Currently the sixth editor of Void Magazine, Matthew B. Shaw was once the sixth editor of Folio Weekly. He cooked our book for about a year, from March 2015 to March 2016. "I came in as a fairly green editor, even writer," he told me, "having done less than a half dozen investigative pieces and profiles for Jeff Billman [who preceded him as editor], and a random assortment of published pieces. I really credit Jeff and [Folio Weekly publisher] Sam Taylor for trusting me and instilling confidence. I was just 27 when I took the reins there and I grew up revering the writing and photography in Folio, so it was a big deal for me, personally. It was a heavy responsibility."
This month marks one year in his current position. "It's been really nice to get back in the editor's chair and write specifically about the region I live in and love, again," he said. "They've been super supportive, encouraging me to pursue various projects for the mag and continue to work for other publications like Surfer Mag and Surfer's Journal."
Shaw is also a husband and a father, and a player of the bass guitar in Jacksonville Beach-based garage/surf-rock band, The Mother Gooses, which includes guitarist Ed Gil and drummer Matt Mattox. "Most of our praises comes from people between the ages of 3-6 and 55-70," says Gil. He describes the group's sound as "kind of a throwback to mid-'60s American rock 'n' roll, with hints of surf and garage sounds that are intended to induce hip-swinging and provide easy listening opportunities."
Formed in 2016, the trio draws inspiration from groups like The Cramps and Thee Oh Sees. They hit the ground running with two four-track EPs, "I Want You" (August 2016) and "My Baby Left Me By the Sea" (November 2016). Both were produced by Dan Brown, himself a former Folio Weekly arts editor. A debut LP will be out soon. Appetites have been duly whetted by the single "Can't Get Away" b/w "The River," produced by Glenn Van Dyke at Winterland Studio and issued last December. Van Dyke also recorded their new EP, "My Ol' Lady" (with artwork by Ty Williams) at The Regal House.
The Mother Gooses will be playing at Mellow Mushroom's Jax Beach location on 4/20, a date that means a lot to beaches folk (and pretty much everyone else). Also on the bill: DeGreaser, a Miami band led by Ben Katzman. The two groups toured the state together last year under the auspices of the Volcom surf company. "Super fun, super shreddy rock 'n' roll from South Florida," explained Gil. "We've played a few shows with Ben and his gang. Always an upbeat, fun time."