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“Something That Can Help” out 29 Jan ’21

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First of three singles – next one follows in about a month.  This one’s my last word on a pet subject – a focused, direct guitar number (another last word, possibly).  Hope you enjoy.

new single, Jan ’21

Got an album out in April, and in the run-up to release am putting out 3 singles.  The first, Something That Can Help, is due Friday 29 Jan.  It’s been aired on Dexter Bentley’s Hello Goodbye Show on Resonance 104.4 FM – listen here… & Radio Reverb’s Pete Jones Show – here.

There’s also a review up on Plugged in Brighton: “It’s a cliche to talk about singers who wear their hearts on their sleeves but in Matt’s case, you can add all the other major organs”.

True, that.  Have an advance listen, see if you agree.

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.

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