A beau­ti­ful noise

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Music - Tyler Brown

BE­ING able to com­bine his love of surf, sum­mer and mu­sic has made tour­ing at this time of year “a bit of a tra­di­tion” for Mat McHugh.

For the past month, McHugh and The Beau­ti­ful Girls col­lec­tive have been vis­it­ing beach­side towns on the east coast with their Sum­mer Sound Sys­tem tour.

“It’s not hard work tour­ing in sum­mer re­ally, so it’s been pretty fun,” McHugh said.

“I feel like the mu­sic and the show and ev­ery­thing is get­ting closer to how I hear it in my head.

“It’s taken a long time and I’ve been ac­tively pur­su­ing it with 100 per cent of my en­ergy for over 10 years and it’s re­ally start­ing to get good now – it’s a good feel­ing.”

The tour backs up the Oc­to­ber re­lease of The Beau­ti­ful Girls’ fifth al­bum DancehallDays, which de­buted in the ARIA top 30 and was recorded with a PledgeMu­sic cam­paign.

“I thought ‘ ev­ery­one’s been so sup­port­ive, let’s see if they want to jump on and help out and get this made and they re­ally did in rapid fire,” McHugh said.

“It just hap­pened re­ally quickly and we went over the tar­get and I was able to find a space and put the al­bum to­gether.”

The Beau­ti­ful Girls will bring their Aussie reg­gae/roots sounds to Fly By Night in Fre­man­tle.

“Where you play has a lot to do with how the evening even­tu­ates. We want peo­ple to have a great time so we search out places that are go­ing to ac­cen­tu­ate the vibe we like to bring,” he said.

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