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Feb gig review / visuals

“Matt played his guitar with menace tonight”

The gig went really well – thanks to Leisure Tank and headliners Skinny Milk.  We got reviewed, too, courtesy Plugged In Brighton – link here.  A brief video:

 

And a few pix (thanks to Mik Hanscomb.  The out-of-focus shots of the other bands are mine – I’m a musician, not a photojournalist… clearly):

…Onward to the next one.

 


in the studio, Jan ’20

noises (Church Road Studio)

burnt orange (Church Road Studio)

lights! (Audiobeach Studio)

…more on these developments soon


2019

Resonance FM session

RingMaster Review interview

EP release – The Seizure

LP track by track

LP release – Vanishing Island


Resonance FM session & gig video, 16 Nov

pic(s) by Dexter Bentley

Here’s the live session & interview we did for Dexter Bentley’s HelloGoodbye Show on Resonance FM – it’s very close to the start of the show, and is four uninterrupted songs (including a brand new number) followed by some chat:

That was our afternoon.  Later on, we went to Biddle Bros in E5 for a very loud gig:

Honest Song / Evil Relief / Perilous Seat / A Friend From Far Away / Caught Making Signals / Raw Material

…It’s a lot – dive in.


the band: new photos

7 Aug ’19, The Prince Albert (Brighton) – CCZH Photography

Thought it was about time for some action shots of the band, to go with the recent overhaul of the site…  This new collective focus is reflected in the next EP, which was recorded pretty much live in the studio earlier this year; it’s not just a one-man operation anymore.  Anyway, there’s more to follow, audio & visual.


Perilous Seat vid exclusive

The video of Perilous Seat can be seen exclusively via Pure Grain Audio, here.  It’s a DIY epic of indifferent miming, lurid colours and general dislocation – every penny’s up there on the screen.  Hope you enjoy…  If not, you can claim back the 3min 47sec of yr life from me at a gig, with this handy token:


gig / studio session / new single: pix

So the gig went well…

…and three days later, we went into the studio to record as a band – which also went very well (more on that later)…

…but meanwhile, there’s a new single coming out next month:

 

Due 8 March, accompanied by a video (one of my no-budget, lo-fi specials) – link to follow.


2018 in fuzzy pixels


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!

[EDIT: as of July ’19, PiB now has a website – check here]

Back soon with gig news…

 

 


live video & pix: Wildcard Quartet, 25 April

As part of my musical sideline as a (novice) member of the Safehouse collective, here’s some video footage – and photos – from the 25th April gig supporting Shatner’s Bassoon & Bolide, once again courtesy Agata Urbaniak:

…photos on Flickr here

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s good to branch out…


live video/photos, Bar 42 April ’18 (Agata Urbaniak)

Fantastic, atmospheric photos by Agata Urbaniak – follow this link to Flickr for more

These were taken at Sunday’s Bar 42 gig, and include shots of Dran Krwawy, La Pequena Em, Kuroneko… I really like this photographer’s work, which captures the heightened, adrenalised feel of live performance better than most others I can think of – without resorting to any of the obvious moves – so it’s a thrill to be included.  Feast yr eyes, glut yr etc.

And for good measure, here’s a video of an unreleased song called Evil Relief :


2017 in fuzzy pixels

Quite a full year: a new live band plus lots of gigs, an EP release and tour.  Here’s to another like it, but more so – it’s been great, and thanks everyone who’s listened.  (Should point out, I do own more than one shirt… look closely and you’ll see they’re not all the same garment – just very, very similar.  Maybe next year I’ll experiment with another colour or two.  Maybe.)

x


Cargo gig pix Dec 17

from the 69X End of Year show at Cargo, London, 16th Dec ’17

photos by Paul Newman


Guitars Who Cares gig pix

Photos of the band onstage at the Guitars Who Cares all-dayer, put on by Poupee Visage at Green Door Store (as you just might be able to tell from the glowing backdrop).  They’re grainy because they’re stills from a video camera – sadly the footage was unusable because we were too loud for the mic.  It was a good gig.


“Threaten Me with Your Love” – new video

EP released 25th October 2017


electric band PIX

Some photos of Thursday’s full-band gig.  Mik and Steve sounded great – dead showbiz.


18th Dec gig photos

Some photos by Heather Johnson of last night’s Green Door Store gig supporting I, Ludicrous (except no. 4, by Phil of Spinning Chilli).

Went very well, especially for a first gig as a duo.  A high note to finish 2016 on.

(Think I, Ludicrous have forgiven me for bailing out on their set due to transport issues the first time I supported them a while ago…  They were inconsolable for years, of course.)


Agony Magazine – live performance video

Here’s a live performance of an unreleased song for Agony Magazine – there were 3 tracks recorded that day, so maybe more to follow at some point.  It was super-efficient and lots of fun, which hopefully comes across on video.

I’ll probably be playing this number at my late-December gig:

Dec gig flyer

 


Balcony Session live: behind the scenes

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fireworks, car alarms, gales and rain

A few pics taken by Andrew Nicholls & others at Angle Magazine HQ in Eastbourne last week – where I went to perform a live music video as part of their Balcony Sessions series.  Went pretty well… climate and other distractions aside.

Look out for the session on their website.

(Except it never appeared: the magazine went under before they got around to it.  Ah well, was fun)


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


Hot TV action

 

Seasonal fear!  Here’s a new song from me at 6min26 called Dead Men Sing Us To Our Rest – very apt for the dark, hushed mortuary time of year it was shot and broadcast…

This is episode 4 of StageUp Unplugged, which went out on local TV & Virgin 159 just before Xmas, now archived to their Youtube channel.  Do check it out – there’s other good stuff on there, plus it’s an interesting and worthwhile outfit: a Social Enterprise involved in mental health.

More news (and hopefully, gigs) soon.

 


launch gig photos

some pics by Agata Urbaniak from last night’s launch of In The Evil Empire

(l-r: MF, Dolly Dollycore, Pete Wiseman, Vicky Gould & Stephen Bad Mother-Folker)

It went very well indeed – thanks to all who came, and I’ll probably stick some video highlights on Youtube soon.


behold Waterghosts on film

watch on Youtube

A 3-part video of the Waterghosts live performance at St Mary’s Church (Brighton Fringe Festival) can now be watched on Youtube.

I’m in Part 2 (see above) – here’s Part 1 & Part 3.

It’s an astonishing document.  Have a look, draw yr own conclusions…