Beautiful Girls a surfside success
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