Gigs

gig: Hope & Ruin, Brighton, 6 Nov

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BOUNCING SKULL PRESENTS

L C PUMPKIN
astonishing lo-fi outsiderness
“Warping keyboards, fuzz-banjo, blown-out drum machine beats and extremely catchy songwriting” – Upset The Rhythm
“It was good” – Jarvis Cocker
https://www.facebook.com/lcpumpkin/
https://www.lcpumpkin.co.uk/

ADAM & ELVIS
formidable and poignant live band with a mighty work ethic, fresh from supporting Fat White Family, The Correspondents, Splashh and The Zombies
“Their track The Artiste takes you gently by the hand and draws you down a hypnotizing route that leads to some surprising places” – Steve Lamacq, 6MUSIC
https://www.facebook.com/adamandelvis/
https://www.instagram.com/adamandelvis/

MATT FINUCANE + BAND
hypnotic art-rock noise
“Really should be heard by many many people” – Louder Than War
https://mattfinucane.net/
https://www.facebook.com/Matt.x.Finucane/

Tue 6 Nov, The Hope & Ruin – 11-12 Queens Road, Brighton BN1
£4 OTD // £3 advance
DOORS 8pm
MUSIC from 8.30 sharp


gig: Quadrant, Brighton, 11 Oct

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BOUNCING SKULL PRESENTS

YOUNG FRANCIS – onstage 10pm
Young Francis plays guitar by hand, drums by foot and sings by mouth. No effects, no pedals, no loops, no tricks.
Young Francis sings 2 minute songs about girls, getting high and hanging out.
“A one-man Ramones, with a touch of John Cooper Clarke wit”
– Brighton Unsigned
https://www.facebook.com/yyoungfrancis/
https://youngfrancis.bandcamp.com/

MATT FINUCANE – onstage 9.15
Deliciously dysfunctional… now with drums!!!!!!!!
“Music runs through the core of the mysterious and ground breaking singer/songwriter/poet” – Brighton Source
https://www.facebook.com/Matt.x.Finucane/
https://mattfinucane.net/

LA PEQUENA EM – onstage 8.30
Punked up cover versions on a distorted electric uke with masks, wrestling, sharks and fun.
https://www.facebook.com/La-Pequena-Em-102359780643879/

ART SCUZZ FOREVER!!!

Thur 11 Oct, The Quadrant – 12-13 North Street, Brighton BN1
£4 OTD
DOORS 8:00pm
MUSIC from 8:30 SHARP


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.)


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)


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, PLUS: 69X TV 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, and pretty soon I’ll be appearing on the third 69X Music TV show – news of that soon.  Here’s me playing live to camera in 30-degree heat:

 


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

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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

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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/


2 new-old free downloads (and a gig)

Here are two free downloads, moved across to Bandcamp from Soundcloud:

a BBC Introducing: South session with my previous live band…

 

…and a studio track recorded at the same time as Lilith and In The Evil Empire

 

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.

 

 


next gigs: End Of The Trail, Blue Man BTN

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Dazed & Awake presents –

Fukushima Dolphin,
a rock band with striking melodies, powerful harmonies, a sea of guitars and synthesised leads.
https://www.facebook.com/fukushimadolphin

Matt Finucane
singer/writer/horror freak Matt Finucane takes his influences from Lou Reed, Mark E Smith and horrible electronic noise (despite primarily performing on acoustic guitar)
https://mattfinucane.net/

Broken Ears
Broken Ears fuse americana and blues influences with a sense of urgency and energy derived from their punk rock roots to create an eclectic mess of sounds.
http://brokenearsmusic.bandcamp.com/

Free entry from 8pm
for further info email dazedawake@gmail.com

 

… before that, got a gig courtesy End Of The Trail Records

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GIG – electric guitar, 4th May, Brighton

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Blurb:

Join us for our last Showcase night before the summer featuring…

The Decadent Dayze – everyone’s favourite, Syd Barrett in a 90’s garage rock band, what’s not to like? With Stephi Sky on drums….

https://soundcloud.com/the-decadent-dayze

Matt Finucane – Bowie spiked space oddity and part-time goth, with Mik Hanscomb on the drums. Don’t try to pretend!

http://mattfinucane.net/

Binky – Sagres-soacked Sway castaway Baz is joined by the enigmatic rainbow-killer Pete Wiseman for their first show together. Who knows what to expect? 

First band about 8.30

Free

…In a slight departure from the standard gig template, I’m neither solo acoustic nor playing with a full band this time, but have Mik joining me on drums.  This means improvisation, cheap FX pedals and hideous noise.  Fake-psych!  (Psych-faux?)

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gig, Thur 13 April – with electric band

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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


Gig, Brighton, 16th Feb – w/ Greenness & Sam Cutting

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Facebook event link here

 First gig of 2017, and a very auspicious start – playing at the Coach House, the most fascinating venue in Brighton, with Sam Cutting and Greenness.  Last time I played there, I was attacked by giant spiders lowered from the ceiling.

The format’s interesting too: each act plays two sets of 15 minutes, which nixes the idea of Headliner vs. Underlings and adds variety for you, the discerning listener who’s smart and wonderful enough to come along (okay, enough).

…Anyway, doors at 7.30 and music from 8 sharp x


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


EP on Youtube // GIG details, New Cross Inn

A remastered version of the Self Possession EP is on Youtube.  It features some truly diseased noises, now louder and in sharper definition.  If you want a download, it can also be found on Bandcamp.

Some new details on Thur 20 Oct gig at the New Cross Inn, London – event page here:

Beach Coma
A blues/punk/garage rock ‘n’ roll band from Rotterdam with a raw and energetic sound.
https://soundcloud.com/beach-coma-1

The Asif Outlaws
Hard rocking foursome from London
https://play.spotify.com/album/6p0zFiPwsEQzXvMKXQunIe

The Virtues
The Virtues, from the depths of Suffolk, are an alternative rock original four piece band doing solely what they love to do.
https://soundcloud.com/thevirtues

Matt Finucane
“Pushing the idea of one-man and his guitar to its limits. With a noticeable Lou Reed influence, his songs move between gentle laments to attacks on his guitar that teeter on a knife-edge. Matt pulls all this of with a suave cool and a voice that echos Jeff Buckley and Nick Cave.” – CMU
https://soundcloud.com/matt-finucane

£3 Entry / 7pm Doors


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

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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


Trans Pride & beyond

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 can you tell which one’s me?

Had a blast backing Crysi di Milo at Trans Pride last weekend (then in a sex-dungeon at Fag Machine on Wed 29th).  We absolutely killed, so might go into a studio soon and make some horrendous noise, see what happens.  Both events were lovely and it was a privileged buzz to play a – very minor, but fun – part.