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Safehouse: G.H.I (another album!)

Those crazy Safehouse cosmonauts have done it again: a new collection of trios – including me, on three tracks – working long-distance on some free improv musical collaborations.  (This is the third so far… I’m also on the previous album, D.E.F.*)

Hadn’t expected to update again so soon, with no gigs or anything like that on the horizon – of course – but hopefully this is a sign of life resuming… We’ll find out.

*It makes sense (read the blurb on Bandcamp)…

 

a brief update, Nov 20

Washed up? Nooo…

…This must be the longest I’ve left it between posts (for obvious reasons).  Anyway, not been entirely idle: spent the first half of this year recording a new album, have just finished a second round of long-distance improv recordings with Safe House, and am most active these days on Instagram – the thinking narcissist’s platform of choice for seeking validation.  Check it out here:

https://www.instagram.com/matt.x.finucane/

& the story so far (some of it, anyway), here: https://linktr.ee/MattFinucane

Hope to have more definite news soon-ish; the ongoing gig drought (and threat to UK music venues) is a worry, but you could help by checking out the Music Venue Trust’s Save Our Venues campaign.  Please do – and till next time, stay safe.

 

germ-free studio session: video

So what’s it like, doing live tracking in the age of Covid?  Here’s some footage from Church Road Studios a couple of days ago…

Masks, hand sanitizer and tape on the floor – also, I’m not allowed to touch an amp or mic stand myself, which makes it feel like we’re filming at the BBC in about 1970 (quite fun, actually).

These are preliminary recordings for an album due out sometime next year… not yet clear exactly when…  The first track featured is called Schooling, the second’s Derision (which is meant to be about 4min of freeform… we got nearly half an hour, so I look forward to the edit).

It’s a strange new situation all right – but not impossible, thankfully.

Safehouse: the album (free improv lockdown explorations)

 

A surprise lockdown bonus, courtesy Safehouse… I’m on 3 tracks (10, 12 & 13 – guitar, synth and effects, respectively), but I’d recommend the full immersion.  Here’s the blurb:

A system of 23 trios were created, whereby no one player could play with the same person more than once. Cards with the 23 players names on were shuffled and depending on the order they were drawn, each player was given a number. These 23 musicians sent in a recording of themselves playing, between 4 and 6 minutes long. This solo performance/recording was sent to the player “below” them to play along with. This recorded duet was then sent to the player “below” them to play along with.

Players were invited to record whatever they wanted, whilst listening to and accompanying the track “above”

The final trio of each unique group is what you are listening to here!

(Full list of personnel on Bandcamp…  Thanks to Iain Paxon for dreaming it up/organising.)

This was lots of fun to be involved with – which, at the moment, is the most important thing: something worthwhile to focus on, and some form of connection, however remote.  And it sounds marvellous, possibly.

Rec Rooms streamed gig on Youtube

Here’s the recent streamed gig courtesy The Rec Rooms, for anyone who doesn’t like Facebook.  It’s only the second time I’ve performed this way, and can’t deny it feels odd playing a set at home to dead silence (a bit like radio, but on yr own and with less reliable tech)… Still, reckon it went pretty well – see what you think.

All these lo-fi home gigs are going to make a weird little time-capsule once the immediate crisis passes… A historical record of people with hair that needs cut, staring at cameras in their bedrooms.

For anyone who fancies a deeper dive, here‘s the #SaveOurVenues gig I did for The Brunswick (fb only unfortunately)…  Having crossed a line, I’ll probably do more of this kind of thing in future – but still prefer actual in-reality gigs.

So here, because I’m feeling maudlin, are a few that never came to pass:

…Hope to reschedule with some of these bands, some day!

Hectic Night review

As previously mentioned, Hectic Night (out now on Bandcamp) is a free download live LP we recorded in January, live in the studio.  I was saving it for a rainy day, and this has to be the rainiest year

Plugged in Brighton have given it a track-by-track review, link here – “a troubled troubadour running in and out of dark alleyways being chased by god knows what seeking who knows what.”

Read and see if the music matches the words… I reckon so, but then I’m biased.

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