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the band: new photos

7 Aug ’19, The Prince Albert (Brighton) – CCZH Photography

Thought it was about time for some action shots of the band, to go with the recent overhaul of the site…  This new collective focus is reflected in the next EP, which was recorded pretty much live in the studio earlier this year; it’s not just a one-man operation anymore.  Anyway, there’s more to follow, audio & visual.

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]

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