Australian artist, Matthew Garrod, has just dropped new track This Town, which is from the very polished indie, pop-rock EP, Canyons, which will come out later in the year. Matthew spoke to The Fountain about the new track as well as what we can expect from this exciting EP release.

TF: A new single, how exciting, what has the reception been like so far? 

I couldn’t be happier with how well This Town has been received so far. It’s not only my first single since 2014 but also a very different sound to what people have heard in the past.

TF: What inspired you to title it This Town, which town are you referring to?

It seems fitting that I moved to London from Perth Western Australia and released a song that appears to refer to a town that I’ll steer clear of. This isn’t the case at all.

The ‘town’ I’m referring to is any environment or situation you find yourself trapped in. Personally I’ve found that as a musician, the pressure to fit into a very specific mould (or these days ‘playlist algorithm’) is huge and in some cases can stunt the creative process.

I started writing This Town about four years ago and then shelved it as I couldn’t write a chorus that didn’t sound dark and a little morbid.  When I came back to it in 2018 I decided to counteract the cynicism of the track with a much more uplifting melody.

TF:And will you be promoting this with a list of exciting tour dates? 

Definitely, I am playing in Budapest on the 20th April and have announced a show in London on the 20thMay. Once Canyons is released I will be announcing an official tour. Dates coming soon.

TF: Where has been your favourite gig to date? 

I remember playing a show in a tiny Perth beach backpackers hotel a couple of years back on a night that we felt too exhausted to play the show. 

In one of the tracks there is a group vocal part and I taught the crowd what to sing and where in the song.  The crowd chanted the part so loudly that we couldn’t finish the song – they just wanted it to keep going. Even as we were packing up people were coming up to us, putting their arms around us and singing this part. It was magical. 

TF: And this is all part of EP, Canyons, what can we expect from the EP? 

I’m very excited about Canyons. As my first EP as a solo artist (outside of my band Oak Tree Suite), the six tracks are quite special to me.  

Expect six unique tracks that have just enough consistency to know they belong together. I tracked the EP with James Newhouse (produced The Waifs Ironbark) in rural Western Australia, so it is a very relaxed, raw sound with plenty of synth hooks, glimmering ambience and big choruses.