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new EP due 8 Nov ’19

 

pre-order on Bandcamp here

This is the first set of tracks I’ve recorded with the band – at Church Road Studio here in Brighton, earlier this year – loud and (pretty much) live.  There’s also an acoustic song featuring Mik Hanscomb on 12-string guitar: you get the whole spectrum in this EP’s 20min run-time.

It’s available in all the usual online places from 8th Nov, but you can hear a preview of the longest, strangest track on the player above.

interview / LP review / August gig news

“We all choose our suffering. There is ugly suffering and there is beautiful suffering. You, I think, are somewhere in between”

That’s a quote from an interview I did with The Sound Lab, here.  (One of the more… interesting audience responses I’ve had in a while, that was.)

There’s also a review of Vanishing Island in print and online in Devolution Magazine – a good one, check it out here.

…Another full-throat shout-out for the August gig:

event link

GREENNESS (full band) onstage 10pm
“Hypnotic electro acoustic tunes creating a relaxed atmosphere with a whiff of Massive Attack / The Sugarcubes” – Breaking Glass Magazine
https://www.facebook.com/pg/greennessmusic/
https://www.greennessmusic.com/

MATT FINUCANE + band onstage 9.15
“The troubadour of disharmony, back to confront, provoke, and captivate in his unique way” – The Ring Master Review
https://www.facebook.com/Matt.x.Finucane/
https://mattfinucane.net/

LUCY FELIZ onstage 8.30
“A unique brand of melancholy folk that’s unforgettable in its intensity” – Line Of Best Fit
https://www.facebook.com/lucyfelizmusic/
https://www.losfeliz.co.uk/

Wed 7 Aug, The Prince Albert
£4 OTD
DOORS 8pm
MUSIC from 8.30 sharp

…After that, I’ve got stuff booked up till December, solo & electric band (and one acoustic duo gig).  More on that to follow.

 

 

LP track by track & interview

Thanks to GBHBL, who not only interviewed me following the LP release, but published some track-by-track notes that I wrote about it.

Interview link here.  “I ended up in Brighton, like so many drug burn-outs and rejects from the capital, and got my act together. The music, hopefully, takes care of itself.

Track by track here.  “I once had an idea for a live show at the Brighton Fringe Festival but couldn’t work out how to do it without somebody getting killed … This turned into a song… which is one of the most upbeat things I’ve written“.

gigs: chat & pictures

Gig went well the other night – thanks again to Peter Cat & grasshopper.  Great sets, and always a good feeling when one of these DIY gigs gets a good turnout (my band was sounding pretty sharp too, if I say so myself).

Up next:

event link here

This will be a solo acoustic affair with The Wondering Weskits (check out this Instagram link for some superb artwork)… & Suburban Death Twitch… at the fantastic Rose Hill.  More info here.

Beyond that, there’s a couple of things lined up for August, including this:

…And some other stuff in November.  Sept-Oct there’s a few possible dates swirling around, including a return trip to Glasgow (with the full band this time), but nothing definite yet.  That aside, the single Perilous Seat – and War on Pain, another track off the album – are getting a lot of radio… about 60 stations, not including syndication, at last count.  So it’s all good… The reason I’ve not updated for a while (and this entry’s admittedly something of a bulletin) is I’ve been really busy – also got an EP ready to go with the band, and a whole load of new songs for 2020.  The lot of the DIY/independent/underground/really-do-absolutely-everything-yourself artist these days is a hard one – but not a bad one.

local kudos!

Thanks very much for kind words on the Vanishing Island album, from Brighton Source: “a prolific songwriter with an array of excellent self-produced independent releases. He’s influenced by the darker side of indie rock, but puts his own stamp on things […] strong and well-structured, with a memorable and distinctive sound”.

& also Plugged in Brighton:

…Not bad, not bad at all.

[EDIT: PiB now has a website – links added, but check it out here]

New album “Vanishing Island” released 3 May ’19

 

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

Yes, that title’s a dig at Brexit, but there are no overt protest songs this time round: these are complex emotions, for complex times…  The kind of feelings that don’t even have names – but you know them when they hit home.

I’m very happy with this one, and hope it’s as enjoyable a listening experience as it was to make.

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