Matthew Ryan: “For as long as I’m compelled to write and sing, then I will write and sing. As long as it feels like fire.”

Listening to Matthew Ryan‘s music is always a profound experience. There is something so strikingly real and compelling within the beautifully potent sound and voice of the Pennsylvania born singer-songwriter, something that engages with listeners as much as his words, wisdom, grace and all around humbleness. And it’s like an ultimate fuel for the soul that he shares with us fellow humans.

Matthew doesn’t hide his excitement about bringing his music and his band, The Northern Wires over to the UK, Ireland and Europe to join The Gaslight Anthem on their reunion tour in celebration of the ten-year anniversary of The ’59 Sound. And as Matthew is no stranger to the majority of this audience, I am sure that him and his band will receive a great welcome at each show.

A special headlining gig is set to take place at the Borderline venue in London on 30th July, and if you also wish to experience Matthew in a more intimate setting, make sure to catch one of his solo shows, starting on August 1st in Brighton.

I caught up with Matthew before he journeyed across the water to talk about the upcoming tour, music, life and the fire within…

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Track of the Week / LTNT – Happy Days

Rejoyce! LTNT are back with a staggering new tune HAPPY DAYS, the first single taken from their new EP Yode, out July 13th.

The band called it “a lesson in the negative side effects of being genuinely happy.”

Vocalist Liam says: Going from a homeless goblin’s lifestyle to being married with a nice flat and back again has taught me that the devil makes work for content brains. Take the easy route, get the shit prize. This song was me trying to warn myself about that even before I knew it. “

Check out the lyric video below and make sure to follow the band for upcoming news!

Links – Facebook, Twitter, Bandcamp

Video Of The Week / Michael Malarkey – Captain Solitaire

Actor and musician Michael Malarkey, who is about to finish his 17-date European/UK tour has unleashed a new self-directed theatrical video that gives you a glimpse of the intorverted life of a Hollywood actor. Dark and dreamlike, the video embodies the vibe and spirit of the song.

Captain Solitaire is the title track taken from Malarkey’s latest EP that dropped last month via Hudson Records.

Links – Website, Facebook, Twitter, Captain Solitaire EP

Album Review / Brian Fallon – Sleepwalkers

After one of the most respected punk-rock bands from New Jersey, The Gaslight Anthem, announced an indefinite hiatus back in 2015, their frontman Brian Fallon went on a mission to establish himself as a solo musician. Brian released his debut solo record Painkillers in March 2016, which became a success and received a lot of positive responses from his fans and music critics; and so he quickly took a solid place among his fellow Americana singer-songwriters.  Almost two years have passed and not only we are now very close to the release of Brian’s new album Sleepwalkers (out on February 9th) but to amplify the buzz, The Gaslight Anthem have recently announced tour dates in the US, UK, Ireland and Europe to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of The ’59 Sound record. It ought to be a great year for the fans of Brian and TGA.

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MGMB Playlist – Best of 2017

2017 has been an incredible year for new music and some outstanding tracks and records have been released throughout the year. A bunch of my favourite bands and singer-songwriters have once again outdone themselves and I have also made some great new music discoveries. Here I present all the tunes and albums I have listened to the most this year (in no particular order); ones that touched me, cheered me up, made me dance and overall made each day a lot brighter! It’s a great mix of genres and individual musical mastery that ought to be mentioned and appreciated. So I’d like to say thank you to all of these guys and all of you MGMB readers! Here’s to 2018! Happy New Year.

Eva x

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