I’m a Brighton based singer/writer/horror freak. I take my influences from art rock, Krautrock and horrible electronic noise, and am happy to be “an explorer and purveyor of the wonderfully unconventional and confrontational”, as Ringmaster Reviews wrote.
All my heroes are safely dead, but it’s not just playing at being Music’s Bad Conscience – I can recall when music meant something, in these days of deadly sonic perfection and pretend grit.
Gigs are solo acoustic, in a duo, or with an electric band as the occasion demands. Albums are DIY-released and raw. This Mucky Age (2011) & Glow in the Dark (2012) – scored good reviews, followed by singles In The Evil Empire & Lilith in 2014/15. After a writing binge, the first of a batch of new material emerged as an EP – Threaten Me with Your Love – in 2017.
There’s more to follow in 2018. A new EP came out in May, a primal sound for ugly times: Ugly Scene.
The follow-up, Disquiet, is scheduled for October.
It’s a way of life, not a lifestyle.
“His latest exercise in primal scream therapy (though crooning would be a more apt description) is the quasi-Neu!-meets-Faust-meets-Pixies grinding turmoil Ugly Scene EP. Perhaps among his best releases yet […] filled with soul and melody; an experimental EP of resignation and heartache […] Finucane has seldom sounded better and more imaginative” – Monolith Cocktail, 31 May ’18
Indie Band Guru on Ugly Scene: “these aren’t songs that are intended for casual, easy listening; it takes attention and demands time, but Finucane’s masterful craft of his unique sound is very much worth the effort”
First word on ‘Ugly Scene’ from Jammerzine – “carrying the baton of that raw 70s sound”
Subba-Cultcha “known for innovation, with sound experimentation, layering and fluctuations […] from full-fledged psyched out Pink Floyd-ish granderie at one moment, then over to stripped-down Bob Dylan-like moments of minimalism and pensiveness”
The tour, written up by Misfit City “like the workmate who suddenly and joltingly reveals that not only is he smart but he also thinks very differently to you; or like the abrupt weirdness in the eleven a.m coffee cup”
Emerging Indie Bands notes a “dark undercurrent” and “dystopian bruising”
Monolith Cocktail “makes a welcome return to the music scene, and once again defies categorization”
“Much like with any good outsider, the more you listen to the songs, the more natural they become, and soon those quirks become hooks.” Song Of The Day at This Is Not A Drill
Give It Back Magazine “an exceptionally captivating solo musician”
Brighton Source “Music runs through the core of the mysterious and ground breaking singer/songwriter/poet, Matt Finucane. His new single, Lilith, has a gorgeously slow tempo with sultry and suggestive lyrics (“Lilith wrap your hair around my neck”). The single is due out over the Halloween weekend, and we couldn’t see a more fitting time for its release.”
Monolith Cocktail “heartfelt bent-out-of-shape new wave… marvellous Gothic rhapsody”
Interview, Brighton Unsigned, Sept-Oct issue 2015 (pg. 9) – “where does your darkness come from?”
The Séance, Radio Reverb 97.2FM, 22 Nov ’14 – “exquisite oddball pop… an insistent little earworm”
Monolith Cocktail “wise and blissful melancholy… this attentive anthem… moves elegantly through its time changes and harks at the resigned beauty of David Sylvian and Jonathan Richman as Rome burns”
Album “really should be heard by many many people”, says Louder Than War.
GLOW IN THE DARK reviewed by withguitars.com – “carefully orchestrated to pull you along and deeper into Matt Finucane’s beautifully sinister world view”
BRIGHTON SOURCE on Glow in The Dark: “strongly produced and impressively single minded”
Unpeeled says – “There is very little new that’s new under the sun, but once in a blue one, you come across something of genuine interest. The opener, ”Into It” is a beautifully coherent mix of innocently vampiric and hideously young Bowie intoning calmly over a slow shuffled acoustic, but the electro guitar sharks circling around are pure Chris Isaak. You see? With one mighty slouch, the man has straddled the atlantic. What’s next, come on… ”Hard Science” shoving Gay Dad through Suede and the sleaze-o-meter is spitting sparks and by the time we get to ”Face Of Stone” 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, so it’s appropriate that ”Alter Ego Hi-Way” is probably the best track here and that it drags lazy electro doodling around an acoustic campfire for a slow kicking. IS IT ANY GOOD? Oh yes.”
Glow in the Dark is Whiteboard Project‘s “wildcard of the week” – “will infuriate some and delight others […] Highly recommended” (scroll down their 12th August Albums Roundup and see).
Access All Areas – “pretty work on drums and beats, a lovely guitar, touching voice and a bunch of disturbing sounds here and there. Next Great Beginnings is an irresistible retro groovy upbeat, Doom Vibes is the fearing, poignant and mesmerising voice of the afterworld. Visionary, original, one of my favorite track of the album.”
GLOW IN THE DARK reviewed by drunkenwerewolf.com – an “involving, even body of work.”
“an explorer and purveyor of the wonderfully unconventional and confrontational” says Ringmaster Reviews…
“He’s a punk poet prepared to push the boat out”: Is This Music? reviews HARD SCIENCE
Hard Science is “a delight”, says R*E*P*E*A*T zine, here – “always great to hear an artist doing things their way”…
…followed by a less-impressed album review from the same zine, different writer. “Oh, who cares? Yawn.”