Category: Matt finucane

Matt Finucane releases the video for Evil Relief – new EP The Seizure out November 8th.

Dirty Ol’ Crow – Strangers Nest

After a few years of making sure everything was exactly
right – five years to be exact – German/Lativan/Italian but residing in London
rockers Dirty Ol’ Crow release their debut EP and for fans of glam and sleaze
rock this is one that will definitely reach all the right spots particularly on
the track ‘Sex Dictator’ – strong guitar work, catchy chorus and feelings of
the sunset Strip.

In fact the latter feeling resides throughout the EP on the
aforementioned and Mistress of Sin while songs like Johnny Boy and closer Queen
of Rats switch things up with more of a late 70’s vibe – the former opening
with a great guitar solo 

If you just want to listen to something and rock out you can’t
go wrong with this – shall be interesting to see what they have in mind for the
album.

Matt Finucane – The Seizure EP (Light Crude)

Following the acclaimed Disquiet EP it’s time to return to
the world of Matt Finucane – once again the world is dark but also melodic –
the line ‘I know I never did anything wrong, I never hurt anyone except we know
that’s not true’ from opener Evil Relief first comes to mind but also with a
great use of honesty throughout including the literally titled ‘Honest Song’
and on Slaughter Ink we get a powerful closer accompanied by Nik Hanscomb from
Junkboy – essentially this is another EP from Matt that needs to be heard by
more people and I hope that will happen with this EP and more going forward.

Jack & Sally – Who We Become (Engineer Records)

A nice slice of alt/pop rock here with a good concept
throughout of fighting the modern evils in society through the character of
Macy as we follow their call to revolution in Nevernia -fun, catchy, melodic
tunes but with a message that resonates well on tracks like Tomorrow’s
revolution and Macy – the former being in mind for six years according to Ben
Felix and to quote our recent chat: ‘The idea first
came to me when I was at uni and most employers wouldn’t even consider hiring
me because I was an immigrant without a work permit. There was a lot of anger –
and it inspired a whole new world that I’ve written about – that world is
called ‘Nevernia’ – it’s very much what the EP is based around. ‘

With a love of Green Day –
particularly American Idiot – it’s not hard to see why the message works well
and with songs like these Jack & Sally will scratch that pop-punk itch that
has sorely neglected.

Matt Finucane announces new album

Following on from the success of his latest EP “Disquiet”, Matt Finucane has announced the release of his new album “Vanishing Island” on May 3rd through Light Crude Records.

Hull Doom merchants, The Parasitic Twins today announce a lo-fi heavy cover of the 90s classic ‘Spaceman’ by Babylon Zoo, out on Friday, April 5, 2019 with all proceeds going to The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM). The single is taken from a split EP with York-based hardcore punks, The Carnival Rejects (released via Bandcamp on May 31st in association with Man Demolish Records).

Terraborn release new video

Following the release of their new EP “Call To War”, British metallers Terraborn have released a brand new video of the same name!

SPQR release new track

Liverpool-based alternative art rock trio SPQR have today released their storming new single ‘Josephine’ ahead of an appearance at the BBC 6music Fringe Festival in Liverpool this weekend.

You can watch a very special live session of the track from Off The Record Festival for Distiller TV here: https://youtu.be/FTh0eaRLnp4

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Three years on from Episodes Matt Finucane has returned with another slice that recalls 90’s indie – but not the ‘Cool Britannia’ rhetoric that’s now being seen as marketable again so says the cyclical nature of the business, no this is more closer to the dark side, the unconventional side that has hints of a sharp bite among the major chords such as on People Move On which all builds up to the psychedelic Dead Men Sing Us To Our Rest that has Matt deciding to lovingly craft something akin to Piper/Dark Side of The Moon era Pink Floyd with the use of ambience and conversation in the background.

Overall with Disquiet we get a very good point to start with Mr Finucane if you haven’t already – if you like it more unconventional then this mixture of indie and psychedelic will work wonderfully and it’ll be good to see what 2019 holds and which direction will come next…

words by Matt D

We catch up with Matt Finucane for his highlights of 2018 so far, upcoming goals and shoutouts to some artists such as Fukushima Dolphin!

What’re your
highlights of the year so far?  
Matt Finucane (Guitar,
Vocals) – Survival, with health and marbles intact.  Otherwise, all kinds of DIY activity that
went surprisingly well: an EP out, another one due, a mini tour, bit of
promoting gigs and gig swaps…  Standing
on a hill in Glasgow in the rain after one of those, thinking “wow, I’m
actually doing this.”

What are
your goals for the rest of the year?  
MF – More of everything.  More of
the grim struggle to get taken seriously in this insane business.  Work ethic!
No surrender!

Which new
bands/artists are you into right now?  
MF – If I tell the truth and say “nobody”, I sound hopelessly out of
touch and ready for the grave, or a total egocentric prick.  Fact is, I’m recording a load of new stuff
and don’t want any stray influences creeping into it, and once it’s done I’ll
be receptive again.  There are loads of
great local artists I like seeing play live in Brighton though: Fukushima
Dolphin, Emperors of Ice Cream, Chop Chop, Map 71, Trench… just to throw some random
names out.  

What was the
band or artist that got you into music or inspired you to be a musician?  
MF – Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground.  I heard that first album and that was it for
me.

How best do
you write; in a jam room or a studio?  
MF – I mainly write at home, when it’s quiet and I can concentrate
alone.  But my live band keeps finding new
ways to play, so I’m thinking of switching back to writing in the rehearsal
studio.  We use a converted Victorian
public toilet, this underground bunker, which is… atmospheric.

What was
your wildest show so far, and why?  
MF – Maybe Trans Pride 2-3 years ago, backing a singer on acoustic guitar,
very exposed on a huge stage in a sunlit park, in front of the biggest crowd
I’ve played for.   A beautiful day, but it wasn’t mine, wasn’t my
show: I was an impostor.  Also, I had one
of the worst hangovers of my life, my feet were floating a couple of inches
above the floor and everything was blue round the edges…  So I boshed down a handful of diazepam the
moment I staggered offstage.  Wild under
sedation.

Where is the
furthest across the globe you’ve played so far
?  MF – Inverness, just after Halloween last
year.  Two 45-minute solo sets in a
fantastic venue with the worst flu of my life.  There’s a pattern developing here…  Maybe I did something dreadful in a past
existence and this is how I’m paying for it?
Well, that’s fine with me: I look forward to feeling like hell all over
the world.

Brighton-based musician
Matt Finucane is set to release his new EP “Disquiet” on October 19th
via Crude Records!