The Beautiful Girls will release their fan-funded album ‘Dancehall Days’ in October.
Mat McHugh of The Beautiful Girls took to PledgeMusic to invite fans to contribute to the recording of the album in June. 71% of the raise has been earned to date with 30 more days to go.
The album to be called ‘Dancehall Days’ will be released on October 3 through MGM. “I started writing the next album with the intention of it being a Mat McHugh album but the songs started taking on a life and sound of their own,” said McHugh. “When I stood back from them I was able to see that I was being steered into a particular direction. They all sounded like ‘The Beautiful Girls’. It’s hard to explain it but I know it when I hear it. Spooky, dubby, digital dancehall tinged, rootsy, punky, reggae music mashed up with some mellow acoustic sea songs. In some ways it’s about reclaiming my musical identity”.
McHugh has sold over 250,000 albums between The Beautiful Girls and his solo work. He wants to now take his new music to the fans and will tour Australia following the release of the album. “To me, music is far too precious to exist in a box, I think a song is born and dies in a moment and in that, becomes a new definition,” he said. “Playing live, I never know what’s going to happen and that’s exactly the way I like it. As long as there is love there though, everything will be okay”.
The Beautiful Girls tour dates
October 1, Garbutt, Dairympie Hotel
October 2, Airlie Beach, Magnums Hotel
October 3, Cairns, Tanks Arts Centre
October 4, Caloundra Music Festival
October 16, Wollongong, Uni Bar
October 17, Sydney, The Metro
October 18, Newcastle, Cambridge Hotel
October 24, Melbourne, 170 Russell
October 25, Barwon Heads, Barwon Heads Hotel
November 7, Perth, Rosemount Hotel
November 8, Bridgetown, Blues At Bridgetown