In ‘02 the band released Morning Sun, their mini-album. Periscopes the most buoyant song on the release was added to Triple J, the Australian national radio station. Around this time the band had that and other tunes added to a host of surf vids and dvd’s by upcoming surf filmmakers in Australia. And thus began the touring. At this stage it was Australia wide but a pattern was being set.
Good Times - ’03 - was released as a five track limited edition cd. Stock sold out in weeks and the art work and some of the songs appear on TBG’s Brazilian (The Beautiful Girls), and Japanese (Water), releases.
Learn Yourself, ’04, was a neat combination of roots, hip-hop, reggae, soul and blues. A mess of influences that formed celebration of life. That album (Learn Yourself), was the Beautiful Girls North American debut and on the back of it TBG went to the U.S. It features the radio favourites, Blackbird (the beginning of the bands fascination with reggae did well in Australia and Japan), Music and La Mar. Mason Jennings who toured with the band in the US and in Australia, made a guest appearance on Learn Yourself, featuring on “Freedom (part 2),” another one of the discs stand outs.
We’re Already Gone ‘05, expands expectation. In instrumentation, performance and songcraft. This album has a strong band emphasis and includes a stack of extra coloring. Keyboards, a brass section, melodica and harp solos move the album forward. And the rhythm sections time spent (nearly four years), on the road is evident. It swings.
Like its predecessors, We’re Already Gone is a raw album. Here room sound is dominant, the sound of a band playing together. It is also a collision of styles. It does occasionally dip into the same pool of influence as other material from TBG. That’s where the similarities end. The songs, for the most part, are darker – though there are still the trademark moments of melodic beauty (Let’s Take The Long Way and When I Had you With Me). Mostly it is a collision of structure and riff. A mix of art, dub and rock.
In all of the beautiful girls’ music there is an awareness. This consciousness acknowledges the power of music and all the elements involved. “I love hip-hop for its lyrics and groove.” explains McHugh. “I love blues for its desperation and soul, I love dub for its bass lines. I pretty much listen to a crazy range of music and it all seems natural and beautiful to me. Music has saved my life in a lot of ways. It’s too important to me to take lightly”.
“A lot of good sounding music is made for some pretty weird reasons, but I think you can tell when something isn’t made with heart and soul,” agrees McHugh. “Regardless of style or content, I think the main thing for me is passion and conviction. Without them it’s just sound”