Max Headroom: Tenth Court Records Founder Explains Why Adelaide Might Be ‘The Rock Music Capital of Australia’
Matthew Ford founded Tenth Court Records in 2014 when he and his brother couldn’t get anyone else to release their band Thigh Master’s 7” vinyl release, Head of the Witch. Their humble aim is ‘to make available to the world the wealth of beautiful scumbag talent inhabiting the Oceania’. With bands like Wireheads, Mope City, Small World Experience, Chook Race and also the lesser known Tralala Blip from Lismore and Police Force from Brisbane, they remain dedicated to sharing ‘stuff that we love and that we want it to be documented’.
Sam Cummins caught up with Matthew to talk about and play music released by Tenth Court over the last five years. Somewhat controversially (or maybe not!), Matthew declares Adelaide ‘the rock music capital of Australia’ and speculates that it might be because it’s ‘so dry there’, or it may be because the scene there is so small, in terms of the number of venues available, that bands really want to get it right when they get the chance to play them.