Monday, 23 April 2018

New EP “The House of the Dearly Beloved” From Matt McGuiness and the MLC Is Out Now

Derbyshire’s Matt McGuinness performs solo or with a select group of musicians, collectively known as the MLC and currently including:

Dan Byrne - bassist with an overtly understated exterior.
Eileen Wright - saxophonist and long-term collaborator of Matt's
Jo May - spoons expert and all round percussion virtuoso
Greg Rawson - drummer and percussionist extraordinaire

“MLC” can mean multiple things - for example Midlife Crisis or if Matt is playing on his own: Mean Lonesome Crooner!

Balladeering indie rock 'n' roll with a hint of motown - here comes a comeback without the baggage of any former success or notoriety the first time around.

If 50 is the new 30 then there's a good few years left to step out and confront living rooms, festivals and the world in general with "exquisitely melodic pop”.

Success, bailiffs, political shenanigans and a stronger-than-ever-before marriage provide the backdrop to dirty, tuneful, upbeat and anthemic tunes performed solo or with a variety of musicians.

Their debut EP - The House of the Dearly Beloved - is now available to listen to on Spotify..

"We play songs that resonate with our own genuine experience, fuelled by a positive outlook but underpinned by the environment of distrust in mainstream politics, wariness of the changes to the country’s support networks and the ongoing crises that loom around the world. With that sort of subject matter, humour also plays an Essential part in the tunes, along with a healthy dose of sarcasm." - Matt McGuinness

Matt talks about The House of the Dearly Beloved:

"It's about being married, with a family, arthritis and struggling with mental health and being eternally grateful. Be positive, knowing that you have every reason to be, even when health or circumstance tries to lie to you, and being truthful to yourself. "the truth wont kill but a little blood'll spill"

The e.p. The House of the Dearly Beloved is available now and includes four tracks:

The House of the Dearly Beloved (yeah yeah yeah yeah)
In a Warm Embrace
My Outstanding Desires

The e.p. is available now - digitally and on CD via the band’s website:

Later on in the year, in the lead up to World Mental Health Day 2018 (10th October) Matt will release two new songs: "Frock & Bonnet” and “Like a Stopwatch That Has Stopped".

Matt gives some background:

“Frock & Bonnet” started formulating itself during my second meeting with a psychiatrist and developed, on reflection, as I realised how valuable the sessions had been despite my shallow approach and low expectations. “Like a Stopwatch That Has Stopped” is about living positively with depression.

“At every concert where I talk about mental health, particularly as a prelude to "Frock & Bonnet", I always get audience members coming to chat with me after the gig and in particular middle-aged men. With this in mind I am intending to finish each event earlier than normal to allow space for individuals to chat and find some empathy”.


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