Friday, 30 September 2011

Relic week one and supporting Jon Gomm

Had a great first week on Relic, sold more than we could have imagined. Please keep telling your friends about the album yes it really does make a difference :)

Thanks loads.

On Wednesday I played to an amazing audience supporting guitar legend Jon Gomm. Bloody hell hes a bit good :)

He has a new single out at the moment from:

If you're into amazing guitar playing you'll love it :) Really nice bloke, out there building an audience and working hard gigging :)

I was once again amazed that people made an effort to come and see me play, travelling and staying to enjoy Mr Gomm and Jon's crowd who were so good to me :) I really hope to play with him again soon.

This support I couldn't have imagined a couple of years ago, it means a lot to me.

Anyway back to the beginning again :)

Photos by Natasha Koczy


Wednesday, 28 September 2011

I'm supporting Jon Gomm tonight/

Not many tickets left - check this out :)

Monday, 26 September 2011

New Album Out Today/Streaming gig today

My new album Relic is out today. The result of 11 months work, and I'm really pleased to play it to you at:


It is available on Digipack CD or Download.  Please tell your friends, post on forums, blog about it, share on Twitter or Facebook. Honestly, it is so important, more than anything. Word of mouth makes so much difference to musicians like me. Without your support this music wouldn't exist and I wouldn't be able to afford to pay for the studio time to make it.  Thanks so much to everyone who has already paid for and spread the word about the album. Thank you :)


At 1pm UK time today I'm doing a streaming concert at:


International times are here


And I'm supporting the amazing guitar fella that is Jon Gomm on Wednesday in Islington, London - there are 14 tickets left at:


Thanks for all your support, it really means a lot to me. 


Speak soon




Matt Stevens

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

First Free Download from the new album

The first song from my new album Relic is now available as a free download from:


You can also pre order the new album there. Please have a listen, grab a download and tell your friends :) Seriously if you are on a forum or on Twitter or Facebook please share this with your friends. Word of mouth is so important to indie artists, you'd be amazed how much difference it makes. 


I'm really pleased with the work Kevin Feazey has done on the production. Top work Mr Feazey  (and highly recommended if you need an producer/mixer/engineer type fella).


I'm just waiting on the stock of the Relic CDs and they should be here early next week and we'll start sending them out. It is always weird finishing an album, I have no idea what people will think of it. It's very different to Ghost. 


On Saturday I'm playing at The Peel South London opening for Dec Burke, tickets are still available and we really need to support the fine work of venues like The Peel in these tough economic conditions. 


Speak soon and thanks SO much for all your support. 




Matt Stevens

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

My annual guest session/new album/Shineback

Last few weeks have been crazy busy.

I've played a bar in Liverpool with the amazing Minion TV and a house in Islington (for the excellent @Oxjamislington). Review from the Liverpool gig:

"Matt Stevens travelled from London to perform his solo acoustic guitar set on Sunday. His finger-picking magic went down a storm with the audience and many had turned up especially to see his set."

Bloody lovely audience, hellish journey thou - never ever, ever use trains on a bank holiday.

It felt like a bit of break through, the last few gigs I have gone to places where I don't know anyone and people come and see me, often people who i talk to thru Twitter and Facebook which is amazing or have discovered me through magazines etc. At Liverpool this happened more so, its really appreciated. So hopefully this means i can do gigs, the ability to bring people endears you to promoters :)

I now have the Relic masters - sending them off today, I'm REALLY pleased - I'll show you the artwork soon. The Digi-Packs will look lovely.. Also finishing off the bonus disk. Bloody crazy. But good.

I did a streaming web gig. Thanks loads to everyone who watched. I'm planning some more. And something a bit special live for next year. (that I may need some help for).

One person brought my first EP on ebay on for £23 ish quid, which is amazing and appreciated. We used to have problems selling them, I never thought they'd become collectable.

I did a session for my friend Simon from Tinyfish for his new side project, which was great fun. I'm a terrible worrier about sessiony type stuff but this was great - he just kind of said do what i do then gave me directions about things he wanted. Perfect. If you're booking me for a session don't ask me to play G C D strummed. There are a million people better than me at that. Book them. If you want noises and weird/individual/interesting stuff I'm your man but for general session work I'm properly rubbish. Anyway it was great fun - we did this thing where it was 6/8 over 4/4 that had a Discipline era KC type feel that I really enjoyed and I was happy with. The Shineback stuff sounds really good, very electronic and different to Tinyfish. Its out next year on BEM records.

On Sunday I did a gig for Oxjam at this outdoor festival thing in Islington, very odd gig but nice people and we raised £250 for Oxjam which was great.

Its all go :)

Matt Stevens

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Streaming gig on saturday

The limited version of the new album Relic has now sold out on CD. Thanks SO much to everyone who has pre-ordered one. We're looking at mixes this week/next week then it is down to getting the CDs done. Shouldn't take long then we can announce the final date which should still be before the end of September. I can't wait to play you it. You can still pre-order the CD version here (which is greatly appreciated). It is thanks to people like you that we can keep making this music.  

I just wanted to let you know that on Saturday I will doing a streaming gig at:

UK time 6pm (just before Doctor Who!)/1pm New York time. International times are here. The Facebook event is here. You just watch online, no need to be anywhere but in front of your computer. Easy. 

Also if anyone wants it we have put the last copy of the 2007 Parks EP on ebay. Thanks loads to everyone who has bid already, amazing support.  

Tickets are now on sale for gigs coming up, where I will be opening for the following:

Jon Gomm in Islington (he is an amazing guitar player - a bit like Andy Mckee or someone like that) -  28th September - tickets link.

Dec Burke (of Frost* fame) on the 17th September - tickets. 

And The Reasoning on the 12th November at the Borderline.  

They are all selling well so please book early :) 

And my new track Peccadillos features as an exclusive on this lovely Limited Edition CD on the Believers Roast label. It is a limited run of just 300 so get in quick. The line up for the CD is amazing:

Knifeworld: Clairvoyant Fortnight
Admirals Hard: Whip Jamboree
Arch Garrison: TBA
Redbus Noface: Jack Blind Acid
Matt Stevens: Peccadillos
Stars In Battledress: Fluent English
Sanguine Hum: The Eternal Abyss (excerpt)
William D Drake: TBA
Thumpermonkey: Wheezyboy
The Monsoon Bassoon: Siizdabadah

Well worth getting as most of these bands have really keen collectors of their stuff and all the tracks are exclusives. 

Speak soon :) 

A preview of the new album....

Matt Stevens - Relic by mattstevensguitar A preview of the new record :)


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