Matthew Armitage is a blues man, a truly unique guitarist and a thoughtful songwriter who is independently crafting his career throughout Australia and New Zealand. His sound melds together a traditional blues aesthetic, with the influence of soul music, folk song and coastal and latin sounds to create a style all his own. The result is a soulful, mellow and deeply engaging musical experience.
While based in Wellington, NZ, Armitage was deeply involved in the music scene and went on numerous national tours with bands such as Family Cactus, OdESSA, Good Laika, Ginger Brown and more, some taking him internationally to Berlin and New York.
Now living in the Northern Rivers NSW, he has developed his own solo style and voice, and new collaborations with Byron Bay bands, The Swamps and Chesta Hedron which have earned him a respected spot among local musicians and audiences, keeping his efforts diverse and sustainable as a full time gigging musician.
The Over Oceans EP released in 2014 showed Armitage testing the waters of the studio with his own newly inspired songs and offered a first glimpse of his unique songwriting, production and guitar playing beauty.
Now in 2018 he has been preparing to share his first album length collection of songs, New Tide. The performance of this album centres around his acoustic nylon string guitar, foot stomp percussion and engaging vocals in his own laid back style. Performed live over the course of one day, additional overdub sessions were then included to bring New Tide to life.
Following the footsteps of classic bluesmen and songwriters before him, Armitages New Tide shares stories of the journey, the blues, new love, positive affirmations and realisations along the way, set in his new abundant Australian musical landscape of foot-stomping blues influenced songwriters and surfers.
NEW TIDE was released June 2018