Aiken Promotions presents
Tuesday 20th November 2018
Tickets €13 inclusive
ANNOUNCES BIGGEST RUN OF U.K. AND IRISH HEADLINE SHOWS TO DATE THIS NOVEMBER
THE WORKMAN’S CLUB, DUBLIN
20TH NOVEMBER 2018
DEBUT ALBUM ‘BAD CONTESTANT’ OUT NOW ON ATLANTIC RECORDS
Photo credit: Scarlett Carlos Clarke
22 year-old South London artist Matt Maltese today announced his biggest headline tour to date – starting at Dublin’s The Workmans Club on 20 November and culminating at Bristol’s Thekla on 30 November. Tickets €13 inclusive of booking fee charges.
Matt Maltese released Bad Contestant, his long awaited debut record via Atlantic Records on 8 June. The record, a product of 12 days spent in Foxygen instigator Jonathan Rado’s Los Angeles studio and many hours of sessions with Londoner Alex Burey, displays a no-less-than stunning leap forward in songwriting confidence from the critically acclaimed young musician.
Credited with steering the lush sounding debut albums from Whitney, Weyes Blood and the Lemon Twigs, as well as Father John Misty’s universally praised new album God’s Favourite Customer, Jonathan Rado has helped drench the record with Californian atmospherics, drawing out Matt’s sweetly drifting vocals over a swell of jubilant guitars, brass and drums. Featuring reworked versions of fan favourites and previous singles ‘Strange Time’ and ‘As The World Caves In’ amongst nine beautiful new tracks, Bad Contestant is a grand coming-of-age album packed with Matt’s typically complex, witty melancholy and uplifting melodies.
British but born to Canadian parents, and a focal point of the vibrant South London scene which includes Shame, HMLTD, Goat Girl, Sorry, and black midi to name but a few, Matt Maltese’s acerbic, witty songwriting has won admiring glances on both sides of the Atlantic around the release of Bad Contestant. The record received rave reviews with four stars coming from CLASH, Dork, The Line Of Best Fit, NME, and Q, and five from DIY. NPR crowned Bad Contestant “love songs for the end of the world”, and Noisey labelled Matt a teenage Jarvis Cocker, “if he’d spent more time at The Windmill pub in Brixton and was in a better mood.” While Wonderland said “the songs twinkle with sincerity and hopefulness” just as Another Man lauded the record’s “to-the-bone depictions of young life.”
With Bad Contestant out in the world, attention now turns to bringing the record to life in front of Matt’s growing legion of fans up and down the country this November.
Praise for Matt Maltese’s ‘Bad Contestant’:
“one of the most exciting emerging British songwriters in years”
“Rarely has gloom sounded so glamorous…”
“a hyper aware parade of seemingly offhand, cutting wordplay matched to super smart instrumentation”
“we’re all privy to the cool, calm and collected, swooning and crooning, world that Matt Maltese sees”
The Line Of Best Fit
“‘Bad Contestant’ sets Maltese on the start of a path that marks him out as a true prodigious talent.”
“gratifyingly droll dispatches from the frontline of hopeless romanticism”