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

Getting To Know The Yada Yada Yadas

Inspired by 90’s US alt rock, Durham based trio The Yada Yada Yadas arrived on the music scene 18 months ago and swiftly became the darlings inside the alt rock / fuzzy pop sound sphere. Delivering fresh and appealing noise, BBC 6 Music took notice after they unleashed their debut single Oceans, leading onto playing a bunch of shows and festivals over the past few months as well as putting out a nostalgic new single Seven Years via Silent Kid Records. According to the band’s singer Mark, we can look forward to a couple of new tracks before the release of their debut EP later this year.

So what else did I find out about The Yada Yada Yadas…

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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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