The Stouts brew local fuzzed-out blues

Many of you will have heard Matt Webber’s voice – and that’s not because he’s one half of The Stouts. Matt is the host ABC Gold Coast’s Drive show.

The Stouts are a Gold Coast two-piece who call Currumbin home.

“We are without a doubt Currumbin’s finest garage fuzz blues duo,” he told me. “That may extend to Elanora and Tugun and surrounds, but we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves.”

Matt is responsible for growly telecasters. His partner in crime Greg Hosking is responsible for drums. And they divide their shouty vocal duties pretty evenly. Their’s is a brand of raucous, occasionally swaggery, almost exclusively ragged fuzzed-out blues. They don’t take themselves too seriously.

“We can often be heard joyfully giggling at the end of our jam takes,” Matt said.

“We have our originals,” Matt said. “Interspersed with reworked blues with a Junior Kimbrough, RL Burnside, rowdy Hooker  vibe…mix in some early Black Keys stuff, because, you know, the guitarist and drummer thing… some obscure covers … we are totally a ballad-free zone.”

I don’t mind a dark beer myself, so I’m curious about the name of the band. No real surprises though … “Greg brews his own pretty decent dark beery beverage – two or more of which always be poured pre-jam…hence The Stouts.”

As the story of The Stouts unfolds, it seems like a match made in heaven – two blokes, one with a bit of a thing for cranked low watt amps and tele twang, the other with a penchant for vintage drumkits. And they’re unapologetically nostalgic about days gone by.

“We are gen x-ers… we do remember sticky carpet and buzzy ears and smoky rooms with random hit-and-miss lineups and actually paying for full albums. We’re kind of informed by that feeling,” Matt said. Maybe we’re lusting for the memory a touch.”

So, are we likely to hear some of The Stouts’ music on Matt’s radio station?

“I’m not sure how much of our gear would get air on 91.7,” Matt said. But it’s a lotta fucking fun.”

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The Stouts join a lineup of diverse local talent at Currumbin Creek Tavern on Friday 21 November. We highly recommend you make the trip.


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