Three Q’s with Mat McHugh of …

The Beautiful Girls

When the tour bus containing The Beautiful Girls rolls into town next week, don’t expect a horde of models to be disembarking. Having been Australian favorites since their first release, Morning Sun, appeared in 2002, the Sydney-based band has been throwing forth their melodic beauty ever since. And with their reputation as being one of that country’s finest live acts, The Beautiful Girls were soon spreading their musical charm and splendor across the world.

The Beautiful Girls have taken their distinctive sound further down the road of musical progression with We’re Already Gone, their latest record. And, in so doing, they have graciously delivered another smart and evocative album that not only offers a collision of structure and riff, but one gloriously executed through a unique mix of art, dub, and rock. How will this all play out on stage? Venture along to SOhO on Tuesday, March 21 and see for yourself.

Your latest album We’re Already Gone is a little edgier than its predecessors. What’s the progression in the general sound of the music? I think we’re just basically trying to get better at what we do. We’re constantly trying to keep ourselves interested and enthusiastic and I think the best way to do that is to push ourselves and see what we’re capable of doing. I think we’d all get very bored putting out the same record over and over.

You’ve often cited Jack Johnson as an influence on your early recordings. So whom do you think Jack Johnson sounds like? I can hear a lot of different influences in Jack’s music but at the end of the day he just sounds like himself. No music stands alone and everything is informed by something else. It’s what you do with those influences that counts. I think Jack’s great.

Like all worthy art forms, music has a tremendous capacity to move and inspire. What influence would you like to think The Beautiful Girls’s music exerts upon its listeners? Well, hopefully people are entertained, inspired, and moved. We love music and it does a lot for all of us in the band. So we just hope we can transfer even a little bit of that feeling to somebody else.

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