Matthew J Tow is a singer songwriter from Sydney, Australia. Matthew’s career began in the early 1990′s when he formed the psyche/pop band ‘Drop City’ in Sydney. Drop City were signed to influential Sydney independent label ‘Red Eye’ records, home to the likes of The Go Betweens, Steve Kilbey and The Beasts of Bourbon and released 5 albums from 1993 to 2000. During this time the band received critical acclaim and toured constantly throughout Australia playing the ‘Big Day Out’ festival twice and opening for acts like The Stone Roses, Swervedriver, The Hoodoo Gurus, The Posies, Stereolab and Luna.
Matthew also formed the experimental collective ‘Colorsound’ in 1994. The first album ‘You’re Only As Good As Your Sound’ was released in the U.S.A in the same year, culminating in a ‘Jackpot’ review in CMJ magazine. Attention quickly turned to the U.K where Colorsound signed to the label that Sonic Boom (Spacemen 3) had set up ‘Space Age Recordings/3rd Stone Records’. Matthew remained the only constant member of the Colorsound collective, writing and releasing 4 more albums over the next 10 years.
In the aftermath of Drop City, Tow headed to the U.S where he got in touch with his old friend Anton Newcombe of the Brian Jonestown Massacre. In a brief period in 2003 Matthew joined the BJM as a touring rhythm guitarist and collaborated with Newcombe, writing 2 songs for the ‘..And This Is Our Music’ album. During this time, Tow embraced the kaleidoscopic sounds and textures being explored by many bands in the psychedelic underground of the West Coast scene, and blended it with his own pop sensibility and created The Lovetones.
The Lovetones released its first album, the critically acclaimed “Be What You Want” in 2002/03 with Rolling Stone Magazine Australia hailing Matthew J. Tow’s songwriting as being ‘worthy of Ray Davies, Bowie, Lennon and McCartney’. in 2003 they toured the United States with the BJM. The Lovetones released its second album, “Meditations” in 2005, with another tour of the U.S and Europe with the BJM and an appearance at SXSW in 2006. Conceived as the first part of a musical trilogy, ‘Meditations’ was succeeded by ‘Axiom’ in 2007, displaying once again The Lovetones’ mastery of psychedelic pop. It wasn’t long before The Lovetones built up an impressive live following in the States. In 2009 the band released the critically acclaimed “Dimensions” LP – charting via CMJ in the USA. In 2010, The Lovetones completed the fabulous nine track LP “Lost”. 2012 saw the release of the long awaited retrospective ‘Provenance-Collected Works’. Online music site ‘Mess + Noise’ summed up the release like this..“The relevance to The Lovetones and their newly-released compilation album Provenance is two-fold. Firstly, The Lovetones are a band that captures and extends the best of the classic 1960s pop sensibility. Secondly, unlike the near-dead band relying on a greatest hits album to resuscitate a failing career, Provenance is a timely reminder of the songwriting brilliance of The Lovetones, and Matthew Tow in particular.”
After 20 years of writing, touring and releasing records in various incarnations and musical projects, early 2013 will see the release of Matthew J Tow’s first solo record under his own name. ‘The Way Of Things’ (Xemu Records) was recorded over a year in Portland U.S and Australia and was produced by Collin Hegna (Federale, BJM) and Ryan Carlson van Kriedt (The Asteroid No 4, Dead Skeletons). It signals the next step in the life and career of singer songwriter and musical journeyman Matthew J Tow. Described as ‘a life affirming meditation examining the ebb and flow of life through the natural order of things’, the album features 9 tracks spanning psyche pop, country, folk and drone explorations, with musical contributions from members of the BJM, Asteroid 4, The Warlocks etc.