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…
Continue reading 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.”
London based group The Wandering Hearts have just been awarded with the emerging artist title for the Americana Music Association UK and they are quickly gaining recognition and praise for their stand out folk-americana infused sound. They’ve also just announced that they’ll be supporting Amy Macdonald on her two sold out shows in Glasgow next month. It seems that The Wandering Hearts have a lot more in store for us to be excited about including the release of their debut album due next year.
While on tour for the Coffee House Sessions, the group answered some Q’s about their music, selling out the Borderline venue as well as sharing the bill with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at BST Hyde Park. Read on…
Continue reading The Wandering Hearts: “We are at our best when we write as a four”
After completing the journey of portraying a charismatic vampire on popular TV series The Vampire Diaries, we can now solely talk about Michael Malarkey the writer and musician, who is releasing his debut album Mongrels on Friday September 8th via Cap on Cat Records.
Continue reading Album Review / Michael Malarkey – Mongrels
Brighton based solo artist Ed Tullett has been paving his way through the music universe for some time now. And with a serious gift. His acclaimed remix of Bon Iver’s Hinnom, TX, collaboration with Novo Amor as well as having his music featured on TV shows such as Pretty Little Liars, Bones and Catfish all led to the recent release of his debut Fiancé, which ought to be described as an epicly powerful masterpiece with beautifully haunting sound waves.
Check out MGMB’s convo with Ed about Fiancé and all things music.
Continue reading Interview / Ed Tullett
MGMB’s favourite solo act Our Man In The Field has a brand new song to enchant you with. Oh No is the first track from his upcoming EP And Now Over To Our Man In The Field coming out in May and it’s being used in a theatre play called bolt, in which Alex also performs. The play will make its debut at the Brighton festival and after it will be on in London.
“Originally inspired by the photography of Nan Goldin, bolt examines the nature of addiction with a tale of what becomes of a young woman whose only means of validation come from those around her.” Read more about the play here.
Alex says: “I wrote the song really quickly, it came to me all at once when I was at the Tate Modern. There’s something about the oppressive architecture and the way I was feeling that brought it out. I’ve never wanted to explain the lyrics but when I read the play I felt as though there was something about the characters and the song, that maybe they would understand it. Hopefully when people see the play that’ll make sense, so go and see it!”
The beautifully written track captures emotion at its peak and it will, without a doubt, work its magic together with the play.
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