MATT JOE GOW AND THE DEAD LEAVES : The Messenger
By Kara Segedin
The debut album from the much travelled, once-Dunedin native, now Melbourne-based Matt Joe Gow and his band. The album opens at a clip with a rousing cover of Grant-Lee Philips’ Come To Mama, the remaining 10 solid, honest country-rock tracks all written by Gow. The tempo moves from the upbeat sing-a-long to mellow. Land Is Burning is a powerful, western ballad that allows Gow to show off his vocal talents. His guitar and down-to-earth voice is backed by a polished and skilled bunch of musicians. The Dead Leaves are drummer Joel Witenberg, guitarist Andrew Pollock and bassist Kain Borlase, with appearances from music legends Bill Chambers and Midnight Oil’s Jim Moginie filling out the sound. Beautifully produced, recorded and also mixed in part by Nash Chambers, the album is out through Liberation who are rightly announcing Gow over here.