Matthew Oliver, AKA Goddam Nobody, is back with the new record Dead Beat (which Third Outing are premiering below). It's a release which has one aim; to push the boundaries. We sat down with Oliver to discover about his style and plans for the upcoming record...
There's definitely a Brian Jonestown Massacre vibe running through Dead Beat. Goddam Nobody are sure keeping up with the fuzzy Rock and Roll spirit. Their songs have infused long enough to soak all of the 90's Rock structures.
But enough on that. To the album itself, which starts off pretty good. In fact, the upbeat yet somber first track I Like The Sun is one of the best songs we've heard in a while. Dead Beat juxtaposes a simple, haunting guitar lead in the foreground, with catchy riffs in the back to great success. First, the riff slowly takes over until your head starts nodding. Then there's the lyrics and voice, haunting. The rhymes and the tempo add something catchy and groovy. Indeed, the strung-out ballad, and slow, unfurling of studio sounds carry his wasted messages to beatific, almost narcotic effect.
We wanted to know more about Oliver's dream for Goddam Nobody, so we caught up with him about the making of new EP Dead Beat, London's best pubs and of course what influences his music...enjoy!
Hi Matthew Oliver AKA Goddam Nobody. For the people who don't know you, who are you?
Just your average nobody with the big dream that artistic expression can still change this ever increasingly strange planet. In all seriousness, it is myself (Matthew Oliver) who writes the songs and playing on these recordings I am lucky to have great friends: Ben Woods, Daniel Morris (Guitar/vocals), Matt Cleave of The Red Cords on drums, and Dan E Brown on bass. I guess I stand for all the bedroom project enthusiasts out there and part time musicians alike.
How did you approach music with The EP Dead Beat ? There's a BJM feel on the new track Dead Beat...
I wrote all of the songs for this one in a few weeks last March. Dead Beat definitely has a touch of the BJM about it, they have been a big influence for sure. With that track in particular, I was going for that 90s stoner, grungy, Jason Pierce, anthem kinda vibe. I think when you write in a constrained period of time that usually helps to define the sound. The whole thing is, I'm trying to capture a snapshot and feeling of my experiences in the city thus far.
At this point, is it important to create a sound that is new or different from what you've done in the past?
Obviously I think it's cool to be pushing boundaries with whatever you can do musically, but something having a newer sound just for the sake of being different doesn't exactly appeal to me. I think I've just been trying to hone my own song writing abilities and really start to think about what is going to sound great recorded as well as it translating well in a live situation.
What was the most fun part of creating this EP?
Getting the chance to head back to Falmouth to record the drums and bass. Falmouth is always a lot of fun. It means escaping the city for a short while to hang with some of the best pals a guy could ask for.
I'm curious, how do you view your work before The EP Dead Beat?
My work prior to this EP have been a step by step learning curve in song writing, recording and production. Listening back through the first two EP's you can definitely see and hear musical naivety throughout (I mean seriously badly played, sung, recorded), but hopefully in an honest, charming kinda way.
It's a tradition at Third Outing. Tell us a story which epitomises Goddam Nobody's music and spirit?
Lauren Laverne once played my little bedroom recording of Cut And Paste To Waste all 4 minutes and 42 seconds of it on BBC Radio 6, followed by Rock and Roll by the Velvet Underground; that probably epitomises Goddam Nobody's spirit quite well.