Matt McHugh and The Beautiful Girls
Hotel Great Northern | Saturday 15 Feb
Fans have been asking singer, songwriter and guitarist (actually multi-instrumentalist) Mat McHugh of The Beautiful Girls whether there was any chance of releasing an album on vinyl, and now, to celebrate the first 20 years of the band, he’s done better than that – he’s pulled together his favourite tracks from across all five albums, as well as the debut EP, and thrown in an acoustic version of the 2018 single, Beautiful World. This special compilation, titled Seaside Highlife: Greatest Hits, Volume One was released in December. Seaside Highlife is representative of a particular era of the band,’ McHugh explains, ‘and a stepping-off point for the next one. That’s why we put Volume One in the title. To top it off, the artwork has photos from right across The Beautiful Girls’ career. What I really wanted to do with a ‘best of’ is… I really wanted to create a good introduction to The Beautiful Girls for people, and what better way than to have it on vinyl? If you’ve never heard of the band, and want to hear it at its highest quality and best sound ever, this is the way.’
So, what do you do when you release an album like Seaside Highlife, Greatest Hits Volume One? You take it to the people, large as life, and twice as much fun. ‘We’re basically going play the album – four sides, double vinyl – all of it, in order, but we’ll also rotate some songs off other records, every night, which will be really nice. So we’re taking out an expanded six-piece lineup; guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, and horn section. We’ve kept it basic the past couple of years and done it as a three-piece, but a lot of this music has detail and a lot of layers to it, from We’re Already Gone onwards – there are keyboards and horn sections – so I’m excited to play that whole arc, from the beginning to the end of the record, to try and cover that in a live set.
‘In putting this record together there hasn’t been a corner cut artistically, and I’m approaching the tour in the same way. I want to really celebrate what’s been achieved and have a party before I begin the next volume. It’s gonna be like the Rolling Thunder Revue! It’s going to be like a travelling circus through Australia in the summertime, which is completely befitting really. It’s exactly the environment for The Beautiful Girls. It’s the perfect way to spend summer.’
The Beautiful Girls play the Hotel Great Northern on Saturday, 15 Feb – full interview next week! Tickets from www.thebeautifulgirls.com
Hot Potato Band
Byron Brewery | 7pm | Sunday
Hot Potato Band is a brass band like no other. Beginning their journey as street performers, the ten-piece band from Sydney have been twice around the literal and figurative block. Like a muscle, the festival favourites have exercised their musicianship and showmanship, and for years have left lasting impressions on audiences around the world.
They are incredibly proud of their all-acoustic lineup. An energetic amalgamation of catchy music, cool lyrics, infectious dance moves, engaging interaction and the breaking down of barriers between stage and audience is what sets Hot Potato Band apart. Although difficult to describe their genre, HPB continues to compile their arsenal of songs inspired by pop, funk, ska and reggae, binding them through the classic instrumentation of New Orleans’ brass bands.
The band’s unique sound is built on the backs of three drummers and a sousaphone, along with an array of horns, covering catchy chorus-lines and providing a beautiful harmonic cloud for Ben (the vocalist) to float above. They are not a band who ever shy away from a good time. They play at theByron Brewery on Saturday at 7pm.
Bootcamp for Composers
Applications close, 1 March 2020
Screenworks’ annual Screen Composing Bootcamp is designed to support the professional development of four regionally-based composers. Now in its third year, this is the first time the program has been opened to composers from anywhere in regional Australia. The program is delivered by Screenworks, with support from APRA AMCOS.
Professional screen composers Amanda Brown (Babyteeth, The Secrets She Keeps), Matt Blackman (No Activity, Mr Black), Tim Count (Surfing The Menu, 3rd Night) and Petra Salsjö (Miro, The Telegram Man) will provide one-to-one mentoring to the four selected participants. The mentors will assist with skills development, as well as provide opportunities to increase the experience and confidence of the participants in order to advance their capacity for composing music for the screen. Participants will travel, to shadow their mentors in their studios, meet with other professional composers, attend meetings, and immerse themselves in the business of screen composing.
Screenworks and APRA AMCOS acknowledge the need to address the gender imbalance within the Australian and New Zealand music industry. To help address the significant under-representation of women working as screen composers, at least 50 per cent of the selected participants will be female.
To apply, visit www.screenworks.com.au