New album on its way 

We’re very pleased to announce that a new record is on its way. We’ve been locked away in the studio these past few months writing, recording and making plans. It’s now at the final stages and we’re looking forward to sharing it with you all soon.

Rob Feaster talks about creating Tarmac Adam drum sounds during mixing at Quad Studios, Nashville

Josh tracking drums for the new album

The History Effect

Matt and SteveTarmac Adam is the studio creation of songwriter Matt O’Donnell and multi-instrumentalist Steve Paix with Rueben Alexander (drums), Nick Seymour (bass) and Josh Barber (percussion). Tarmac Adam’s latest album “The History Effect” is available here!

Video clip – Chalk On Slate

Designed and animated by the wonderful Melbourne-based animator – Rob Stephenson, filmed by good man John Carter.

10th anniversary of Handheld Torch

October 2013 marks the 10th anniversary of Tarmac Adam’s debut record, Handheld Torch. With Nick Seymour and the late-lamented Paul Hester of Crowded House on board, this album still stands the test of time. 

Too Much Time, described as ‘reminiscent of the best XTC’ – Canberra Times, was the second single off the record and we’ve made it available as a free download here:

Tarmac Adam Extended Interview

Find out about the making of The History Effect, Matt’s inspiration behind the songs, Steve’s production ping pong and Nick’s take on post-modernism in Tarmac Adam’s extended interview.

Video clip – Giving It Back

Directed by Oz Smith and Steve Paix, with animation designed by Smith, check out our new music video featured on Blurt Magazine.

Video clip – You As Me

Filmed in Melbourne, Australia, our new music video ‘You as Me’ was premiered exclusively on the Huffington Post.

Mess and Noise interview

Mess And Noise LogoMatt takes the Mess and Noise ‘Citizenship Test’ answering questions about his favourite local acts, who he has been listening to recently etc. He also discuss the 10 year gap between albums and the Crowded House connection.

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The History Effect album review

Power Popaholic Logo“That dream-like quality is all over this album, with O’Donnell’s light tenor doing wonders on the melodic ‘Giving It Back.’” –

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The History Effect album review

Best New Bands Logo“That’s what differentiates O’Donnell as a songwriter from some of his contemporaries. His words and thoughts are the type that any person can relate to because they touch on emotions that are common to every person…”

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The History Effect album review

Direct Current Logo“…  lush and lovely throwback to an era when shimmering guitar lines, ticking percussion and some sweet vocal interplay… are all that’s required or desired…”

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The History Effect album review

No Depression Logo“… the lush arrangements bring to mind Deacon Blue, Aztec Camera and the Smiths to some extent, in that they’re all dreamy and desirable.” –

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The History Effect album review

babysue logoThe History Effect is Top Pick on Baby Sue who say it’s “wonderfully warm and vibrant modern pop”.

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Rolling Stone features track Bygones

Roling Stone LogoFree download of “Bygones” available at

Matt O’Donnell describes the track “Bygones” as “a song about letting go and moving on, of not being trapped by your past, letting bygones be bygones.”