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The Lovetones playing at Kelly's Olympian in Portland, Oregon in June 2007
|Origin||Sydney & Melbourne, Australia|
|Labels||Bomp! Records (USA)|
Cargo Records (UK)
Chatterbox Records (Australia)
Tee Pee Records (USA)
Undercover Music (Australia)
|Members||Matthew J. Tow|
- Matthew J. Tow (acoustic & electric guitars / vocals)
- Matthew Sigley (bass / keyboards / vocals)
- Liam Judson (guitar)
- Robert Campanella (guitar)
- Serge Luca (guitar)
- Chris Cobb (drums / percussion)
The Lovetones released their debut album, Be What You Want, in 2002 through Bomp! Records. The album was reviewed in Creem and Rolling Stone magazines. The latter hailed Matthew J. Tow's songwriting as being worthy of comparisons to Ray Davies, Bowie, Lennon and McCartney.
After enjoying the critical success of Be What You Want, touring Australia extensively, and even supporting Morrissey during his first-ever solo Australian tour, Tow joined The Brian Jonestown Massacre in 2003. He contributed two tracks to their album, ...And This Is Our Music. Tow's opening track "Starcleaner" later also appeared on the BJM retrospective Tepid Peppermint Wonderland. In the same year, UK-based Fire Records invited The Lovetones to contribute to the James Joyce Chamber Music project alongside Mercury Rev, Sonic Youth, and REM's Peter Buck. In 2004, The Lovetones released the Stars EP, which coincided with their support of The Brian Jonestown Massacre on their tour of Australia.
The second album, Meditations, was released through New York's Tee Pee Records in late 2005. After returning from shows in the US in late 2005 and a 2006 appearance at SXSW, The Lovetones toured to support Meditations' Australian release in May 2006. In June 2006, The Lovetones completed a European tour across 12 countries with The Brian Jonestown Massacre in support of Meditations, which was released in Europe through Tee Pee/Cargo Records and garnered an album review in the respected UK magazine Uncut.
The Lovetones recorded their third album, Axiom, during 2006, with sessions split between Figment Studios in Hollywood and the Sydney Opera House Recording Studio. It was released in June 2007 through Tee Pee Records.
Their fourth album, Dimensions, was released 4 November 2008 in Australia through Undercover Records and 6 April 2009 in North America through Planting Seeds Records.
The Lovetones performed a reunion show in Sydney on 31 July 2015.
- Studio albums
|2003||Be What You Want||
The Sound & the Fury Give It All I Can What Am I to Do Something Good Be What You Want Drink the Night Guiding Star The One and Only Its Always Been That Way Fairweather
Mantra (I Gotta) Feel Stars Inside a Dream Was I There in Your Future? Genius Sea Shanty Come Home Pictures Across the Sea It's Not Over Yet A Place for Us Wrapped Up in You The Colour and the Cut
Navigator Wintertime in Hollywood Pieces of Me Signposts Please Don't Break My Heart Tonight Everybody Hides Away Say You Will Ordinary Lives A Simple Song Alone
|4 November 2008||Dimensions||
Moonlit Suite (Her Room) Journeyman Two of a Kind Look at the Waves Memory Lane A New Low in Getting High Love and Redemption There is No Sound Song to Humanity When It Comes Journeyman (Anton Newcombe Mix)
|Planting Seeds Records|
Stars Inside a Dream It's Not Over Yet This Is Why You Love Me Across the Sea
- "Give It All I Can" (2002), Undercover Music
- "The Sound & The Fury" (2002), Undercover Music
- "Be What You Want" (2003), Undercover Music
- https://web.archive.org/web/20060409173338/http://www.myspace.com/thelovetones - The Lovetones on Myspace
- https://web.archive.org/web/20060629073709/http://www.rhino.com/RZine/rhinocasts/podcastkeeper.lasso?shownum=13 - The Lovetones interview/live performance at rhino.com (Nov 2005)
- http://www.adasam.plus.com/rayman/idx1.htm - Colorsound (Matthew J Tow solo project)