brisbane as well as some headline dates in Sydney and Melbourne and a spot at Paradise Music Festival, things are heating up ahead of the tour. There is a mix of emotions in Brown’s voice as we begin to chat.