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“The Seizure” – 1st review & interview

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A first look at The Seizure from The Ring Master Review: “one of the most unique and honest artists around” – wow, I’ll take it!

The band gets singled out too, which is cool – “The bass of Stephen Parker again proves a dark invitation to get hooked up on; it’s tempting as brooding as it is catchy against the rhythmic swing of drummer Barney Guy”…

And here’s the conclusion: “In our experience every outing with Matt Finucane has proven an absorbing and rousing adventure in some rich level of degree but The Seizure might just be his finest proposition yet; in fact no question, it is.”

…The write-up goes into more detail about each track, but I think it’s safe to say it went over well, which is always a good feeling.  Check it out, see if it tingles yr fancy.

EDITED TO ADD:

There’s also an interview: embracing the discord, here – which goes into more detail about the band, what’s behind the EP, and what happens next.  As I say, you have to meet me halfway… but it’s always good when someone takes the time to listen and engage; and for what it’s worth, this is the clearest account yet.

gigs Oct/Nov

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Eight Miles High presents a night of far-out live music at the Brunswick Cellar Bar, Hove, with Eight Miles High playlists and liquid visuals in an intimate basement setting.

Fane
a Gnostic mix of folk, ambient, electronic and drone influenced by the forgotten places and times that surround us. Meditative drones, corrupted banjo and squeezebox and lo-fi electronics, and the occasional song about Stonehenge. His second album Geomancer was released in August this year.
https://www.facebook.com/thisisfane/

Matt Finucane
channels Lou Reed stylings into psychotronic darkness. He’s happy to be “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/

Seadog (duo)
is the project of Mark Benton and his eclectic troupe of performers that create dream-pop songs. They combine a variety of influences into a myriad sound of lullabies with anthemic electric and acoustic textures. performing at Cellar Bar as duo with synth, guitars and vocals
https://www.facebook.com/Seadogmusic/

venture down to the Cellar Bar basement for a multi-sensory experience!
Doors open 8pm (first band on 8:30pm)
£4 OTD
Curfew 11pm

 

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JOSHUA LEGALLIENNE

operates predominantly in the realm of free improvisation, interested in a spatial and phenomenological exploration of acoustic sound through the steel-string acoustic guitar
https://vimeo.com/221174095

MATT FINUCANE
psychotronic songcraft
“the troubadour of disharmony” – Ring Master Review
https://www.facebook.com/Matt.x.Finucane/

JAKO
mellow tastes and long atmospheric trips on hip hop beats
https://www.facebook.com/jakoprizant/

music from 8.30pm sharp

…I’ll be playing the 1st gig as a duo – guitar/drums – and the 2nd solo…

…Plus!!!

Sat 16 Nov, Biddle Bros (London E5) 8pm – electric band – details tbc

Sat 30 Nov, Grub Club @ Global Cafe (Reading) 8pm – electric band – w/ The Mirror Pictures + Adam & Elvis, free entry

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:

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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“.

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