Matt Cal
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Matt Cal

Perth, Western Australia, Australia | SELF

Perth, Western Australia, Australia | SELF
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Matt Cal @ Indi Bar Scarborough

Scarborough, Western Australia, Australia

Scarborough, Western Australia, Australia

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08
Matt Cal @ Fremantle Art Centre

Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia

Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia

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Finally, a projector screen dropped down by the red drapes on the stage and after a brief introduction by Matt Cal himself, the long-awaited video of Kimberley Moon began. Beautiful strumming combined with shots of various Australian landscapes including the beach, the bush and the open road had the audience transfixed.
Containing songs off the upcoming album Overdrive, the harmonica-infused ambient roots set was well rounded, and effectively used light and shade. The opening track Alive, with its uplifting beat and John Butler feel captured the audience’s attention and put a smile on their faces. The optimistic Sunshine got the crowd on the dance floor, and had heads bopping along.

There was a distinct Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young feel with the band’s “own Kris Kristofferson”, Chris Parkinson adding a special touch with his frenzied harmonica playing. A touching moment was the solo performance of the love song Tonight with a whistling introduction and closure. Unfortunately, it did not seem to hold the attention of the rowdy crowd that was hungry for action. A cover of I Come from the Land down Under got the crowd enthused again, and the slowing of the tempo added a beautiful nationalistic sentiment, often concealed by the silliness of the original.

The set took a decidedly heavier turn with the dark sounds of Dirty Blues. With an interesting monologue at the beginning, the band launched into a heavy tune with intense guitar shredding reminiscent of Jimmy Page’s solo in In my Time of Dying .
A clever rendition of Riders on the Storm received the approval of the older audience members, although those unfamiliar with Jim Morrison did not seem to appreciate it.
Overall the performance was very crowd-pleasing, the crowd including enthusiastic members of Miche Suite and Goose.
- Faster Louder


Slide guitars, harmonicas, and Delta blues so raw it left you with chafing the next day. That was the tone of Ash Grunwald’s second of two Perth shows at the Fremantle Arts Centre on Friday night.

The small stonework courtyard within the Arts Centre was soon filled as punters excitedly filed in, in anticipation for the sold out show. The cool autumn evening had many audience members rugging up, bringing picnic blankets and bottles of wine and setting themselves up under the stars to brave the chilling evening breeze.

While audiences settled themselves in, the Fremantle-based bluesmen Matt Cal and Chris Parkinson commenced the night’s festivities. Playing unadulterated outback blues, harmonica and all; the duo’s stripped-back performance demonstrated what blues is all about, as Eric Clapton said: “one man and his guitar against the world”. Nestled among Cal’s original songs was a tender and euphonious rendition of Men at Work’s Land Down Under. Towards the close of their set the duo introduced a djembe player, adding a subtle tonality to the minimalist style of Cal and Parkinson.

With the conclusion of Matt Cal’s performance came a titillating foreshadowing of Ash Grunwald’s impending arrival. Saying, “We came in for the sound check and Ash and his band were warming up, and they were awesome.” Keen-eyed spectators spotted Grunwald’s band snaking their way through the audience.

The stage was set; the lights were on; the microphones checked. All that remained was Grunwald. The dread-locked Melbournite walked out on stage to whoops and cheers. His laid-back and jovial demeanour was perfect for the intimate setting. Grunwald picked up an acoustic guitar and explained to the audience, “I think this is the right context to have a little fun and play a few blues songs.” as he launched into Walking Blues and Love In Vain by Robert Johnson with a voice that radiated the whiskey-soaked blues of the Mississippi Delta.

It was rustic blues meets electronica; the pounding, rhythmic electro beats were juxtaposed by an eclectic collection of percussion in the form of congas, djembe, car doors and metal buckets. The mundane were used alongside the bizarre in an amalgamation that created an unparalleled texture and diversity within Grunwald’s songs.

Up until this point the audience had been quite content to sit on the grass and enjoy the show, however coaxed by implicative remarks about the crowd’s complacency by Grunwald: “We’re gonna perform quality music regardless of the position of your booty, that’s our guarantee.” The audience transformed into a company of revellers dancing and Grunwald jeering good-naturedly.

Highlights of the performance included Matt Cal and Chris Parkinson joining the band for a jam and a performance of the Howlin’ Wolf classic How Many More Years, probably more recognisable through Led Zeppelin’s interpretation. Grunwald asked the audience to call out requests, some of which included: The Dolphin Song, Walking (featured in the newly released movie ‘Limitless’) and Be Yourself. By the end of the night however the crowd still wasn’t satiated, provoking the two-song encore of Breakout and Money and Fancy Clothes.

And so the night ended. Crowds lined up to get signed albums and heap kudos upon the band while others strolled leisurely back to their cars. Nightfall gripped the sky and the artificial phosphorescence of the streetlights within Fremantle bathed the streets with an orange glow that illuminated the way back home. So ended an excellent night by Ash Grunwald, and the final of his WA tour dates. - Faster Louder


Slide guitars, harmonicas, and Delta blues so raw it left you with chafing the next day. That was the tone of Ash Grunwald’s second of two Perth shows at the Fremantle Arts Centre on Friday night.

The small stonework courtyard within the Arts Centre was soon filled as punters excitedly filed in, in anticipation for the sold out show. The cool autumn evening had many audience members rugging up, bringing picnic blankets and bottles of wine and setting themselves up under the stars to brave the chilling evening breeze.

While audiences settled themselves in, the Fremantle-based bluesmen Matt Cal and Chris Parkinson commenced the night’s festivities. Playing unadulterated outback blues, harmonica and all; the duo’s stripped-back performance demonstrated what blues is all about, as Eric Clapton said: “one man and his guitar against the world”. Nestled among Cal’s original songs was a tender and euphonious rendition of Men at Work’s Land Down Under. Towards the close of their set the duo introduced a djembe player, adding a subtle tonality to the minimalist style of Cal and Parkinson.

With the conclusion of Matt Cal’s performance came a titillating foreshadowing of Ash Grunwald’s impending arrival. Saying, “We came in for the sound check and Ash and his band were warming up, and they were awesome.” Keen-eyed spectators spotted Grunwald’s band snaking their way through the audience.

The stage was set; the lights were on; the microphones checked. All that remained was Grunwald. The dread-locked Melbournite walked out on stage to whoops and cheers. His laid-back and jovial demeanour was perfect for the intimate setting. Grunwald picked up an acoustic guitar and explained to the audience, “I think this is the right context to have a little fun and play a few blues songs.” as he launched into Walking Blues and Love In Vain by Robert Johnson with a voice that radiated the whiskey-soaked blues of the Mississippi Delta.

It was rustic blues meets electronica; the pounding, rhythmic electro beats were juxtaposed by an eclectic collection of percussion in the form of congas, djembe, car doors and metal buckets. The mundane were used alongside the bizarre in an amalgamation that created an unparalleled texture and diversity within Grunwald’s songs.

Up until this point the audience had been quite content to sit on the grass and enjoy the show, however coaxed by implicative remarks about the crowd’s complacency by Grunwald: “We’re gonna perform quality music regardless of the position of your booty, that’s our guarantee.” The audience transformed into a company of revellers dancing and Grunwald jeering good-naturedly.

Highlights of the performance included Matt Cal and Chris Parkinson joining the band for a jam and a performance of the Howlin’ Wolf classic How Many More Years, probably more recognisable through Led Zeppelin’s interpretation. Grunwald asked the audience to call out requests, some of which included: The Dolphin Song, Walking (featured in the newly released movie ‘Limitless’) and Be Yourself. By the end of the night however the crowd still wasn’t satiated, provoking the two-song encore of Breakout and Money and Fancy Clothes.

And so the night ended. Crowds lined up to get signed albums and heap kudos upon the band while others strolled leisurely back to their cars. Nightfall gripped the sky and the artificial phosphorescence of the streetlights within Fremantle bathed the streets with an orange glow that illuminated the way back home. So ended an excellent night by Ash Grunwald, and the final of his WA tour dates. - Faster Louder


Discography

Releases

2008 Matt Cal, Bommi Rok EP
( over 600 copies sold locally in WA )

2011 Matt Cal, Overdrive EP

2011 Swamp Johnson, Ballad of One Testicle
( Alter ego side project )

2011/2012 Overdrive EP has recieved airplay on
Rtr fm and Radio Fremantle along with a number
Internet radio stations

Overdrive has been used on TV program Chicks
world in Melbourne

Dirty Blues has been used on Motor cross DvD's

Kimberley Moon video clip has been selected for
2012 wami CD/ DVD

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Bio

2011 winner of WAM song of the year for his track Overdrive, Nominee for 2012 WAM soty for his track Kimberley Moon, Matt Cal is a fine proponent of the aussie folk/ blues musician.

Cal has a voice that move's casually from the edge of his chords in expressive soft tones to an explosive blues rock voice complete with emotion and broken heart ache. Complete with a deadly drummer and enigmatic harmonica player in Chris Parkinson these boys grab the attention of a crowd where ever they wander.

Lyrically his songs draw you into his world with stories of truth, heart and fantasy, even give you a giggle all the while his guitar keeps picking along the dark mysterious road of folk rock.

2012 has seen Matt tour the state from top to bottom, play Nannup folk festival, Denmark festival of the voice and most recently play 3 great gigs across the Bridgetown Blues Festival

Enjoying the blossoming acoustic scene in Perth in the late nineties Matt took different road of surfing & solitude in his twenties reducing his stage time dramatically although the songwriting never stopped. At 30 Matt found himself home in Perth and began gigging around the scene after a 9 year hiatus.

At 34 he has now toured WA top to bottom 4 times, become a outstanding contributer to the southwest music industry with many residencies. Run Open Mic in Cottesloe Beach most of 2011. Opened for Ash Grunwald to a sold out freo art centre, opened for Blue Shaddy on a number of occasions, broken into the WA festival scene, sold over 600 copies of his EP Bomi Rock around WA and is about to begin touring with his new WAM award winning EP Overdrive.

Armed with a small ongoing recording grant, an innate ability to read and have fun with a crowd and solid songs Matt is a self managed artist who looks after his own publicity, bookings and enjoys the lifestyle of being on the road.

“Matt Cal has developed into a Quality perfomer/ songwriter” Express Magazine

Influenced by the roots of music, be it blues, soul, folk or whatever, we make it our own.