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gig: Hope & Ruin, Brighton, 6 Nov

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BOUNCING SKULL PRESENTS

L C PUMPKIN
astonishing lo-fi outsiderness
“Warping keyboards, fuzz-banjo, blown-out drum machine beats and extremely catchy songwriting” – Upset The Rhythm
“It was good” – Jarvis Cocker
https://www.facebook.com/lcpumpkin/
https://www.lcpumpkin.co.uk/

ADAM & ELVIS
formidable and poignant live band with a mighty work ethic, fresh from supporting Fat White Family, The Correspondents, Splashh and The Zombies
“Their track The Artiste takes you gently by the hand and draws you down a hypnotizing route that leads to some surprising places” – Steve Lamacq, 6MUSIC
https://www.facebook.com/adamandelvis/
https://www.instagram.com/adamandelvis/

MATT FINUCANE + BAND
hypnotic art-rock noise
“Really should be heard by many many people” – Louder Than War
https://mattfinucane.net/
https://www.facebook.com/Matt.x.Finucane/

Tue 6 Nov, The Hope & Ruin – 11-12 Queens Road, Brighton BN1
£4 OTD // £3 advance
DOORS 8pm
MUSIC from 8.30 sharp


video interview & EP review, Oct ’18

Here’s a stranger to daylight, staring back at a camera and talking to Mass Movement about his 10 favourite LPs.  I now understand why vloggers do that thing of having loads of apparently pointless fast cuts even if it’s just them talking (to edit out all the times they blew their lines or dried up.  Try giving a semi-improvised speech for a quarter hour without deviation, hesitation, repetition or several annoying facial tics… even the most glibly confident would struggle.  Still, interesting to try – although I don’t think I could make a “career” out of it).  These aren’t the definitive 10 – more the ones that seemed significant that day – but I hope this small addition to the huge reef of pop cult lists is entertaining, anyway.  And it’s nice to be asked.

From abundance to rarity – here’s a review of Disquiet from Issue 8 of Plugged In Brighton:

…Reproduced here because it’s bootleg as fuck – a paper zine with minimal web presence, and if you don’t live in Brighton you’re unlikely to see a copy.  Both ends of the magnet!

Back soon with gig news…

 

 


3(!) interviews & 1 EP review, Oct ’18

So the new EP’s bagged me several more interviews, following on from Big Issue North and AltCorner… with, if I say it myself, very little repetition and zero rambling.

There’s also a review, courtesy The RingMaster: “a mix of challenge and seduction but most of all a fascination leaning towards needing more”… Hey, I’ll take it.

Here are the links:

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

Whisperin and Hollerin interview I 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”

…There’s stuff about songwriting, inspirations and the dodgy reality of being an independent artist in 2018.  Also, the EP’s being streamed by Puregrain Audio, here.  So yeah, you can listen and/or read as the mood takes you – with more to come yet.


new EP “Disquiet” released 19 Oct ’18

Bandcamp (includes bonus material) / Amazon / iTunes / Spotify / Resonate

Here’s the follow-up to Ugly Scene (released earlier this year).

Where that one was… well, ugly…  this is the mirror opposite.  It’s mellow, but be warned: the tracks get freakier as it progresses.  Again, the clue’s in the title.  Enjoy x


Big Issue North interview, Oct ’18

read the interview here

“this little honesty nugget could poison my future…”

The link above takes you to a lengthy interview I did with Big Issue North recently (then had to keep quiet about for a while).  It was a buzz, and hopefully makes a good read – covering such things as:

What informs your music and songwriting?

What’s on your rider?

and

What’s your worst lyric?

…among others.  A lot of words, so I’ll just leave it there for you to take a look.


gig: Quadrant, Brighton, 11 Oct

event link here

BOUNCING SKULL PRESENTS

YOUNG FRANCIS – onstage 10pm
Young Francis plays guitar by hand, drums by foot and sings by mouth. No effects, no pedals, no loops, no tricks.
Young Francis sings 2 minute songs about girls, getting high and hanging out.
“A one-man Ramones, with a touch of John Cooper Clarke wit”
– Brighton Unsigned
https://www.facebook.com/yyoungfrancis/
https://youngfrancis.bandcamp.com/

MATT FINUCANE – onstage 9.15
Deliciously dysfunctional… now with drums!!!!!!!!
“Music runs through the core of the mysterious and ground breaking singer/songwriter/poet” – Brighton Source
https://www.facebook.com/Matt.x.Finucane/
https://mattfinucane.net/

LA PEQUENA EM – onstage 8.30
Punked up cover versions on a distorted electric uke with masks, wrestling, sharks and fun.
https://www.facebook.com/La-Pequena-Em-102359780643879/

ART SCUZZ FOREVER!!!

Thur 11 Oct, The Quadrant – 12-13 North Street, Brighton BN1
£4 OTD
DOORS 8:00pm
MUSIC from 8:30 SHARP


AltCorner interview: Stories Behind The Songs, Aug ’18

link to article

This is the first press for forthcoming EP Disquiet – an interview talking about songwriting for AltCorner.  It’s a fine, almost invisible line between saying something interesting and giving the whole game away… but maybe I walked it here.  Have a look, see what you reckon.


gig review, Real Music Club (July ’18)

Because reviews of my live performances are few and far between, here’s something from the Real Music Club‘s July Newsletter that’s worth quoting in full:

Fri 22 Jun, Real Music Club @ The Brunswick (Brighton) – w/ Nick Pynn & The Boy In The Cupboard

With thanks to David Page and Joe Bridge.

(Actually, there was one other recent gig review – of the electric band, by Plugged In Brighton, here.)


next gigs // EP in October

pre-order here

There’s another EP coming out later this year – Fri 19 Oct – which is the opposite half of the picture to the abrasive, noise-heavy protest songs on Ugly Scene.  The clue’s in the title: Disquiet – a mellow slab of grandeur and weirdness.  Till then, got gigs coming up next month and more in Sept-Nov (a mixture of solo and electric band nights, details to follow).  These are the nearest few dates:

Wed 1 Aug, Broadcast (Glasgow) – w/ Peter Cat, doors 7pm

Mon 13 Aug, Half Moon Putney (London SW15)tickets £3 adv

Sat 18 Aug, Acoustic Coffee Club @ Salvage (Brighton)

Thur 23 Aug, Blackout In The Basement @ The Brunswick (Brighton)


gig review, Plugged In Brighton 4 (June)

 

The 11 June Hope & Ruin gig, written up in issue 4 of Plugged In Brighton.  Grab a copy round town, unless distance and/or the forces of entropy prevent you (you’ll just have to move to Brighton).  Anyway, it was a very nice night, good to see the other acts getting due credit.  While we’re here… Can I direct you once more to the zine’s latest Mixcloud, which features an old track of mine?  Here it is.


next gig / Monolith Cocktail & Plugged In Brighton / next gig

photo by Lewis McKale

The Hope & Ruin gig was superb – as were Pink Narcissus, Peter Cat and Lewis McKale.  A wonderful night, and thanks to everyone involved.

Two more upcoming local gigs:

Wed 20 Jun, The Prince Albert – electric band (Octopuses single launch) – wegottickets

Fri 22 Jun, The Brunswick – solo acoustic (Real Music Club)

What can I say – I’m a greedy bitch.  To soak up the folly, the gigs will be poles apart in sound, feel and setlist (very different venues too).  For the first, there’ll be electricity, bass and drums; the second, I’ll be alone up there…  After that, it’s oblivion for a little while.

Meanwhile, a track from the new EP’s featured on Monolith Cocktail’s Quarterly Playlist Revue, alongside Dr Octagon, Grimm Grimm and Crayola Lectern, to name a few – it’s an immersive, intelligently-structured listening experience; switch that phone off and strap in for a journey by tracklist.

An oldie, Lilith, features on the third edition of Plugged In Brighton’s Mixcloud in a rockier setting; Young Francis, Big Slammu et al bring the scuzz.

The two programmes are very reflective of the two nights – one’s adrenaline noise, the other’s a head trip.  Explore!


Metal likeness, 25mm

Badges… badges everywhere

A strange feeling, putting yr image into a 25mm metal circle.  How do bands cope with their gormless faces plastered all over T-shirts and other… “merch”?  Come to a gig and take these damn things away.

This is the next one…

…But there are several more to come, including a third go with Safehouse in the Wildcard Quartet, end of June.  Details here, as they become available.  Anyway, ask me for a badge and you can have one.


69X TV episode 3 (June ’18)

Here, in all its mad glory, is the third edition of 69X Music‘s TV prog…  A certain amount of chat from me (with a snippet of the most heat-stroked rendition of City Consolation ever – I’m well out of my element and no mistake), plus The Golgis and Simon from Act of Love.

Behold:


EP review in Monolith Cocktail, May 31

The new EP’s scored a great review in Monolith Cocktail, which describes it as one of my “best releases yet” – and the in-depth write-up concludes I’ve “seldom sounded better and more imaginative”.  Have a look, see if you agree (and read all the other stuff too… It’s a great gateway into loads of interesting music).

On a related subject, another shout out for Plugged In Brighton Mixcloud 2 – which features a track from the EP.  Here’s the playlist: Frank & Beans – Card Song/ Big Slammu – Chicken Pocks/ Young Francis – Short Hair Girl/ Bitch Theme – Tigerlily/ Rotten Foxes – Mullet/ Matt Finucane – Not Too Far/ Sit Down – Candy Bar/ Ditz – Two/ Negative Measures – Chained/ Red Shores – Cold War/ Clt Drp – Merry Go Round/ King Bee Buzzkut


11 June gig, Hope & Ruin, PLUS: 69X TV and other stories

event link here

My next full-band gig’s on Mon 11 June at the Hope & Ruin, with Pink Narcissus, Peter Cat & Lewis McKale.  I’ll be onstage from 8:30, with a new drummer and new songs – truly, playing with the big boys…

Before that, there’s a return to Mr Wolf’s in Bristol (tomorrow!) and another go at Bar 42 in Worthing (electric this time).  I chase the phantom wherever it leads, till the oil runs out and the lights go off.

I love a blog entry studded with enticing blue links.  So – another track from the new EP can be heard on the second Mixcloud from Plugged In Brighton, and pretty soon I’ll be appearing on the third 69X Music TV show – news of that soon.  Here’s me playing live to camera in 30-degree heat:

 


new EP “Ugly Scene” released 11 May ’18

Bandcamp (includes bonus material) / Amazon / iTunes / Spotify

Not Too Far

The Wrong Side

Ugly Man

Damn Storyteller

City Consolation

Out today: the loudest and most obnoxious set of recordings I’ve done in quite a while – it felt like that kind of time again.  The follow-up, hopefully due later this year, is already finished and takes a different angle… it’s called Disquiet.  But for now, hope you enjoy these dispatches from the feedback frontier x

“spins and spins to weave a heavy and complex sonic web” – indiebandguru.com

 


Interview & front cover, Plugged In Brighton

There I am on the cover of Plugged In Brighton 2… And here, with their kind permission, is the interview from the same issue:

 

It was lovely to be asked, and they had some kind words about Ugly Scene too:

“the songs are art rock without being limp and inhabit a weird version of our world […] Matt is raging against whatever is there” … among other things.

There’s good info on local bands in there, so pick up a copy if you live in this hipster gulag – or check their facebook page (link above) and mixcloud, if not.


live video & pix: Wildcard Quartet, 25 April

As part of my musical sideline as a (novice) member of the Safehouse collective, here’s some video footage – and photos – from the 25th April gig supporting Shatner’s Bassoon & Bolide, once again courtesy Agata Urbaniak:

…photos on Flickr here

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s good to branch out…


live video/photos, Bar 42 April ’18 (Agata Urbaniak)

Fantastic, atmospheric photos by Agata Urbaniak – follow this link to Flickr for more

These were taken at Sunday’s Bar 42 gig, and include shots of Dran Krwawy, La Pequena Em, Kuroneko… I really like this photographer’s work, which captures the heightened, adrenalised feel of live performance better than most others I can think of – without resorting to any of the obvious moves – so it’s a thrill to be included.  Feast yr eyes, glut yr etc.

And for good measure, here’s a video of an unreleased song called Evil Relief :


new EP & gigs (April-June ’18)

preview/pre-order here

There’s a new EP due on 11 May in all its ugly glory… I got tired of introspective stuff and dialled up the noise/sarcasm/repetition.  It’s also, for the most part, very… direct.  Here’s advance word from xsnoize.com.

I’ve already recorded the follow-up, and that’s different again.  Meanwhile, think of this one as an outburst of protest – although the final track may be one of the prettiest things I’ve ever done.  A conundrum, for sure (but not too much of one… it’s getting playlisted a lot, which is very welcome).

Gigs are lining up – solo, as a guitar/drums duo, full electric band – and dates so far include:

Sun 22 April, Punkish Noisish all dayer @ Bar 42 (Worthing) from 3pm – w/The Cars that Ate Paris, Blister Pack, Kuroneko, mouthful ov worms, Perastroika, Cowboy Sex Shop – onstage 6.30pm

Another improv gig, as described previously, in the Wildcard Quartet:

Wed 25 April, Safehouse @ The Verdict (Brighton), 8pm – w/ Shatner’s Bassoon & Bolide, £6/5 (members)

Sun 6 May, Bark @ The Gladstone Arms (London SE1) – w/ Holly R Jones, Sami Fitz, Idle Hands & Corey Leiter

Mon 21 May, Short Steps presents @ Fortune of War (Brighton) – w/ Ja Sputnik, Noisferatu & Pete Wiseman

Mon 28 May, Mr Wolf’s (Bristol)

Fri 22 June, Real Music Club @ The Brunswick (Brighton) – w/ Andy Roberts & The Boy In The Cupboard

More tbc for June onwards.  Ugliness, ugliness everywhere (and I love it)… x

EDIT: you can hear a track from the EP on Indie Arena Radio’s Mixcloud here

 


never to be repeated: Safe House improv gig, 31 Jan

the venue (Verdict Jazz Club) in a quiet moment

So I’ve been going to Safe House here in Brighton for a while, and it’s helped keep me honest and open-minded musically (flexible, too).  It’s a, well, it’s… right, this is off their site:

…collective that hosts two separate nights that focus on improvised and experimental music: Safehouse, on the first Wednesday of every month, and On The Edge, on the last.

[…] There may or may not be any rhythm, tonal centre or structure to the pieces played.  The music is free in that sense.  No premeditated ideas or constrictions.  Any sound is valid.  It is a sonic conversation, in which players respond to each other as spontaneously as possible.

It can be brilliant, terrifying and beautiful or absolute shit, depending on the quiddities of the moment.  Some of the players are very advanced indeed, but I’ve managed to reach a point where I can hold my own onstage well enough as part of a free improv scratch ensemble – or at least not embarrass myself too often.  One aspect of the gig nights is the Wildcard Quartet: four names are selected at random to go on as first support and improvise for about twenty minutes, no quarter asked or given.  (They’re very clear about this… it’s not “jamming”, it’s improvisation.  Start spamming out riffs by rote and they take you out back and shoot you.  Horribly distorted electric guitars are permitted, however.)

Anyway, my name came up for the gig on 31 Jan.  It’s exciting stuff, and will be entirely unique, which is kind of the point.

Event link here  //  Tickets here (£6/5)

The program:

Graham Dunning, Colin Webster, Sam Underwood

In this trio Graham Dunning plays turntable, dubplates and dentristry tools, walkmans and amplified objects. Colin Webster plays saxophone and Sam Underwood the tuba.

In 2014 Graham and Colin released two albums of recordings on the Linear Obsessional and Raw Tonk labels. They also toured the UK and Switzerland – the video below is from their set in Zurich.

https://vimeo.com/96688424

The trio performed a memorable set at Supernormal festival in 2015 and released a CD called Bleed on ADAADAT label – a track from which is below.

https://soundcloud.com/mrunderwood/tarnlavadust#t=0:00

Fettucini Spicer

Fettucini Spicer attempt to provoke/shock each other into action by the application of a multitude of instruments and objects too numerous to mention!

Wildcard Quartet

 

…I have no idea what to expect, and trust me – neither do you.


2017 in fuzzy pixels

Quite a full year: a new live band plus lots of gigs, an EP release and tour.  Here’s to another like it, but more so – it’s been great, and thanks everyone who’s listened.  (Should point out, I do own more than one shirt… look closely and you’ll see they’re not all the same garment – just very, very similar.  Maybe next year I’ll experiment with another colour or two.  Maybe.)

x


Cargo gig pix Dec 17

from the 69X End of Year show at Cargo, London, 16th Dec ’17

photos by Paul Newman


last 2017 gig: Cargo LDN, 16 Dec, 10-hour homeless charity benefit

Facebook link here

Eventbrite tickets

A big title, but then it’s a big day.  Runs 12 – 10:00pm on Sat 16 Dec, promoted by 69X Music, features:

Amber Anderton/Elliot Falla/Danny Martin/Spidasense/LegPuppy/The Wax Lyrical Sound/Act of Love/40 Shillings On The Drum/LaFlamme/Lauren V/Nemesis…

Plus film crew, a “surprise guest” and me – kicking it off at noon.

Proceeds to homeless charities http://www.streetlink.org.uk/ | http://dotslondon.co.uk/ | https://www.mungos.org/

A good one to go out on for 2017, then.

Here’s a short fb vid: