In a trying-to-be-seedy haunt on the overpopulated streets of the inner north is where
you’ll find Matt Parlane (he/him), clad in blue jeans and a flannel - the coolness of which often
undercut by a ridiculous hat or accessory. Amidst the egomania and social clout of the
Melbourne music scene, Matt manages to retain a rare and humble modesty. A kind of
Stephen Malkmus meets Kurt Cobain, his music is hard to describe. A homage to indie
rock, with lyrical phrases reminiscent of a coming-of-age film. Matt yearns for love (and
sobriety) lost through inimitable melodies and, at times, rough and punkish chord
progressions. Striking throughout his work is the continuous proof of Matt’s own love for
music, new and old. But this is never highlighted through arrogance, instead Matt
encompasses the universal feelings we all share: that life is a bit awkward and
uncomfortable, but nonetheless it is pain that enables us “to write such heartfelt (halfarsed) songs”.
Find Matt's music here on Bandcamp, Instagram, Facebook or Spotify, or listen to his latest single below.
Words: Polly Grant Butler
Photo: Louis Oliver Roach