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Single and video premiere: ‘Slanguage’ by Matt Scullion

Matt Scullion Slanguage (single artwork) jpg.jpgIf anyone thought Matt Scullion’s recent single ‘Aussie As’ was the last they’d heard from him on the subject of Australian culture and language … well, they were incorrect. And that’s to the benefit of music lovers all around the land, because Scullion’s latest single, ‘Slanguage’ – which has its premiere on this site today – is not only a great companion piece to ‘Aussie As’ but a clever, clear and funny examination of Australian slang or, to borrow Scullion’s term, ‘slanguage’. In other hands this might have been a dog’s breakfast, shall we say, but Scullion’s impeccable songwriting skills turn it into a ripsnorter.

Of course, you’d expect nothing less from this seven-time Golden Guitar nominee – especially since Scullion enlisted multiple ARIA and Golden Guitar winner Shane Nicholson as producer, as he did on Scullion’s last two releases.

The idea for the song came to Scullion while he was travelling overseas, noticing how much he had to tone down his ‘slanguage’ so he could be understood. ‘I had an absolute blast writing :Slanguage”, he says. ‘I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so much while writing a song. We really do have some funny sayings, like “stubby short of a six pack” or “up at sparrow’s fart”. I mean, where does that stuff come from? It’s gold and so uniquely Australian.’

Also making its premiere here today is the song’s video, which you can see below. It was shot by Luke McDonagh (White Tiger Workshop) in a classroom at Jesmond High School in Newcastle.  ‘

Both single and video arrive ahead of the release of Scullion’s new album, Aussie As, which will be released on 23 September. To celebrate the album’s release, Scullion will be playing live:

Thursday 3 October – Today’s Country 94One FM Benefit Concert – Gosford RSL – Gosford, NSW

Saturday 12 October – Newcastle Album Launch, Adamstown Community Hall, Newcastle NSW

Sunday 20 October – Bar Petite, Newcastle NSW

Friday 1 November – Sydney Album Launch at The Newsagency, Camperdown NSW

Saturday 9 November – Country At The Camp, Branxton NSW

Friday 15 November – Ulladulla Album Launch at Catholic Community Hall, Ulladulla NSW

Saturday 16 November – Country Rocks The Capital Music Festival, Canberra ACT

Saturday 7 December – Bungendore Carols By Candlelight, Bungendore NSW

Wednesday 22 to Sunday 26 January – Tamworth Country Music Festival

 

Pre-order the album at:

Apple Music | iTunes

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Video premiere: ‘Aussie As’ by Matt Scullion

image004 (1).jpgThere’s a strong lineage of what might be called ‘Australiana’ songs that are high on sentiment and full of nationally recognisable details, including The Seekers’ ‘I Am Australian’ and the recent ‘Our Backyard’ by Amber Lawrence and Travis Collins. (Despite its title, Peter Allen’s ‘I Still Call Australia Home’ isn’t one of these because it’s about his longing for home rather than being a song about Australia.)

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Matt Scullion has created a wonderful addition to this lineage with ‘Aussie As’, with the video making its premiere here today. Scullion – who also writes songs with other Australian country music artists – has a contemporary vision of what constitutes being ‘Aussie as’ that is as much about our cultural diversity as it is about other, longer-lasting Australianisms. His crisp songwriting – done in tandem with Paul Grierson of Simply Bushed – brings recognisable elements such as nippers on the beach and a footy on the roof into the context of an Australian culture that is changing just as its population does.

Watch the video below:

 

The song was recorded by Shane Nicholson with the extraordinary Lyn Bowtell on backing vocals. No doubt ‘Aussie As’ will find many fans who will cherish it – and some of those fans will discover the song when Scullion plays it live, as he will do on the following dates:

Sunday 12th May – Edgeworth Bowling Club – Newcastle – NSW

Thursday 16th May – Wickham Park Hotel – Newcastle – NSW

Friday 17th May – Harmonie German Club – Canberra – ACT (w/ Drew McAlister)

Saturday 18th May – Tourist Hotel – Queanbeyan – ACT

Wednesday 5th June – The Scullion Sessions – Stag & Hunter Hotel – Newcastle – NSW

Saturday 8th June – Smoke in Broke – McNamara Park – Broke – NSW

Wednesday 3rd July – The Scullion Sessions – Stag & Hunter Hotel – Newcastle – NSW

Saturday 13th July – Hats Off To Country Music Festival – Tamworth – NSW

 

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