“The punk Flight Of The Conchords…The band is real, the TV show is a hilarious mockumentary.” – NME
These New South Whales—the band—are one of Australia’s most revered punk acts. But they also make groundbreaking comedy TV, and they star in it. Real band on stage, real band on record, heightened alter-ego band on screen. NME was close in dubbing it “the punk Flight of the Conchords”, but Kerrang said it best with “art-punk brilliance”. Anyone who remains confused, this is your stop.
These New South Whales’ first two LPs, You Work For Us and I Just Do What God Tells Me To Do, were charged with the same frenetic energy that defines their live show, winning critical praise and legions of global fans who resonated with their powerfully physical and incisive brand of punk. Their hit podcast What A Great Punk—an earnest and often hilarious fly-on-the-wall interview series—has become a Monday morning ritual for its devoted followers. And with the release of their new talk show-style comedy series TNSW Tonight! adding to an on-screen oeuvre that already boasts two seasons of their cult Comedy Central mockumentary, TNSW has matured into a project like no other. What began as a gag has evolved into something utterly unique: a multidisciplinary artistic universe teeming with lore and lols.
Matt Walker is one of the most respected musicians on the Australian scene. His work as a songwriter, guitarist, producer and composer is credited on many of albums, films and documentary scores, and among his peers he enjoys the status of a true cult legend. He has toured with people such as Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Dirty Three, Nick Cave, Tony Joe White, Cat Power, The Black Keys and Joe Cocker. Matt has also written, recorded and performed with an eclectic bunch of outstanding artists including Mick Harvey, Archie Roach, Tex Perkins, Black Cab, Kim Salmon, Vika & Linda, Broderick Smith, Henry Wagons and…the list goes on.
His commitment to other projects has, at times overshadowed his own work, but he has nevertheless won an ARIA award for his music, and it goes without saying that, within the Australian music industry, there is much respect for Matt Walker.
Matt can be found out front of Lost Ragas, who have received critical acclaim for their three album releases.
Matt received two ARIA nominations for the album, Matt Walker and Ashley Davies – I Listen To The Night. ‘Best Male Artist’ / ‘Best World Music Recording’ (1997)
And then received the ARIA for the album, Matt Walker and Ashley Davies – ‘Soul Witness’. ‘Best Blues and Roots Album’ (2000)