Album

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.


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“.


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.


Album: more reviews

Vanishing Island seems to be doing good.  Got a tremendous write-up from The Ringmaster Review – “his finest incitement yet… has something extra which truly set it apart… delicious pop cacophony”.  O yes.

House of Prog went easy on me this time, citing “a somewhat odd and eerie production, with a touch of kraut to the psychedelia”… Thanks, I’ll take it.

Further, Full Circle calls it “ten adventurous songs with inventive arrangements […] Very enjoyable and well made album throughout by an individual and fascinating artist.”

Anyway, pretty soon you’ll be able to decide for yourself – album’s out 3rd May.


new EP “Disquiet” released 19 Oct ’18

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

Here’s the follow-up to Ugly Scene (released earlier this year).

Where that one was… well, ugly…  this is the mirror opposite.  It’s mellow, but be warned: the tracks get freakier as it progresses.  Again, the clue’s in the title.  Enjoy x


next gigs // EP in October

pre-order here

There’s another EP coming out later this year – Fri 19 Oct – which is the opposite half of the picture to the abrasive, noise-heavy protest songs on Ugly Scene.  The clue’s in the title: Disquiet – a mellow slab of grandeur and weirdness.  Till then, got gigs coming up next month and more in Sept-Nov (a mixture of solo and electric band nights, details to follow).  These are the nearest few dates:

Wed 1 Aug, Broadcast (Glasgow) – w/ Peter Cat, doors 7pm

Mon 13 Aug, Half Moon Putney (London SW15)tickets £3 adv

Sat 18 Aug, Acoustic Coffee Club @ Salvage (Brighton)

Thur 23 Aug, Blackout In The Basement @ The Brunswick (Brighton)


new EP “Ugly Scene” released 11 May ’18

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

Not Too Far

The Wrong Side

Ugly Man

Damn Storyteller

City Consolation

Out today: the loudest and most obnoxious set of recordings I’ve done in quite a while – it felt like that kind of time again.  The follow-up, hopefully due later this year, is already finished and takes a different angle… it’s called Disquiet.  But for now, hope you enjoy these dispatches from the feedback frontier x

“spins and spins to weave a heavy and complex sonic web” – indiebandguru.com

 


Unpeeled album review + TOUR NEWS

The 13th August update of Unpeeled has very positive things to say about Glow in the Dark – “once in a blue one, you come across something of genuine interest”, for a start – and I’ve taken the liberty of quoting the entire review somewhere on here.  Go to the site, though, it’s all good writing (and they clearly have excellent taste).

Tomorrow sees the first date of MINOTAUR – South Seas Live in Sheffield.  Facebook pg for that specific gig here.

Wish me luck – or a gloriously messy death. x


GLOW IN THE DARK out today – reviewed by Whiteboard Project

GLOW IN THE DARK – album #2 – is now available from Bandcamp, Amazon, Spotify & iTunes.  And the rest.  My advice is get it from Bandcamp, where it comes with extras.

It’s been reviewed by Whiteboard Project, here.  (Scroll down, it’s the second or third item.)  It “will infuriate some and delight others […] Highly recommended”.   Amen to that.

On top of this, I’m part of a brief tour from 15th – 19th August.


Brighton Souce & Ringmaster Reviews: Glow in the Dark x2

Two more reviews for Glow in the Dark, first from Stu Huggett in Brighton Source magazine:

…And second from Ringmaster Reviews, here.  An ambivalent one, this – “at times not easy to get a handle on”, but “to ignore it would be a mistake”… and “a sinister caress with less than healthy intentions which leaves one rattled but needing to feel its shadows again”(!).  Still, it’s in-depth, which is aces with me.  And uncertainty isn’t a bad thing… I’ve evoked some colourful images in the writer’s head: my work is done.


GLOW IN THE DARK album: first press coverage/BBC gig

Here’s a nice write-up for the upcoming album at indiebandsblog.com

And here’s one at withguitars.com

Appreciated, as ever.  Live, the gigs are gradually pencilling in, circling like corner-of-the eye spectres…  Also, just been offered a BBC radio session, so more news on that soon.


Hard Science vid out now

praise Jeezuz

 The video to my next single, Hard Science (released on Light Crude 28 May) can be viewed above.  It was a lot of fun, albeit very fragmented, to make – not the least difficult was finding a vicar’s collar that fit comfortably and didn’t slip out to the side like a broken bone.  Anyway, now I know how those evangelicals feel: drunk and throbbing with THE POWER OF THE LORD.


[sic] Magazine reviews This Mucky Age

A positive write-up for This Mucky Age from individualist journo Indie Dad.  It’s on the [sic] Magazine site here.

(Seem to recall he quite liked Episodes when it was first released in 2008, too – did I mention it’s just been re-issued by any chance…?)

A review’s always appreciated – even more when it’s favourable.  So far, I’ve been very lucky.


EPISODES re-issue: Mon 20th Feb

2008 debut EP re-released

Episodes is on sale again from tomorrow, via Bandcamp and – shortly afterwards – iTunes, Amazon & all that bunch.

Not only does it include Kafka Song and the hidden spoken-word track from the original CD, but also 3 extra tunes (one of them exclusive to Bandcamp).  It’s been unavailable for a long time due to problems with the original distributors which I won’t go into here – suffice to say a repeat appearance is long overdue.  Check it out.


This Mucky Age reviewed

This Mucky Age gets an interesting write-up from Peter Kemp’s music blog here:

http://peterkempsrecordreviews.blogspot.com/2012/02/matt-finucane-this-mucky-age.html

It’s pretty shrewd; but then it’s a great review so I would say that, wouldn’t I?  (He’s bang-on about the imaginary scenario of Degenerate Son, which seems to have puzzled some people.)

Anyway, check out Peter’s blog – I’m in very good company.


a vid for Valentine’s Day

…and also for the re-issue of “Episodes”

Monday 20th Feb sees the digital re-release of my 2008 EP Episodes, with bonus tracks.  Here’s a short story to celebrate: one for all you Valentine’s Day romantics out there.  (Ha!)