Reviews

video interview & EP review, Oct ’18

Here’s a stranger to daylight, staring back at a camera and talking to Mass Movement about his 10 favourite LPs.  I now understand why vloggers do that thing of having loads of apparently pointless fast cuts even if it’s just them talking (to edit out all the times they blew their lines or dried up.  Try giving a semi-improvised speech for a quarter hour without deviation, hesitation, repetition or several annoying facial tics… even the most glibly confident would struggle.  Still, interesting to try – although I don’t think I could make a “career” out of it).  These aren’t the definitive 10 – more the ones that seemed significant that day – but I hope this small addition to the huge reef of pop cult lists is entertaining, anyway.  And it’s nice to be asked.

From abundance to rarity – here’s a review of Disquiet from Issue 8 of Plugged In Brighton:

…Reproduced here because it’s bootleg as fuck – a paper zine with minimal web presence, and if you don’t live in Brighton you’re unlikely to see a copy.  Both ends of the magnet!

Back soon with gig news…

 

 


3(!) interviews & 1 EP review, Oct ’18

So the new EP’s bagged me several more interviews, following on from Big Issue North and AltCorner… with, if I say it myself, very little repetition and zero rambling.

There’s also a review, courtesy The RingMaster: “a mix of challenge and seduction but most of all a fascination leaning towards needing more”… Hey, I’ll take it.

Here are the links:

Sonic Shocks interview “my feet were floating a couple of inches above the floor and everything was blue round the edges”

Whisperin and Hollerin interview I got a lot of abuse growing up in England with an Irish surname, so it feels good to parade it now

Riff Media interview “I’d be seduced by power […] my hands coated with blood and my soul shrunken to a burnt piece of popcorn, then end my days in front of a firing squad”

…There’s stuff about songwriting, inspirations and the dodgy reality of being an independent artist in 2018.  Also, the EP’s being streamed by Puregrain Audio, here.  So yeah, you can listen and/or read as the mood takes you – with more to come yet.


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.


EP review in Monolith Cocktail, May 31

The new EP’s scored a great review in Monolith Cocktail, which describes it as one of my “best releases yet” – and the in-depth write-up concludes I’ve “seldom sounded better and more imaginative”.  Have a look, see if you agree (and read all the other stuff too… It’s a great gateway into loads of interesting music).

On a related subject, another shout out for Plugged In Brighton Mixcloud 2 – which features a track from the EP.  Here’s the playlist: Frank & Beans – Card Song/ Big Slammu – Chicken Pocks/ Young Francis – Short Hair Girl/ Bitch Theme – Tigerlily/ Rotten Foxes – Mullet/ Matt Finucane – Not Too Far/ Sit Down – Candy Bar/ Ditz – Two/ Negative Measures – Chained/ Red Shores – Cold War/ Clt Drp – Merry Go Round/ King Bee Buzzkut


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.


EP review on Subba-Cultcha

A new write-up for the EP here – “This is not your standard Brit-Pop”, featuring “innovation, with sound experimentation, layering and fluctuations within the music’s structure itself, ranging from full-fledged psyched out Pink Floyd-ish granderie at one moment, then over to stripped-down Bob Dylan-like moments of minimalism and pensiveness”.

Good to know it’s doing what it was meant to.

 

 


EP review in Monolith Cocktail

According to this great in-depth review, the EP marks “a welcome return to the music scene, and once again defies categorization”

…Which is very good to know.  If you read the whole entry (I’m about halfway down it), you’ll most likely find several interesting new artists to hear.

 


song of the day @ This Is Not A Drill

A feature on the EP from This Is Not A Drill

“…like with any good outsider, the more you listen to the songs, the more natural they become, and soon those quirks become hooks”

A write-up for Threaten Me With Your Love, to go with this one from withguitars.


reviewed in Give It Back Magazine

GiB

Lilith reviewed here

A nice write-up from an ace magazine…  I don’t often get called “seductive in every sense” (more’s the pity).  That aside, check it out – lots of cool stuff in there.


Lilith: 1st review (Monolith Cocktail, Oct 9th)

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link here

Take a look at this – the other artists are very check-outable, too, loads of stuff to read / listen to – give your mindbrain & earbulbs a treat.

(Just as well I take note of these things, as the review seems to have vanished.  I’d think it was my imagination otherwise – MF In The Future)


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 on the Press page.  Go to the site, though, it’s all good writing (and they clearly have excellent taste, eh?  Eh?!?).

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.


a(nother) blast from the past: Misfit City lives again

inlay for a long-dead cassette, designed by the estimable Marko Nardini

As mentioned before, in a previous life I had a band called Empty Vessels.  It started off as a duo with – hard as it seems to believe now – a heavy but somewhat askew drum n bass influence.  What can I say, we were young, we were foolish (and very, very wired).

Anyway, it was a short-lived but intense period which we moved away from, in small but – with hindsight – inevitable steps, to become an oafish art-rock trio and even to make a tiny commercial dent.  But at the time I speak of, we met a… polarized response.  Some people loved us, some absolutely hated us; I just got off on the ructions, being little more than a kid at the time.  (And any new band now attracting the volume of write-ups we did, both print and online, would be considered as doing quite well; sad but true…)  Very rarely, we’d get an insightful review from someone who might not’ve gone for the music, but appreciated – or at least grasped – what we were trying to do.

Such a review appeared on a literate and thoughtful site called Misfit City, which has been inactive for quite a while but recently started up again.  Here’s the re-issued and updated article on EVs circa 2000… 

It’s true what they say: be it ever so obscure, you never can escape your own past.  But in this case, there’s nothing to run away from and a great deal to be proud of.  See if you agree.


more press & BBC session news

Here’s another write-up for Hard Science from is this music?  Good again: I’m a punk poet prepared to push the boat out, it sez.  Damn right.

The BBC Introducing: South session takes place next Sunday, 24th June – more details as soon as I have them (probably tomorrow).  Exciting stuff.


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 inky tenebrous corner-of-the eye spectres, hazing toward actuality, an’ shit…  Also, just been offered a BBC radio session quite soon, so more news on that swiftly.


God Is In The TV reviews Hard Science, 10th May

Good ink…

Here’s a review of forthcoming single Hard Science on God Is In The TV’s site.

It’s a good one: “If these two avant-pop tracks are anything to go by then the album should be, at the least, intriguing.”

Read the article, listen to the tracks when they’re released at the end of this very month, and see if you agree.  (In fact, Hard Science can be heard on the Bandcamp player at the top of this page.  If you like, you can watch the video, too.)


[sic] Magazine reviews This Mucky Age

A positive write-up for This Mucky Age from well-regarded individualist journo Indie Dad.  It’s on the superb [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 so when it’s favourable.  So far, I’ve been very lucky.


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.)

There’s one or two more reviews of the album to come – in fact I’ve already seen one of em and it’s another positive write-up; will link to it as and when posted, obviously.

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


Nightshift reviews Hands Up

Venerable Oxford music magazine Nightshift has a review of Hands Up in its December 2011 issue: link to pdf here.

It’s filed under “demos”, but you can’t have everything: in a previous life, I grew up in Oxford and played in various oikish, leather-jacketed schoolboy weirdo bands, so this is actually quite gratifying.  Nice write-up, too.  Ah, those dear dead days in Thin Blue Wrists and Empty Vessels – I couldn’t carry on like that anymore, it’d simply kill me.  And I’ve got a second album to finish… (Also a gig in London on Tue 6th Dec).  Happy Xmas!


album reviewed

Nothing like positive coverage to make an egomaniac’s day worthwhile

There’s a good write-up for the album in this month’s BN1 Magazine.  It’s not online yet, but can be found in print around Brighton.  I’m a pirate and a rascal, apparently – also a devil may care rebel.  Naturally, this is very gratifying.  Favourable comments on the music, too.

A few more reviews (that I’m aware of) should appear soon, but this’ll do nicely for now.

[EDIT – the review can now be read on the Press page.  All copyright BN1 Magazine, all effrontery mine.]


the single: reviewed

I’m weeping milky tears of joy…

Here’s the first coverage of Wet Dream Disaster in Brighton Source magazine:

http://www.brightonsource.co.uk/reviews/55-reviews/1640-critic-february

(It’s a little way down the page – I’ll archive it in full in the PRESS section presently.)

They’ve picked up on the spunk motif, which is misleading – it’s not really about bodily fluids, but why let that get in the way of a catchy title?  My younger self, striving away in the musical hinterlands so pious, serious and right-on, would be elaborately and self-righteously horrified.  But I’ve kept faith with my creative hopes in one important respect: no compromise.  None.

Good review, too.