About / Press

portrait by Pete Wiseman

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.

My misspent youth in a band called Empty Vessels can be heard here

 

R E V I E W S

Big Issue North interview “this little honesty nugget could poison my future”

Echoes and Dust – Under The Influence “you can feel the medium-sized music venue, the beer and amphetamines, the trip to the hotel in the van afterwards, a bleak British provincial landscape at night”

Plugged In Brighton on Disquiet: “a singular voice sharing dispatches from the margins that should be heard by more”

The RingMaster Review on Disquiet: “a mix of challenge and seduction but most of all a fascination”

Mass Movement vlog – My Life In Music

Sonic Shocks interview “my feet were floating a couple of inches above the floor and everything was blue round the edges”

Whisperin and Hollerin interviewI got a lot of abuse growing up in England with an Irish surname, so it feels good to parade it now

Riff Media interview “I’d be seduced by power […] my hands coated with blood and my soul shrunken to a burnt piece of popcorn, then end my days in front of a firing squad”

AltCorner interview – Stories Behind The Songs “it’s always fun to play live and feel a freezing fog of dread billow out into the room”

Gig review by David Page from the Real Music Club Newsletter, July ’18 “skillfully created a tense, bleak atmosphere which unsettled the audience.  Alone with his acoustic guitar, and immaculately turned out in black shirt and trousers, Matt cut a stark, isolated figure on stage.  He delivered his tense, poignant songs in an assertive, commanding tone, laced with an edge of menace, that evoked ‘The man who sold the world’ era Bowie, and Lou Reed’s Berlin album”

Monolith Cocktail, 31 May ’18 “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 […] has seldom sounded better and more imaginative”

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”

Plugged In Brighton on Ugly Scene: “the songs are art rock without being limp and inhabit a weird version of our world […] Matt is raging against whatever is there” – and 10 Questions (an interview)

First word on ‘Ugly Scene’ from Jammerzine – “carrying the baton of that raw 70s sound”

THREATEN ME WITH YOUR LOVE, 2017

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

advance word of the new EP from withguitars.com: Matt Finucane returns with ‘Threaten Me With Your Love’ EP & new video!

LILITH, 2015

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.”

Shindig Magazine “We liked LilithMatt’s mad quirky shit is great. It’s like pitching Gruff Rhys against Bowie via Nick Nicely’s ‘Hilly Fields’.”

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?”

IN THE EVIL EMPIRE, 2014

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”

 

reviews continued