“I heard the Velvet Underground and formed a band. Nothing else made any sense: simple as that.”
Brighton based singer/songwriter/poet/horror freak Matt Finucane’s career spans two decades of tours through the dark underbelly of compulsion. His is a ride to find a real alternative, to cut through the static with intelligent, gripping, spooky music. It’s a way of life, not a lifestyle.
“I started playing in bands because it’s the highest you can legally get: the most immediate form of creation there is. But with my mileage it’s easier to keep some illusion of dignity as a solo act…”
Taking his influences from Lou Reed, Mark E Smith and Jonathan Richman, Matt confesses to being “an explorer and purveyor of the wonderfully unconventional and confrontational” as Ringmaster Reviews wrote. BBC Introducing: South also are firm supporters of his DIY ethic (his live radio debut was a session on 24th June 2012). His two self-released solo albums – This Mucky Age (2011) & Glow in the Dark (2012) – garnered excited reviews across the blogosphere.
“He should be heard by many many people” – Louder Than War
“Carefully orchestrated to pull you along and deeper into Matt Finucane’s beautifully sinister world view” – withguitars.com
“A delight. Always great to hear an artist doing things their way” R.E.P.E.A.T.
“I’ve done a chequered variety of jobs, including tour guide, janitor, lab assistant and night porter in a haunted hotel in Oxford… Briefly considered becoming an escort, but a long conversation with a rent-boy on a train in Seattle put me off, and now it’s much too late.”
Matt also writes horror and science fiction stories and contributes spoken word pieces on various radio shows. At this year’s Brighton Fringe he gave a spoken word performance as part of Waterghosts, “a ritual happening in a huge church” for which he wrote the libretto.
“Poignant and mesmerising voice of the afterworld. Visionary, original.” – Access All Areas.
“He’s a punk poet prepared to push the boat out” – Is This Music?
“There is very little new that’s new under the sun, but once in a blue one, you come across something of genuine interest. Two things are very clear. One is that the vocals are always going to make lazy people point and say ”Oh, look, David Bowie” and the other is Matt Finucane is making better records at this stage of his game.” – Unpeeled.
Matt’s most recent release is the second of three singles on The Animal Farm. In The Evil Empire came out in November 2014, and Lilith is due October 2015. He’s also working on a new EP and, longer-term, another album.
“Pushing the idea of one-man and his guitar to its limits. With a noticeable Lou Reed influence, his songs move between gentle laments to attacks on his guitar that teeter on a knife-edge. Matt pulls all this of with a suave cool and a voice that echos Jeff Buckley and Nick Cave.” – CMU