Beau­ti­ful Girls a surf­side suc­cess

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE ’N’ LOUD - – MARIA LEWIS

THE Beau­ti­ful Girls are known all around the world. They’ve toured with Jack John­son and can sell out shows in the US and Europe. But front­man Matt Mchugh says it was on the Gold Coast that the band first ‘‘made it’’. ‘‘That area, that part of the world, was the first place on the en­tire planet where The Beau­ti­ful Girls started do­ing well,’’ Mchugh says. ‘‘We started play­ing these small shows at the (Surfers Par­adise) Beer­gar­den that would sell out. We thought ‘Wow, if noth­ing else hap­pens for us we can just keep com­ing up to the Goldy’.’’ Other things did hap­pen for the surf roots rock­ers, who now have five al­bums un­der their belt and an in­ter­na­tional fan­base. Mchugh says it’s their authen­tic sound and ap­proach that has had them be­come one of Aus­tralia’s most suc­cess­ful un­der­ground exports. ‘‘We’re not pre­tend­ing to be from New York or Lon­don,’’ he says. ‘‘From Brazil to Coolan­gatta, all around the world, peo­ple can re­late to our mu­sic. The kind of mu­sic that I’ve al­ways wanted to write is rep­re­sen­ta­tive of how I grew up – on the beach and lis­ten­ing to reg­gae, punk rock and pop. I was never an angsty city kid. I was al­ways laid back and prob­a­bly even a lit­tle angsty sur­fie kid some­times.’’ Fans ex­pect­ing new mu­sic from the group are go­ing to have to wait a while, Mchugh says, with a new Beau­ti­ful Girls al­bum ‘‘not com­ing out for a while’’. That’s partly be­cause Mchugh has branched out on his own. His de­but solo al­bum was re­leased in 2008 and he re­leased a fol­low EP, Go Don’t Stop, early last year. As the song­writer, vo­cal­ist, gui­tarist and face of the The Beau­ti­ful Girls, Mchugh says it wasn’t much of a leap to record and per­form his own mu­sic. Go­ing on tour, how­ever, was an en­tirely dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence. ‘‘With The Beau­ti­ful Girls, we had built up our shows and crowd to a cer­tain point, so to go back and start from scratch was hum­bling,’’ he says. The high­light of his solo tour­ing, he says, was be­ing in­vited to join good friend John But­ler on tour in the US.

The Beau­ti­ful Girls play the Coolan­gatta Ho­tel to­mor­row at 8pm. Tick­ets are $30.

The Beau­ti­ful Girls

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