HOW DID YOUR NAME ORIGINATE?
Matt Finucane (vocals, guitars, production): I’m mainly a solo artist, so I use my given name. Some people struggle to pronounce it, but I’ve already worked hard to put stuff out there with this troublesome name attached, and am stuck with it.
WHERE WAS YOUR FIRST GIG AND HOW MANY PEOPLE WERE THERE?
Matt: I was still at school, so this is a while ago and quite hazy… There were twenty or thirty people there, at a rough old boozer in Oxford called the Dolly, including a load of lairy drunks. Two 45-minute sets in front of a mixed audience, so to speak. We got heckled mercilessly. Baptism of fire!
WHEN WAS YOUR LAST DAY OFF AND WHAT DID YOU DO WITH IT?
Matt: At my semi-pro DIY level, there’s altogether too many days off for my liking. But in another sense, I’m always hustling for gigs and writing new material… so I never take a break.
WHAT IS SOMETHING - APART FROM YOUR PHONE OR WALLET - THAT HAS TO BE IN YOUR VICINITY AT ALL TIMES?
Matt: I’m not as neurotic as I used to be, so no fetish objects, security blankets or pills… I’m going to be dull and say, a good book.
WHICH SONG BY ANOTHER ARTIST DO YOU WISH YOU'D WRITTEN?
Matt: There’s hundreds. Just off the top of my head, “Candy Says” by The Velvet Underground. It’s a lovely song, with so little to it that it’s barely there at all – but it fits together beautifully.
WHAT'S BEEN THE MOST SURREAL FAN MOMENT?
Matt: This vaguely sinister woman once said to me, “we all choose our suffering. There is ugly suffering and there is beautiful suffering. You, I think, are somewhere in between.” Sounds like she enjoyed the set!