Mat McHugh, The Beautiful Girls’ founder/singer/songwriter, has just released his first solo work. Seperatista!, includes ten songs that we think are fantastic. Read on and enjoy getting to know Mat as he took time to answer a few questions for Rocklopedia!
! (Fill in the blank) Mat McHugh’s music is ________.
Mat McHugh: Simple and true.
! How did you come up with the name for the new album, Seperatista! ?
Mat McHugh: It’s kind of a play on an album by The Clash called Sandanista! crossed with the fact that I consider myself somewhat of a separatist for working outside the confines of my ‘day job’ (Australian band The Beautiful Girls).
! Does the album cover art have special meaning behind it?
Mat McHugh: It has elements of things that mean a lot to me but to explain those things in simple terms would dilute some of their mysterious powers. Plus they may mean different things to somebody else and I don’t want to ruin it for them.
! Whose music gets you excited now?
Mat McHugh: Lately I’ve been gettin ginto a New Zealand reggae band called Fat Freddy’s Drop. Also there is a band from Boston called State Radio that I absolutely love. One of the best rocks bands around.
! What are some of your passions outside of music?
Mat McHugh: Surfing mainly. Probably if I had to pick between the two, it would be surfing.
! What’s the most bizarre thing to happen while you were performing onstage?
Mat McHugh: One of my friends from Australia once got onstage with us and stood completely still and smoked cigarette after cigarette the entire show. Expressionless. Naked.
! What should fans look forward to in 2009 and beyond?
Mat McHugh: Just a lot of touring and getting my name out there. I have a lot of songs ready for album number two so there will hopefully be some recording also. I just kind of want to keep busy.
Thanks Mat! We are really enjoying listening to your solo work!