TICKETED SHOW: CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS MATTY T WALL BAND (WA) “undoubtedly, one of the most inspired musicians of this generation” - Bluebird Reviews The blues is music that travelled on trains
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MATTY T WALL BAND (WA)
“undoubtedly, one of the most inspired musicians of this generation” – Bluebird Reviews
The blues is music that travelled on trains and steamboats from the Mississippi Delta to the neon streets of Memphis, Chicago and St. Louis. For MattyTWall – a guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and bandleader – it is the supernatural sound that crossed the ocean to Perth, Australia to ignite his imagination and give power to his art. A young man with an old soul: Matty is connected to music with a wealth of history as he distills a diversity of genres into his own blues-influenced soul, jazz and rock signature.
His points of references are wide; he has studied and played a spectrum of styles including flamenco, swing jazz and funk, and he attests to a love for “heavier things” in his youth, bands like Metallica and Sepultura among them. But he remembers how the musicians he admired would honour the blues masters who came before them. And following the trail of Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan backwards, he was hooked. “I discovered Robert Johnson and he made the hair on the back of my neck stand up,” he remembers. “I got into the blues and have never gotten out of it.”
As a guitarist, Matty wrings raw emotions from single notes, stretching and bending the strings of a Les Paul into sounds both persuasive and human. While he is capable of blazingly fast leads, he also drives the beat with percussive punctuation and solid assurance. With his vocals, he coils along the lines of the guitar. “I enjoy using my voice as another instrument,” he avows.
In performance, Matty fronts a band of seasoned pros to support his songs. While the music that Matty plays has roots in the past, he is a very much an artist in the present. Through his reverence for historic musical forms, he is not emulating, but redefining these sounds, as he introduces classic genres to new listeners and invests them with his own trademark.
With the release of his latest CD ‘Sidewinder’, Matty is writing a new chapter in the musical narrative, revealing the power of his expanding artistry through guitar, voice, band and songs. Key to the sound of ‘Sidewinder’ is the presence of legendary Grammy-winning producer-engineer Bob Clearmountain. Famed for his work with the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and David Bowie among hundreds of other platinum artists, it is testimony to Matty’s musical integrity that Clearmountain provides the sonic sparkle that reveals ‘Sidewinder’ in all of its gritty glory.
MattyTWall is headed toward the proverbial destination of the bluesmen: the crossroads. “I am like an elastic band pulled really tight, ready to go,” he says. “That’s how I feel about my music.”
” Australian-born guitarist Matty T. Wall proves the blues is alive and well Down Under….Infectious chops and a swagger that’s soulful enough to rival that of any blues-fueled, American shredder.” – Guitar World Magazine, International
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