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So… 2020

Well, there goes 2020: thank fuck.

I won’t labour the point – this year can only be an improvement…

Anyway, finished an album which I plan to release mid-2021 – probably my best yet – and a few other bits and pieces, so on a personal level there’s little to complain about.  Also, NBTMusic Radio voted The Seizure 195 in the top 400 albums of 2020, which is gratifying.  Have a listen, see what you think.  Already feels like a long, long time since it came out (end of 2019, actually, so about a century in covid years)…  I’m confident the new stuff’s even better, and hope to get it in front of you soon.

Nothing doing yet on the gig front, obviously – did a few streamed things on facebook & youtube in the first half of last year, which went well enough… I guess, it’s hard to tell when you’re serenading your phone… but it’s a bit too message in a bottle, too inhuman, for my taste.  (And without the bit at the end of the night where you pack up and leave the venue, it’s really hard to wind down afterward – all that adrenaline and nowhere to go: you’re already home, amid the too-familiar objects.  And since I don’t get drunk anymore, no way to zone out.  Ah well.)  Laying plans for when things start to move again, though.  Meanwhile, do check out the Music Venue Trust’s Save Our Venues campaign – be good to have somewhere left to play!

To better days

x

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!

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