His move to Melbourne, Australia in 1988 continued his string of Australiasian toilet appearances, this time playing a multitude of solo gigs to crowds that largely weren't listening. Two years of that almost brought on early insanity, only to be replaced by near death through food poisoning on a four month cruise ship stint, performing cover versions of some of the worst tunes ever written. The passengers, mostly over the age of 93, loved it however.*
After a good feed & relocation to Sydney in 1992, Mathew was hired to play guitar for his country singing cousin, major label signed, Shanley Del on various tours up & down the east coast of Australia. 'A thoroughly enjoyable experience' he recalls. This was soon followed, in between more solo gigs to the shit hole frequenting non listeners, by the formation of funk band Vibrus, with another cousin, Shanley's younger brother Tam Morris.