Gigs

next gigs: End Of The Trail, Blue Man BTN

event link here

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

event link here

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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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


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.


Wed 8 July gig – photos to snare the eye!

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grey is not a rock n roll colour

The Phantom Hound gig went down on Wednesday, and here on my Facebook page are some great photos taken by Andrea Shamlou – all the artists, all the atmosphere, the very smells themselves.

Many thanks to those who came, those who played, and those who supported in other ways: it was a blast.  Hopefully I’ll do it all again in September, but different.  x


…but before that (Good for What Ails You, 5th July)

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EVENT page

Before Phantom Hound on 8th July, I’m playing at Good For What Ails You, at the Bee’s Mouth.  It’s eclectic, it’s cheap to get in, it starts at 5pm on Sunday 5th.  The last one (I went as a punter) was mental.  Check it out:

“This month’s eruditional jamboree steps up to the pulpit to present you WORDS of POWER, TALES of WISDOM, JAPES of WRATH, TASSELS of RIGHTEOUSNESS with Jimmy Bullet, Johnny Wardlow, Muffy Hunter, Matt Finucane, Fraser Geesin Leisure Centre and MC Dan Belton”


GIG, 8th July, Brighton – PHANTOM HOUND presents…

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 EVENT page

This is going to be a very interesting gig.

It features super-powerful performance poet Gary Goodman, renowned multi-instrumental improviser Alistair Strachan, some attention-whore with an Irish surname that’s hard to pronounce, and devastatingly dark new talent Rochelle McLean.

And it happens in one of the – if not thecoolest venues in Brighton.  Wed 8 July, folks.  It may be Summer, but BRING BACK DARKNESS.


gig, LDN, 25 May + DIY album recording

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 amazing what you can do with £0.00

 Am playing a free all-day gig in London – Smile Acoustic @ RichMix, E1 – this Monday (25th).  On 4pm-ish, I think.  There’s loads of musicians involved – here’s the event page.  Looks fun.

Also, been recording another full-length effort lately…  Self-produced, micro-budget, with assists here and there from talented friends.  It already sounds exciting, might even end up as the best thing I’ve done so far.

Anyway, come to the gig and hear some of the songs that’ll be on it.


1st gig under new evil regime: 14th May, LDN

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 Well, you takes your vote and you makes your choice.  And the nation has chosen.  For FUCK’S SAKE (yes, I fully understand the concept of democratic representation – that’s what makes it so depressing).

Instead of curling up and weeping with despair, I’ve got a gig – Thur 14th May, Icarus Club @ Pelton Arms, Greenwich, free entry, doors 8pm.  The format’s a bit different: all 5 acts do 2 short sets each.  Also appearing are Bruise, Yeti Love, Charlie Hole Music & Little Beach.

It’ll be great, and in an Age of AUSTERITY it’s free to get in.  Come!


NO POSITIVE VIBES!!! (a proposal)

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we’ve all been there, right?

I’m thinking of starting my own regular music/performance event here in Brighton.

There’s a lot of smug, cosy, middle-of-the-road bullshit for grownup children – and very little that’s genuinely got any darkness or challenge to it.  Something has to be done, and soon.  Therefore, I propose:

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(Although I back-pedalled later on the “we don’t want yr money” bit, when someone – quite rightly – pointed out that making it free was, in its own way, just as blithely bourgeois as the stuff I was railing against… and meant the bands couldn’t get a share of the door.  I stand corrected…  And from now on, you pay!) 


SINGLE RELEASE & LAUNCH GIG

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In The Evil Empire is released today by The Animal Farm – it can be bought on Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon and all the others.  I even have some CDs, but those are for sale at gigs.

Speaking of gigs, there’s a launch event in 2 days here in Brighton – Phantom Hound #1 in Kemptown.  The venue (At The Coach House) is unusual and the lineup’s great.  Also, it’s free.

Here’s the single’s artwork in all its splendid ugliness:

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a grove of totem poles

Craft in the Woods Festival, Future Roots area, October 4th

A strange and rewarding couple of days.  An odd feeling, making a long way home through a forest in heavy dusk after a gig – especially alone on the second evening, felt like I was walking in step with the ghosts of a Roman legion… or maybe it was smoke inhalation from the bonfire.

Otherwise, my single comes out on November 24th – launch night Wed 26th.  More soon.


words/music/more words – a dish of news, July ’14

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this, but on the radio

I’ve got an hour of spoken word and live music coming out on Radio Reverb, hopefully on Sun 27 July at 11pm (then repeated three times the following week).  A preview of the first two and a half minutes can be heard here.  That’s 97.2FM kids.*

It was a buzz to put together – kind of nerve-wracking too… if I manage to hold yr attention, unsettle you a bit: good.

Otherwise, got some gigs coming – including a London leg of Waterghosts.

UPDATE:

*& it’s now going out on Sun 24th August.  Not sure what happened there, but it’s confirmed for broadcast on this date.


…& now it’s gone. Waterghosts, plus gig news

Waterghosts was a success; both on its own terms and going by audience reaction.  Jamie Sturrock, awkward visionary, I salute you (many people can talk a good game about stuff like this, very few actually risk doing it).

It was exciting to read out my writing in the pulpit, and to work with so many talented musicians and performers; sitting in the engine room and feeling all that improvised sonic deviltry strafing the church was wonderful.

Now I’ve got some gigs, first one Sunday 1 June.

a few Waterghosts pics – more on my Facebook page:


Lou Reed tribute gig, Sat 7th Dec, Kemptown

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visitation of an American Poet

I’m playing at a Lou Reed tribute night in Kemptown, (At The) Coach House.  It starts at 7pm, on Sat 7th Dec.  Here’s the address:

22 Walpole Road
Brighton BN2

website

There’ll be loads of people playing songs from all across his incredible body of work.  I’m doing… Actually, no.  If you want to find out, you’ll have to come along.  Anyway, it promises to be a fantastic celebration.


feast yr eyes…

A few pics from Saturday’s gig At The Coach House:

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…As you can see, it’s an interesting place, the kind worth playing Just Because (that thing in the 3rd photo’s a beyond-vintage speaker, not a municipal radiator, btw).  Gig went well and got recorded – might stick it on Soundcloud, whole or in part, in the near future.


Container Drivers/gig/BHCR 13th – 25th April

A track of mine can be heard on Container Drivers Radio, Fri April 13th:

Playlist – Part 1

  1. The Beat – Stand Down Margaret
  2. Edwyn Collins – Carry On,  Carry On
  3. Matt Finucane – Degenerate Son
  4. Rollor – Minority of the Opulent
  5. Spacemen 3 – Take Me To The Other Side
  6. Jaguar Love – Up All Night
  7. King Khan and The Shrines – Land of the Freak
  8. Flies on You – Spain
  9. Woodpecker Wooliams – Sparrow
  10. The John Knox Sex Club – The Devil’s in Your Hands
  11. Monoganon – Eternal See You Soon
  12. Pokey LaFarge – Mr. Nobody
  13. 3th Floor Elevators – Levitation
  14. The Fall – Spinetrak

Playlist – Part 2

  1. Dengue Fever – Glass of Wine
  2. Young Marble Giants – N.I.T.A.
  3. Netarine No 9 – Found Things
  4. The Donkeys – Lower The Heavens
  5. True Widow – Duelist
  6. Trapped Mice – Arthur’s Seat
  7. Battery Face – Pugsley
  8. The Monochrome Set – Ici Les Enfants
  9. King Tuff – Wild Desire
  10. Holograms – Apostate
  11. Cowboy 78 – The Wiseguys
  12. Richard Swift – Dracula (Hey Man !)
  13. Roberta Flack – I Told Jesus

…The programme’s up on their site for a while, so give it a listen.  Apart from my song (a live acoustic track & B-side to Nemesis), there’s loads of cool stuff on the playlist – as you can see.

Sadly the Edinburgh gig, Tuesday 16th with Rollor, isn’t happening.  Such is life…

However, I’m still doing a live session on BHCR on Thur 25th April @ 6pm – such is… death???  The last time was a lot of fun, pretty freeform and relaxed – this one’ll be even better.


next gig: Thursday 20 Sept, Brunswick, Brighton

And here’s another gig, back home at the Brunswick in Brighton – details here.  Thur 20 Sept, doors 8pm, tickets £4 or £3 adv from Brunswick site (with unlimited cheap guestlist).

I’m closing the night from about 10:20, and get a 40-min set – which gives me a chance to play some stuff from album 2 that’s not been aired before.  The other acts are Jessica Mary York and Daniel Powell.  Thanks to Andy Hillion for promoting, and as it’s a nice atmospheric venue this should be a memorable night: looking forward to it.