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Sydney roots group The Beautiful Girls have returned, backed by a new album and fresh tour dates. The band’s new crowd-funded studio album, titled Dancehall Days, will mark their first full-length release since 2010's Spooks, and is set for release on 3rd October.
Buoyed by their new material, The Beautiful Girls will tour across Australia this October and November, performing in some intimate settings and giving back to fans who were left disappointed by the group’s hiatus.
The material on Dancehall Days spawned from the solo work of singer-songwriter Mat McHugh. “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,” McHugh said.
“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’,” McHugh continued. “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.”