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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


Big Issue North interview, Oct ’18

read the interview here

“this little honesty nugget could poison my future…”

The link above takes you to a lengthy interview I did with Big Issue North recently (then had to keep quiet about for a while).  It was a buzz, and hopefully makes a good read – covering such things as:

What informs your music and songwriting?

What’s on your rider?

and

What’s your worst lyric?

…among others.  A lot of words, so I’ll just leave it there for you to take a look.


AltCorner interview: Stories Behind The Songs, Aug ’18

link to article

This is the first press for forthcoming EP Disquiet – an interview talking about songwriting for AltCorner.  It’s a fine, almost invisible line between saying something interesting and giving the whole game away… but maybe I walked it here.  Have a look, see what you reckon.


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

event link here

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 “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

 


Interview & front cover, Plugged In Brighton

There I am on the cover of Plugged In Brighton 2… And here, with their kind permission, is the interview from the same issue:

 

It was lovely to be asked, and they had some kind words about Ugly Scene too:

“the songs are art rock without being limp and inhabit a weird version of our world […] Matt is raging against whatever is there” … among other things.

There’s good info on local bands in there, so pick up a copy if you live in this hipster gulag – or check their facebook page (link above) and mixcloud, if not.


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.


EP launch & gig

event link here

My new EP comes out today (25th Oct), and I’m doing a gig on Sun 29th for Brighton Noise to mark the launch.  It’s beyond cool to be asked to play by them – plus ChrySalliss Presents – on a bill with Cali Santo and local legends The Long Goodbye.

Following that, there are more gigs across the UK: check back for updates.

EP can be found on Bandcamp here

plus Amazon, iTunes & Spotify


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.”

 


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


AGONY: another short story… kind of

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Had another short piece of writing featured in Agony Magazine – here’s a link for to read of it.


post-rehab: a silly story and some vague hints

agony

Been a while, but not been idle – here’s a link to a short story of mine in Agony Magazine…  Musically, am gearing up for a London gig at the end of March courtesy of The Animal Farm, and whatever else I can scrounge – new songs on the way, too.  Wait and see x


LILITH – Oct 30th – new single out today

LILITH cover

My 2nd single released on The Animal Farm comes out today.  It can be found on Amazon, iTunes, my Bandcamp site & others.  I’ll also have a few promo CDs on hand at the Halloween gig I’m playing.

…& here’s the lo-fi, no-£ video that goes with it:


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.


Brighton Unsigned interview, Sept ’15

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shiny shiny, shiny printed paper…

Here’s a link to an interview in the new issue of Brighton Unsigned (page 9).  If you’re local, an old-skool print version can be picked up in various venues… although they tend to go quick.

Pleased with how it turned out – it’s nice to be asked – and amusingly enough, they spelled my name wrong on the cover and above the article, but not in the text.  Hmmmmm


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


…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”