The Lovetones

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The Lovetones
The Lovetones playing at Kelly's Olympian in Portland, Oregon in June 2007
The Lovetones playing at Kelly's Olympian in Portland, Oregon in June 2007
Background information
OriginSydney & Melbourne, Australia
GenresPsychedelic rock
Indie rock
Years active2002–present
LabelsBomp! Records (USA)
Cargo Records (UK)
Chatterbox Records (Australia)
Tee Pee Records (USA)
Undercover Music (Australia)
WebsiteThe Lovetones
MembersMatthew J. Tow
Matthew Sigley
Liam Judson
Chris Cobb

The Lovetones are an Australian psychedelic rock band. Their current lineup includes:


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
Release date Album Tracklisting Label
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
2005 Meditations
   (I Gotta) Feel
   Inside a Dream
   Was I There in Your Future?
   Sea Shanty
   Come Home
   Across the Sea
   It's Not Over Yet
   A Place for Us
   Wrapped Up in You
   The Colour and the Cut
Tee Pee
2007 Axiom
   Wintertime in Hollywood
   Pieces of Me
   Please Don't Break My Heart Tonight
   Everybody Hides Away
   Say You Will
   Ordinary Lives
   A Simple Song
Tee Pee
4 November 2008 Dimensions
   Moonlit Suite (Her Room)
   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
Release date Album/EP Tracklisting Label
2004 Stars
   Inside a Dream
   It's Not Over Yet
   This Is Why You Love Me
   Across the Sea
Chatterbox Records
  • "Give It All I Can" (2002), Undercover Music
  • "The Sound & The Fury" (2002), Undercover Music
  • "Be What You Want" (2003), Undercover Music

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