Hassall is a singer-songwriter & self-confessed rambler from the bottom right corner of regional Victoria. Stirring together addictive countrysoulsex-esque vocal hooks, taboo topics & lyrics relatable in the way you don’t want to admit, she emerges into a style self-described as ‘Australian Sharehouse Pop’.
April 2022 marked the release of Hassall’s debut EP 'For The Furniture To Hear’, featuring singles 'Have You Told Your Mother About Me?' & 'Mr Therapist’; all six tracks a by-product of her past few year’s wine-fuelled nights and over-caffeinated mornings. Lyrics dance around themes of imposter syndrome, seeing a psych for the first time, quitting your day job with no backup plan, and the woes of a not-so-long distance relationship.
Central to Hassall’s charm is her natural ability to connect with a live audience. Those lucky enough to have caught a set are familiar with the ease at which she can turn a roomful of pint-guzzlers dead silent. Bordering on stand-up, Hassall’s Aussie drawl pulls you willingly from story, to song, to unrelated shower-thought, and back, somehow tying it all together with her hilariously authentic on-stage demeanour. A full spectrum of emotions are uncovered; by the end of the set, even the door person is belly laughing one minute, wiping away sad tears the next.
This captivating live show has landed her on festival stages such as By The Pier 2022 (VIC), White Night 2022 (Geelong, VIC), Macedon Ranges Music Festival 2021 (VIC), Grampians Music Festival 2020 (VIC), and Queenscliff Music Festival 2019 (VIC), where she took out first place in their annual ‘Foot-In-The-Door’ competition. Other recent notable Hassall shows include supporting You Am I at Torquay Hotel (Oct 2022), and an almost sold out Retreat Hotel for their Melbourne ‘For The Furniture To Hear’ EP Launch (May 2022). On top of that, Hassall’s feel-good debut singles 'Have You Told Your Mother About Me?' (2021) & 'Mr Therapist’ (2021) received celebrated airplay on Triple J Unearthed Radio, Inner FM, 3MDR, and RPP FM (Melbourne)
Hassall and her band have just finished up recording three new tracks (see: bangers) with local engineer Isaac Barter in his Geelong studio. These particular tunes have received great responses during Hassall’s live shows across the last year - they’re set to punch you in the face… like, emotionally… as they’re drip-fed across 2023.
‘Out of Date’ is the first cab off the rank, expected early 2023. Very nearly titled ‘I Hate Tinder’, it’s a half anthem, half ramble on Hassall’s discomfort around the ever-digitalised modern dating scene… “Tell me how did you two meet, was it love at first swipe on a screen?” // “Is romance dying, or are we killing it?”.
“I attend your gigs because your songs tell me more about you than you ever will” - her mother, to her.
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“Courtney-like ramble with a searching alt-country vocal”
- Dave Ruby Howe, Triple J Unearthed
“At only 22 this girl has set her mark as a true lyricist and musician in classic Aussie style”
- Alice McDonald, Forte Magazine
“One thing Geelong isn’t shy of, is singer/songwriters, many of which are amazing, but for me Matilda Hassall is a real stand-out. Not only in her laid back performance style, and dynamic yet humble voice, but also the depth of her lyricism. Writing songs well beyond her years, at only twenty-two, self named ‘Hassall’ is making ripples in the independent Geelong music scene, and rightly so.”
- Joshua Maxwell De Hoog for @KeepGeelongWeird 2021
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