Graham Reid | | 3 min read
Matt Langley from Dunedin, New Zealand is one of the smaller but brightest lights on the musical landscape. His debut EP Lost Companions was critically well received but his album Featherbones showed the full measure of his talents which touch on folk, blues and alt.country.
He does things the old fashioned way which others are now discovering or having to re-learn: He has toured solo or with a band for the past 10 years and you sense his time has come with Featherbones. You can get a free download EP from here too.
Matt is another to answer the Famous Elsewhere Questionnaire.
The first piece of music which really affected you was . . .
My Dad playing guitar and singing Beatles
songs, Ticket to Ride, A Hard Day’s Night, Eleanor
Rigby, stuff like that.
Your first (possibly embarrassing) role models in music were . . .
Dad, (not embarrassing, amazing.), radio
horrors like Huey Lewis and the News, some good stuff leaking
through...Cream, Jimi, Herbs, Spilt Enz etc
Lennon or Jagger, Ramones or Nirvana,
Madonna or Gaga, Jacko or Jay-Z?
Lennon, Nirvana, Gaga,
If music was denied you, your other career choice would be . . .
Something well paid and with high social
status... like a poet/street preacher.
The three songs (yours, or by others)
you would love everyone to hear are . . .
The Lonely One (Wilco), Time (Supergrass), Radio Dreams (Me)
Any interesting, valuable or just plain
strange musical memorabilia at home?
Nothing of monetary value. I have a
first edition of John Lennon’s A Spaniard in the Works which
would qualify as an oddity, weird Spike Milligan-type humour. I got
given a nice copy of Muddy Waters on vinyl. The Beatles bible I stole
from Dad. All valuable to me.
The best book on music or musicians you have read is . . .
If you could get on stage with anyone
it would be . . . (And you would play?)
Back in Black with AC/DC if Malcolm
would show me the rhythm guitar bits.
The three films you'd insist anybody
watch because they might understand you better are . . .
Pulp Fiction, The Fountain, Heat.
The last CD or vinyl album you bought
was . . . (And your most recent downloads include . . .)
Arrows by The Eastern (CD). Mean.
One song, royalties for life, never have to work again. The song by anyone, yourself included, which wouldn't embarrass you in that case would be . . .
If everyone could put up with me
playing Stars & Guitars forever, I could do it. I’m a
sucker for a love song.
The poster, album cover or piece of art
could you live with on your bedroom forever would be . . .
I miss my big Jimi Hendrix poster of my
teens, the one with all the cables in his face.
You are allowed just one tattoo, and it is of . . .
A Thunderbird (not the puppets, a real one).
David Bowie sang, “Five years, that's
all we've got . . .” You would spend them where, doing . . .?
At home and abroad, travelling and
playing. Pretty much just like the last five years and the five
And finally, in the nature of press
conferences in Japan, “Can you tell me please why this is your best
Because it’s the latest release
right? It got to be the best...until the next one! I think it’s a
simple album of song and that’s all it needs to be.