Matt Scullion has today released his new single ‘Aussie As’ and its video. It follows his previous single, ‘Shout The Land A Drink’, which debuted at #1 on the iTunes Chart last year and was also the Country Music Channel’s ‘Clip of the Week’.
Scullion has been nominated for seven Golden Guitars and two APRA Awards, and ‘Aussie As’ marks an exciting new stage of his journey. In a songwriting environment he is, Lee Kernaghan says, ‘like lighting a fire and having someone pour gasoline all over it – he’s just full of ideas and innovation.’ It’s probably why Scullion won a Golden Guitar Song of the Year for ‘Our Backyard’ (performed by Travis Collins & Amber Lawrence) and a TSA for Country Rock Song of the Year for ‘White Side of the Fence’(performed by Simply Bush).
The single celebrates the things that make Australia what it is: nippers on the beach, a footy on the roof and a hundred different cultures all rolled into one. The idea for the track was conceived at an Anzac Day service after a long stint living overseas. ‘I’d been wanting to write a song about growing up in Australia,’ says Scullion, ‘and being back on home soil was all the inspiration I needed.’
He took his idea to Paul Grierson of Simply Bushed and the song began to take shape. When it came time to record, Shane Nicholson was always the first choice for producer. ‘I’d worked with him on my previous release,’ says Scullion, ‘and I was in awe of his talents.’ And both Scullion and Nicholson’s talents are on full show, with beautifully layered guitars, a string quartet and seven-time Golden Guitar winner Lyn Bowtell on backing vocals making ‘Aussie As’ a stunning snapshot of Australia.
The video was shot in Newcastle NSW with Luke McDonagh of White Tiger Workshop. Scullion had seen McDonagh’s work on videos by Ashley Dallas and Liam Kennedy Clark and loved his keen eye for details. ‘I hired Lizottes’, says Scullion, ‘which is a beautiful old theatre that has been turned into a restaurant. Then I put the call out for extras because ‘Aussie As’ is so literal and full of images. I wanted the video to be about the people and the comradery that permeate multicultural Australia.’
There’s a range of Australian images represented but the highlight, Scullion says, ‘would have to be Alfie Carter. He’s a 102-year-old WWII veteran and we filmed him in his backyard standing by an old hills hoist, dressed up in his suit and medals. He smiled this cheeky grin as he threw pennies during a two-up game.’
The song is on the path to becoming an iconic Australian track, a celebration of everything that makes this country one of the best in the world. Having recently played headline shows at Tamworth Country Music Festival and support for Drew McAlister as well as touring with Allan Caswell, not to mention hosting his own songwriter show titled The Scullion Sessions, Scullion is set to tour ‘Aussie As’ and his other material over the next few months. Join him to celebrate this country on the following dates:
Wednesday 1st May - The Scullion Sessions - Stag & Hunter Hotel - Newcastle - NSW
Sunday 12th May - Edgeworth Bowling Club - Newcastle - NSW
Thursday 16th May - Wickham Park Hotel – Newcastle - NSW
Friday 17th May - Harmonie German Club – Canberra - ACT (w/ Drew McAlister)
Saturday 18th May - Tourist Hotel – Queanbeyan - ACT
Wednesday 5th June - The Scullion Sessions - Stag & Hunter Hotel – Newcastle – NSW
Saturday 8th June – Smoke in Broke – McNamara Park – Broke - NSW
Wednesday 3rd July - The Scullion Sessions - Stag & Hunter Hotel – Newcastle - NSW
Saturday 13th July - Hats Off To Country Music Festival – Tamworth - NSW