Matt Stevens is a guitarist and composer from North London signed to to Esoteric Recordings. Best known for playing solo acoustic guitar concerts with a loop pedal and being a member of acclaimed instrumental rock band The Fierce And The Dead. He writes a column for Acoustic Magazine and is endorsed by Auden Guitars.
The new album Lucid is released on the 31st March and is now available to pre-order from Burning Shed:
Or Cherry Red:
Amazon and local retailers.
"Lucid sees Matt Stevens joined by a host of guest musicians including Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson), Lorenzo Feliciati (Naked Truth), Charlie Cawood (Knifeworld), Jem Godfrey (Frost*) and vibes player Jon Hart.
A step beyond Matt's previous work, Lucid is an album that reflects a love of Jesu and Celtic Frost, as much as it does a passion for Mahavishnu Orchestra and King Crimson."
Art is by Carl Glover (Steve Wilson/King Crimson etc)
Sid Smith (writer for Prog, Classic Rock, BBCMusic, Record Collector, Mojo etc) has review the album here:
"Stevens is blessed with an innate melodicism which finds its way to the surface no matter how convoluted or occluded the settings and arrangements may be. It's a talent that lends his music an accessibility others would give their right hand for. That he does so without compromising any of his adventurous inclinations is no mean feat.
With the exception of The Bridge, an eleven-minute multi-layered suite, things are usually brief and to the point. Packing more into three minutes that some manage across an entire album, this brevity serves him well and adding both variety and piquancy to the fare. Unafraid to bulldoze and assail the listener, as much about texture as it is smart, pithy compositions, he revels in distorted roars amidst pitted, overdriven surroundings.
Throughout Lucid he explores what appears to be an obsessive relationship with the instrument. Sometimes fraught, complicated, open-ended, thorny, and frequently ecstatic, his solos seem to occur only after an arduous scrabble to the very top of a difficult terrain. Once there, he closes his eyes and takes the leap. Bolstered by an array of guests including Pat Mastelotto and striking violin from Chrissie Caulfield, Stevens' risk-taking pays off. "
UK Solo Gigs 2014
Mar 1 2014 - House Concert, Eastleigh,
Mar 16th 2014 - North East Guitar Show, Rainton Meadows Arena
Mar 28 2014 - The Assembly, Leamington Spa, with Lifesigns
Apr 3 2014 - Farncombe Music Club, Godalming, with Wakeman And Giltrap
May 18 2014 - The Assembly,Leamington Spa, with Reasoning, Touchstone etc
May 23 2014 - The Musician, Leicester, with The Enid
Jun 14 2014 - Borderline, London, UK, with Panic Room
1st-3rd August 2014 - Resonance Festival
9th August 2014 - Woodfest, Irchester UK
10th August 2014 - Cambridge Rock Festival
5th October 2014 - Leeds/Bradford Guitar Show
23rd November 2014 - Liverpool Guitar Show
Fierce And The Dead
I also play guitar in the instrumental band Fierce And The Dead. We have a new video, you can watch it here:
I write a column for Acoustic magazine and I'm busy creating new music with some other collaborators, more on that soon thou, eh?
You can download an interview with me from 2012 with Guitar Player US magazine here.