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"Reviews"

"..the coherent musical journey presented means that listening to this album one too many times may inadvertently cement it as the soundtrack to some segment of your life..."
Brad Treeby - Soulshine.com.au

“Synaesthesia is a classy album. Matt Tonks is the sort of talented singer/songwriter you don’t come across very often...he is the real deal.”
Lior

“Synaesthesia shows Tonks could well be a force to be reckoned with in Australian Music in the not too distant future. This is an engaging first efoort that gives confidence that Tonks can deliver on his clearly massive potential.”
Phil James - The Blurb

“What’s really impressive on the album is his vocal work. Anyone who has seen Tonks play will know what a remarkable guitarist he is, a man who not only has the dexterity to pull off some pretty amazing lines, but has mastered the technology to get sounds out of his guitar as unique as any Hendrix did in his day.”
Michael Smith - The Drum Media

“There’s a lot of singer/songwriters out there at the moment... but Tonks really does add something vital to the format.”
Sebastian Skeet - The Drum Media

“Live reviews have constantly pegged Plugging Holes with Water as the highlight of his career thus far, and to be honest it’s difficult to disagree, at least until Sugarbone kicks in and you realise that Synaesthesia is one damn fine album which consistently impresses with each new track.”
James Polson - Tune FM

“Tonks has garnered a strong reputation for the inimitable live show that the duo (w.Syd Green on drums & dobro) perform...”
Steve Bell - Time Off Magazine

“Good head on your shoulders is a sunny acoustic pop tune that released in the middle of summer, would draw considerable attention.... Seriously, this song could spread very far. Seek it Out.”
Faster Louder - Various


Discography

Matt Tonks - 'Synaesthesia'
Album released in 2006.

Matt and Syd have been in the studio and down at their favourite farm in the Southern Highlands recording their much anticipated second album (soon to be released).

Matt Tonks - 'Lover Don't Leave'
Single released in November 2006.

Matt Tonks - 'Good Head (On your Shoulders)'
Single released January 2007

'Monster's Sleep' has received airplay on Triple J, Nova, ABC 666 and FBI radio stations.

Matt Tonks - 'Monster's Sleep' (single released August 2006) Airplay on Triple J, Nova, Triple M, 106.9FM, Vega FM, FBI, 4ZZZ, ABC Radio National and ABC 666, and Album of the Week on numerous community radio stations around Australia. The singles Lover Don't Leave and Good Head on Your Shoulders have been added to the Gloria Jeans Coffee playlist across Australia, with the film clips gaining airtime on ABC's Rage, Channel V, and Channel Ten's "Music Jungle".

Interview with Nick Reinberger and live performance in ABC Radio 666 Studio. 'Bless You' streaming at www.myspace.com/matttonks as well as available as a podcast.

Matt Tonks - with Mockingbird - 'Skinless God'
Album Released in 1998

Matt Tonks - with '&i' - &i
Album released in 1996

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Bio

Matt Tonks writes and performs songs all over the place. Upside, downside, backwards, frontways, and then some. Syd Green is Matt's right and left hand man, on drums and dobro guitar. Together they create a mesmerising, looping, close to the bone stream of unexpected sound. Matt's first solo album, Synaesthesia, was recorded and co-produced by Matt and Syd, with James Fletcher on bass & wurlitzer, in a farmhouse in the Southern Highlands of NSW.

Matt Tonks has gained a deserved reputation of being amongst Australia's finest performing and song writing talents.

Winner of the MusicOz Best Alternative Artist Award 2006, and finalist for APRA Songwriter of the Year, and Artist of the Year.

Matt's profile is quickly rising, with tracks from his album Synaesthesia receiving national radio play from Triple J, Nova, Triple M, 106.9FM, Vega FM, FBI, 4ZZZ, ABC Radio National and ABC 666, and Album of the Week on numerous community radio stations around Australia. The singles Lover Don't Leave and Good Head on Your Shoulders have been added to the Gloria Jeans Coffee playlist across Australia, with the film clips gaining airtime on ABC's Rage, Channel V, and Channel Ten's "Music Jungle".

As well as appearances at the Peats Ridge Festival, The Surry Hills Festival, Coast Fest, etc, Matt has played over 90 shows throughout the United Kingdom during two successful tours, including The Mean Fiddler, The Borderline, and local festivals.

Channel 10 News recently invited Matt to appear on Tim Bailey's segment as an emerging independent artist. Matt will feature regularly on Channel 10 News due to the overwhelming reaction from this first appearance.

In his recent interview with Triple J's Caroline Tran, Lior named Matt Tonks as the artist to watch in 2007 (aired on Triple J's Home & Hosed program, August '06.)