Donna Matthews

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Donna Lorraine Matthews (born 2 December 1971, Newport, Monmouthshire)[1] was the lead guitarist of the Britpop band Elastica.

Music career[edit]

When she was 20 years old Matthews answered an advert in Melody Maker for a guitarist with a new band. She became a member of Elastica, subsequently becoming one of their songwriters and credited for many of their tracks.[2] Matthews left Elastica in the spring of 1999 after the band's output had waned and she had developed a heroin habit.[2] In April 2000 she briefly rejoined the band to play one track, "Connection", at the London Kentish Town Forum after being invited out of the audience by Elastica singer Justine Frischmann.[3]

After shaking off her drug addiction she formed an unnamed band with bass guitar player Isabel Waidner and Katrin Jones. In May 2003 they produced and sold 1000 copies of a single, called "L.O.V.E."[2]

In May 2004, Matthews' new band, Klang (with Waidner and drummer Keisuke Hiratsuka) released their debut album, No Sound is Heard.[2] Klang have not produced any output or news since 2005.[4]

Other activities[edit]

Matthews subsequently studied music at the Dartington College of Arts in Devon. She was interviewed by Ichthus Christian Fellowship in October 2006.[5] It was revealed that she had become a Christian.

In a 2007 interview Matthews claimed she was still making music but no longer had a desire to be in the public eye. She wanted simply to be "rich in love".[6]


  1. ^ Donna Matthews at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ a b c d Cripps, Charlotte (14 May 2004). "Donna Matthews: A new Elastica band". The Independent. Retrieved 2013-04-19. 
  3. ^ "Donna back with Elastica for one night only". New Musical Express. 14 April 2000. Retrieved 2013-04-19. 
  4. ^ Archived 28 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Evangelism News October 2006 Archived 28 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Achara, Chidi. "Interview: Donna Matthews". "Famous" (2007). Artisan Magazine. Retrieved 2013-04-19. 

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