“I heard the Velvet Underground and formed a band. Nothing else made any sense: simple as that.”
Brighton based singer/writer/horror freak Matt Finucane’s career spans two decades of tours through the dark underbelly of compulsion. His is a drive 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…”
Matt takes his influences from Lou Reed, Mark E Smith and horrible electronic noise (despite primarily performing on acoustic guitar), and is happy to be “an explorer and purveyor of the wonderfully unconventional and confrontational”, as Ringmaster Reviews wrote. His two self-released solo albums – This Mucky Age (2011) & Glow in the Dark (2012) – scored excited reviews, and his DIY ethic got a further boost from BBC Introducing: South (Matt’s live radio debut was a session on 24th June 2012).
“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 2014’s Brighton Fringe he gave a spoken word performance as part of Waterghosts, “a ritual happening in a huge church”.
He’s now working on new material for 2016/17 and has recently finished another album.