Gigs

live at last: 22 Sept, Brighton

event link here

So I finally got the go-ahead for another gig in this our post-visitation yr 2021: I’m promoting this one (and one day I’ll stop putting myself lowest on the bill), so you know it’ll be pharmaceutical quality.

After such a long lay-off it feels like a big deal, although the thing itself’s fairly low-key…  Well, I say that, but it features the immensely talented and fascinating Oli Spleen (with friends, in Gaslight Illuminati guise) & unique polymathic genius R Dyer.

Come see!

(NB. it doesn’t matter much, but this gig was originally scheduled for 2 July – I just copy-pasted the original post and changed the date/artwork.  If it happens again, might leave this here as a monument to modest, albeit doomed, ambition.  But that’s loser talk! …I hope.)


Rec Rooms streamed gig on Youtube

Here’s the recent streamed gig courtesy The Rec Rooms, for anyone who doesn’t like Facebook.  It’s only the second time I’ve performed this way, and can’t deny it feels odd playing a set at home to dead silence (a bit like radio, but on yr own and with less reliable tech)… Still, reckon it went pretty well – see what you think.

All these lo-fi home gigs are going to make a weird little time-capsule once the immediate crisis passes… A historical record of people with hair that needs cut, staring at cameras in their bedrooms.

For anyone who fancies a deeper dive, here‘s the #SaveOurVenues gig I did for The Brunswick (fb only unfortunately)…  Having crossed a line, I’ll probably do more of this kind of thing in future – but still prefer actual in-reality gigs.

So here, because I’m feeling maudlin, are a few that never came to pass:

…Hope to reschedule with some of these bands, some day!


#SaveOurVenues livestream, Sun 3 May!!!

The Music Venue Trust needs YOU – to help #SaveOurVenues.
“We need Artists, Music Fans & Local Communities to act together to prevent their local music venues from permanently closing.
Visit saveourvenues.co.uk to get involved.”
no venues = no new music
#saveourvenues

As part of the #saveourvenues campaign, I’m doing a streamed gig on Facebook to raise funds for The Brunswick – a venue I’ve spent a lot of time in over the last several years, both onstage and audience.

It’s Sunday 3 May, 7pm UK time – on my Facebook page or the venue’s: here.

(Donations can be sent direct to The Brunswick here.)

It’s all quite last-minute, but then the situation’s urgent… and dire… for smaller venues in lockdown: I’m hoping we can all help each other out.  Keep music (a)live!

 


gig cancellations (March onwards)

All gigs cancelled for the forseeable, unfortunately – but I hope to reschedule, once the Covid crisis is under some semblance of control.

I’ll very likely do something on Facebook live or Youtube quite soon, as much to ward off going stir crazy as anything… Keep an eye out, will update on here as & when.

Take care and thanks for listening – be well

x


Feb gig & a new song on the radio

Next gig’s with Skinny Milk & Leisure Tank on Wed 26 Feb at the Prince Albert here in Brighton, and will be hellish noisy.  Lots more to follow, too (in fact, got stuff lined up till July already)…
A live studio recording of a new song can be heard on the Garden of Earthly Delights show, 1BTN FM.  The song’s called A Friend From Far Away, and is about halfway in (track 12).  It’s an eclectic show, with something for all but the most jaded, sordid and glutted.  Have a dabble:
 

GIGS (rest of…) 2019

Reading

Glasgow

Brighton

Worthing

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Resonance FM live session + gig, Sat 16 Nov

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The band’s doing a live session in London this Saturday: Dexter Bentley’s HelloGoodbye Show, Resonance 104.4 FM – that’s from noon on 16 Nov.  I’ve wanted to play on Resonance for ages, so this is something of a thrill (there might be an interview too).

Later that same day in the same city, we’re gigging on a great line-up… Here’s the info:

Sad House Daddy presents another lively Saturday night of exhilarating live music at Biddle Bros in east London. Free entry and featuring…

8:30pm THE GREAT MALARKEY (Acoustic)
Influenced by the likes of Tom Waits, Pixies, The Pogues, Beirut, Nick Cave, Fanfare Ciocărlia, Manu Chao, The Dead Brothers and Toots & The Maytals (the latter of whom they supported with only their third gig), The Great Malarkey are a riotous mix of musical styles delivered in a “multicultural train of fast beats and trembling slams of punk-folk spirit.” Earlier this year the song ‘Gimme Sugar’ from their second album “Doghouse” was chosen by Tom Robinson as BBC Radio 6 Music Recommend’s track of the week, getting played by daytime DJs Lauren Laverne, Steve Lamacq and Mary Anne Hobbs. The band play a special acoustic set tonight, featuring Alex ‘Ware-Woolf’ Gillings on vocals and guitar, Hugh Jones on vocals and guitar and Joni Belaruski on drums and vocals.
“A wild, multi-gendered gang of rebels brimming with deviant energy and fun… An absolute must see live experience” – Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6 Music
https://www.thegreatmalarkey.com/

9:20pm LEISURE TANK
Leisure Tank are a new female led power duo arrived from Berlin playing raw, minimalistic rock with unpredictable song structures and heavy, danceable grooves. Originally, K.C. (Katalin Czenker) is from Ossak, a tiny East German farm town that was home before the wall came down. Her songs echo that tough landscape, while her gutsy voice and electric guitar can be compared to PJ Harvey or Anna Calvi. She is backed by Budi on drums who plays huge complex rhythms on a gorgeous old Ludwig kit. The duo, in other guises, performed over seven hundred shows in punk squats and alternative acoustic clubs across Europe for a decade, saving their newer harder sound for the tougher British bar and festival crowds. They have just released their latest single ‘Moema’ and are soon to release their just-completed album.
“Gripping indie rock at it’s best” – Tom Robinson
http://www.leisuretank.com/
https://leisuretank.bandcamp.com/

10:10pm MATT FINUCANE
Brighton based singer/songwriter Matt Finucane’s music takes influence from art rock, krautrock and electronic noise and mashes them up into something intense and energetic. His songs have drawn comparisons to Lou Reed, Jeff Buckley, Nick Cave and David Bowie and for several years he has been DIY-releasing albums at a steady rate, getting airplay on BBC Introducing: South (including a live session with an early version of the band), Kerrang Radio and The Séance, among others. He has just released his third album “Vanishing Island” and has a new EP titled “The Seizure” out in November. Live, Matt is accompanied by Stephen Parker on bass and Barney Guy on drums.
“He should be heard by many many people” – Louder Than War Magazine
“A delight. Always great to hear an artist doing things their way” – R*E*P*E*A*T
https://mattfinucane.net/

11:00pm VANITYACT
VanityAct have always been a product of a variety of burgeoning London music scenes. The band started in 2015 in a bedroom in Hackney, with the main goal of being equal parts jazz, soul and punk, and went on to scavenge inspiration from the rich and diverse music of East London’s local bars and pubs. Originally flying under the moniker of Bubblegum, the band decided to start recording an album before playing any shows. This led to the release of their full-length LP, “Life in Colour”, which laid the groundwork for their full-bodied, orchestrated sound, rich with gospel choirs and raw brass ad libs. This sonic idiom was fully realised on their 2018 releases, ‘Original Sin’ and ‘Sunset (in the Key of E)’. During that year they also started their own regular music night in collaboration with Deviant & Dandy Brewery, entitled “The VanityAct Jamboree”, where they invite their favourite London bands to play laid back sets. The band are Henry Louis Ogilvie Dabrowski on vocals and guitar, Gabi Demera on bass and vocals, Alex Montgomerie-Corcoran on guitar, Jamie Burnett on drums and Helen Walpole on synth and vocals.
https://vanityactforthepeople.bandcamp.com/
https://soundcloud.com/vanityactforthepeople
https://www.instagram.com/vanityactforthepeople/
https://twitter.com/vanityactband

…Tune in, come along – or both? x

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.

 

 


gig review, Real Music Club (July ’18)

Because reviews of my live performances are few and far between, here’s something from the Real Music Club‘s July Newsletter that’s worth quoting in full:

Fri 22 Jun, Real Music Club @ The Brunswick (Brighton) – w/ Nick Pynn & The Boy In The Cupboard

With thanks to David Page and Joe Bridge.

(Actually, there was one other recent gig review – of the electric band, by Plugged In Brighton, here.)


gig review, Plugged In Brighton 4 (June)

 

The 11 June Hope & Ruin gig, written up in issue 4 of Plugged In Brighton.  Grab a copy round town, unless distance and/or the forces of entropy prevent you (you’ll just have to move to Brighton).  Anyway, it was a very nice night, good to see the other acts getting due credit.  While we’re here… Can I direct you once more to the zine’s latest Mixcloud, which features an old track of mine?  Here it is.


next gig / Monolith Cocktail & Plugged In Brighton / next gig

photo by Lewis McKale

The Hope & Ruin gig was superb – as were Pink Narcissus, Peter Cat and Lewis McKale.  A wonderful night, and thanks to everyone involved.

Two more upcoming local gigs:

Wed 20 Jun, The Prince Albert – electric band (Octopuses single launch) – wegottickets

Fri 22 Jun, The Brunswick – solo acoustic (Real Music Club)

What can I say – I’m a greedy bitch.  To soak up the folly, the gigs will be poles apart in sound, feel and setlist (very different venues too).  For the first, there’ll be electricity, bass and drums; the second, I’ll be alone up there…  After that, it’s oblivion for a little while.

Meanwhile, a track from the new EP’s featured on Monolith Cocktail’s Quarterly Playlist Revue, alongside Dr Octagon, Grimm Grimm and Crayola Lectern, to name a few – it’s an immersive, intelligently-structured listening experience; switch that phone off and strap in for a journey by tracklist.

An oldie, Lilith, features on the third edition of Plugged In Brighton’s Mixcloud in a rockier setting; Young Francis, Big Slammu et al bring the scuzz.

The two programmes are very reflective of the two nights – one’s adrenaline noise, the other’s a head trip.  Explore!


Metal likeness, 25mm

Badges… badges everywhere

A strange feeling, putting yr image into a 25mm metal circle.  How do bands cope with their gormless faces plastered all over T-shirts and other… “merch”?  Come to a gig and take these damn things away.

This is the next one…

…But there are several more to come, including a third go with Safehouse in the Wildcard Quartet, end of June.  Details here, as they become available.  Anyway, ask me for a badge and you can have one.


11 June gig, Hope & Ruin, and other stories

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My next full-band gig’s on Mon 11 June at the Hope & Ruin, with Pink Narcissus, Peter Cat & Lewis McKale.  I’ll be onstage from 8:30, with a new drummer and new songs – truly, playing with the big boys…

Before that, there’s a return to Mr Wolf’s in Bristol (tomorrow!) and another go at Bar 42 in Worthing (electric this time).  I chase the phantom wherever it leads, till the oil runs out and the lights go off.

I love a blog entry studded with enticing blue links.  So – another track from the new EP can be heard on the second Mixcloud from Plugged In Brighton, along with loads of other really good hard stuff.  Listen at leisure.


new EP & gigs (April-June ’18)

preview/pre-order here

There’s a new EP due on 11 May in all its ugly glory… I got tired of introspective stuff and dialled up the noise/sarcasm/repetition.  It’s also, for the most part, very… direct.  Here’s advance word from xsnoize.com.

I’ve already recorded the follow-up, and that’s different again.  Meanwhile, think of this one as an outburst of protest – although the final track may be one of the prettiest things I’ve ever done.  A conundrum, for sure (but not too much of one… it’s getting playlisted a lot, which is very welcome).

Gigs are lining up – solo, as a guitar/drums duo, full electric band – and dates so far include:

Sun 22 April, Punkish Noisish all dayer @ Bar 42 (Worthing) from 3pm – w/The Cars that Ate Paris, Blister Pack, Kuroneko, mouthful ov worms, Perastroika, Cowboy Sex Shop – onstage 6.30pm

Another improv gig, as described previously, in the Wildcard Quartet:

Wed 25 April, Safehouse @ The Verdict (Brighton), 8pm – w/ Shatner’s Bassoon & Bolide, £6/5 (members)

Sun 6 May, Bark @ The Gladstone Arms (London SE1) – w/ Holly R Jones, Sami Fitz, Idle Hands & Corey Leiter

Mon 21 May, Short Steps presents @ Fortune of War (Brighton) – w/ Ja Sputnik, Noisferatu & Pete Wiseman

Mon 28 May, Mr Wolf’s (Bristol)

Fri 22 June, Real Music Club @ The Brunswick (Brighton) – w/ Andy Roberts & The Boy In The Cupboard

More tbc for June onwards.  Ugliness, ugliness everywhere (and I love it)… x

EDIT: you can hear a track from the EP on Indie Arena Radio’s Mixcloud here

 


never to be repeated: Safe House improv gig, 31 Jan

the venue (Verdict Jazz Club) in a quiet moment

So I’ve been going to Safe House here in Brighton for a while, and it’s helped keep me honest and open-minded musically (flexible, too).  It’s a, well, it’s… right, this is off their site:

…collective that hosts two separate nights that focus on improvised and experimental music: Safehouse, on the first Wednesday of every month, and On The Edge, on the last.

[…] There may or may not be any rhythm, tonal centre or structure to the pieces played.  The music is free in that sense.  No premeditated ideas or constrictions.  Any sound is valid.  It is a sonic conversation, in which players respond to each other as spontaneously as possible.

It can be brilliant, terrifying and beautiful or absolute shit, depending on the quiddities of the moment.  Some of the players are very advanced indeed, but I’ve managed to reach a point where I can hold my own onstage well enough as part of a free improv scratch ensemble – or at least not embarrass myself too often.  One aspect of the gig nights is the Wildcard Quartet: four names are selected at random to go on as first support and improvise for about twenty minutes, no quarter asked or given.  (They’re very clear about this… it’s not “jamming”, it’s improvisation.  Start spamming out riffs by rote and they take you out back and shoot you.  Horribly distorted electric guitars are permitted, however.)

Anyway, my name came up for the gig on 31 Jan.  It’s exciting stuff, and will be entirely unique, which is kind of the point.

Event link here  //  Tickets here (£6/5)

The program:

Graham Dunning, Colin Webster, Sam Underwood

In this trio Graham Dunning plays turntable, dubplates and dentristry tools, walkmans and amplified objects. Colin Webster plays saxophone and Sam Underwood the tuba.

In 2014 Graham and Colin released two albums of recordings on the Linear Obsessional and Raw Tonk labels. They also toured the UK and Switzerland – the video below is from their set in Zurich.

https://vimeo.com/96688424

The trio performed a memorable set at Supernormal festival in 2015 and released a CD called Bleed on ADAADAT label – a track from which is below.

https://soundcloud.com/mrunderwood/tarnlavadust#t=0:00

Fettucini Spicer

Fettucini Spicer attempt to provoke/shock each other into action by the application of a multitude of instruments and objects too numerous to mention!

Wildcard Quartet

 

…I have no idea what to expect, and trust me – neither do you.


last 2017 gig: Cargo LDN, 16 Dec, 10-hour homeless charity benefit

Facebook link here

Eventbrite tickets

A big title, but then it’s a big day.  Runs 12 – 10:00pm on Sat 16 Dec, promoted by 69X Music, features:

Amber Anderton/Elliot Falla/Danny Martin/Spidasense/LegPuppy/The Wax Lyrical Sound/Act of Love/40 Shillings On The Drum/LaFlamme/Lauren V/Nemesis…

Plus film crew, a “surprise guest” and me – kicking it off at noon.

Proceeds to homeless charities http://www.streetlink.org.uk/ | http://dotslondon.co.uk/ | https://www.mungos.org/

A good one to go out on for 2017, then.

Here’s a short fb vid:


tour Oct – Dec 17

info

Out on tour for the first time in years, by fits and starts till December.

It’s written up in Misfit City:

“If Matt’s got a keynote as a songwriter, it’s his knack for seamlessly juxtaposing the macabre with the ordinary […]  These days he’s a little wiser and friendlier, but just as stubborn; and still worth spending time with.”

 


Guitars? Who Cares – gig with band, Brighton 8th Oct

event link here

So I’m playing at this all-day celebration of noise on Sunday, with bass and drums and a loud electric guitar again.  We’re on about 6pm, but I can recommend arriving earlier: check that line-up.

5 quid, 11 bands, 9 hours of mind-smashing volume in Brighton’s best, most dimly-lit venue.  Sounds like heaven to me.

BLURB

An All-Dayer showcasing the best Brighton bands and artists playing Alt, Indie and Grunge. Only £5 on the door. #Brighton #Alt #Indie #Grunge #Punk #Rock

Pink Narcissus
Brighton Freak Rock est. 2009
https://pinknarcissus.bandcamp.com/

Idle Bones
Alternative Rock from Brighton.
https://www.facebook.com/IdleBonesUK/

Hell Beings
Fuzz Chug Wailers
https://hellbeings.bandcamp.com/

Matt Finucane
Deliciously dysfunctional, hard-edged art rock.
https://mattfinucane.net/

Thirty Giants
Homegrown heavy featuring bits lifted from all your favourite bands.
https://www.facebook.com/thirtygiants/

ARXX
A fine tuned mix of garage rock and gospel.
https://www.facebook.com/arxxband/

Spleen
https://www.facebook.com/spleenbrighton/

Frank & Beans
Two-piece thunder punk outfit from N. Ireland.
https://www.facebook.com/Frank-Beans-1502143416758541/
https://frankandbeans.bandcamp.com/

Embet Henx
Brighton Rock/Noise Pests
https://www.facebook.com/embethenx/
https://embethenx.bandcamp.com/releases

WitchShark
Punchy, noisy, melodic punk from Brighton
https://witchshark.bandcamp.com/releases

Young Francis
One Man Punk Band
https://www.facebook.com/yyoungfrancis/


BBC session free download

Here’s a free download, moved across to Bandcamp from Soundcloud.

It’s a BBC Introducing: South session with my previous live band (including links by DJ Melita Dennet – these were included in the original files they sent me afterward, and add a pleasing sense of the captured moment).

 

Live-wise, my next gig’s in Brighton at Campbell Rd Studios, for these guys:

Please, feel free to pig out on all of the above.

 

 


gig, Thur 13 April – with electric band

flyer copy

event link here

The acoustic guitar’s in a hempen funeral basket: time to pick up the electric again……………………………….
Dazed & Awake presents –

Octopuses (Bouncy Castle single launch!)
alt indie dance from the bottom of the (Brighton) sea
https://www.facebook.com/octopusesband/

Matt Finucane + band
chanelling Lou Reed stylings with backing band
https://mattfinucane.net/

AK Patterson
folk singer songwriter
https://m.facebook.com/akpatterson

live at the Prince Albert on Thursday 13th April
Doors Open: 8pm
Entry: £4
tickets on the door only

email: dazedawake@gmail.com


a band (definite)… some gigs (rumoured)

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by Pete Wiseman

Not been idle, as the ultra-swift sketch above shows – that’s me playing guitar at an open mic, you can tell by the eyebrows.

Been testing out a lot of new songs lately, getting a heavy slab of stage-time over the last few months – some of it transcendent, some of it pure fucking grim.  But even the misfires excite me.

Okay, enough brand-management.  What news?  Put together an electric band end of last year, just a three-piece but very powerful and much more simpatico – in both senses – than my previous attempt, which was fine but hardly built to last.  Our first gig will be here in Brighton sometime around 30th March, details still tbc.  Before then I’ll be back at the Coach House with Sam Cutting on Thur 16th Feb – more info soon.

May this glorious new year bring you a few moments’ respite from the crushing fear and horror

x


Halloween GIG of inspired madness

C Hse Halloween

be afraid

Got no idea what to expect – here’s a link.

It’s At The Coach House, and therefore will be mental & beyond… Also ties in neatly as a celebration of Lilith coming out.
…And as an exaltation of the evil spirits of the unclean dead rising to destroy the living, of course. All good wholesome fun.


Kind words from Shindig Magazine, radio play & GIG

Screenshot 2015-10-15 15.58

recommendation indeed

Shindig Magazine had some good words for Lilith – see above.

Doing a free gig in Brighton tonight at Molly Malone’s for StrungOut Music.  Onstage early, 8:30ish, which means I’ll probably still be sober.

You can hear Lilith on RoundSound Radio – looks like a good show, all kindsa stuff going on.  That’s from 8pm this eve.

Finally… got a nice (brief) write-up from SupaJam, complete with Soundcloud link.

So that’s 3 different ways you can check out the song for yourself, since I’ll also be playing it live: have a reckon.


Phantom Hound III – Sept 9th

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o sweet lord it’s happening again… EVENT LINK

As you can see, this gig happens on Wed 9 Sept At The Coach House… If you don’t know about this venue, you should.  Same goes for the performers – I’m not playing this time, am just the door-bitch, but in ascending order we have:

Shonalika – one of the best singer-songwriters in a town full of ’em

Crysi di Milo – excoriating spoken word mayhem

& headliners Broken Ears – so tight and heavy it’s frankly SCARY

Music from 8pm, no messing.  The hound of pleasure calls! x