Matthew Engerer and Mat Akehurst.
Matthew Engerer and Mat Akehurst. Contributed

Mullumbimby band release debut album

MULLUMBIMBY band Walrus and the Carpenter has recently released their self-titled debut album through Vitamin Records.

Matthew Engerer and Mat Akehurst are two of the band members who have worked very hard to develop their own sound.

"At its core it's folk music, but there are very strong percussive elements," Akehurst said.

"The instrumentation is very folk with lots of violin, mandolin and acoustic guitar."

In regards to their lyrics, the band has also moved away from traditional themes related to folk music.

"We classified (our music) on iTunes as indie-folk or modern folk," Akehurst said.

The band produces songs with dark and cryptic lyrics, written mainly by Matthew Engerer.

"Matt and I finetune the songs and try to offer different dynamics on each one," he said.

For Engerer, writing lyrics is a family affair.

"The song Brighter Day is based on a poem written by my twin brother Luke," he said.

"Raging Wind, another song of the album, is based on a poem written by my mum.

"I was travelling with her through Victoria some years ago and she slipped it in my bag; it took me a couple of months to find it.

"When I found it I decided it to use it in a song."

A third song on the album, called Don't Mind the Shakes, was co-written by Akehurst and Engerer after reading a news report about a woman who poisoned her husband over five years.

"It's about her breaking from a really crappy relationship very patiently," he said.

The release will be launched at the Courthouse Hotel in Mullumbimby on Saturday, July 11, from 7.30pm. Support act is Josh Arent.


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