Staff Matt


Programmer & Designer / Senior Staff Writer


Matt's last content update – Aug. 27, 2019, 10:44 a.m.

KFAI - Roar of the Underground
Matt's most recent reviews
AFI - AFI (The Blood Album) album cover


AFI (The Blood Album), 2017

7.2 / 10
Multiple Authors

Album number ten for the ever-evolving Californian four piece, whose shift in sound from skate punk to hardcore to "goth punk" to pop-influenced radio rock to... whatever 2009's Crash Love ...

Janelle Monáe - The Electric Lady album cover

Janelle Monáe

The Electric Lady, 2013

8.7 / 10

It's encouraging that after releasing one of the best records of 2010, Janelle Monáe wasn't rushed into releasing the follow-up album to The ArchAndroid until she was good and ready. Three years ...

Green Day - ¡Uno! album cover

Green Day

¡Uno!, 2012

6.8 / 10

Thank god it's not another concept album.That's perhaps untrue, though: maybe this is just a concept album broken over three separate records: ¡Uno! is the first in a trilogy (wittily ...

Muse - The 2nd Law album cover


The 2nd Law, 2012

4.5 / 10

The year is 2052. Society as we know it has completely changed. The laws of government and nation have crumbled into dust, trodden down firmly by the feet of innumerable ...

See all Matt's reviews
Matt's most recent features
Gareth Dickson

One Question Interviews Gareth Dickson

Posted Feb. 27, 2016, 11:24 p.m.

Gareth Dickson (solo, Vashti Bunyan) SPB: Is it unusual to be considered a "cult" artist or almost semi-legendary while still recording music? What kind of pressures does that produce? Dickson ...

Coalition of the Webzines

Music Coalition of the Webzines

Posted Jan. 26, 2013, 7:12 p.m.

Who still reads webzines? Who still publishes them? In a world where Spotify, Twitter, Facebook and Myspace (again) are drowning users in new music, it’s clear that music is ...

Larry Livermore

Interviews Larry Livermore

Posted May 6, 2012, 6 p.m.

The phrase "elder statesman" doesn't really feel appropriate for the punk scene, but people like Larry Livermore are the closest thing we have to it -- founder of Lookout Records ...

Interviews Against Me!

Posted Oct. 16, 2010, 11:09 a.m.

  Since their formation, Against Me! have enjoyed a somewhat cult following in the punk scene, and tend to split audiences down the middle in terms of opinion. Their recent signing ...

See all Matt's features
Matt's most recent news stories
SPB exclusive: Filthy Hearts - Beyond Repair

Records SPB exclusive: Filthy Hearts - Beyond Repair

Posted Aug. 27, 2019, 10:44 a.m.

We're excited to share an exclusive stream of Filthy Hearts' brand new release Beyond Repair, released August 30th on Hidden Home Records. You can pre-order the album here and ...

Beyond Repair by Filthy Hearts

( Read more )

Podcast Scene Point Blank Podcast: Season 2, Episode 2

Posted July 27, 2019, 3:02 p.m.

It's new podcast time! This time featuring music from Cyberplasm, River's Edge, Dark/Light and Chain Whip. Our beloved host BJ hosts a new episode for July and ...

Show notes

Featured in the episode:

Cyberplasm  –  "The Psychic Hologram" (The Psychic Hologram, Iron Lung Records)

Cyberplasm – "Beyond the Mind" (The Psychic Hologram, Iron Lung Records)

River’s Edge – "Documents" (Split with The Bananas, Lifer Tapes)

Dark/Light – "Rotting" (ST EP, Dirt Cult Records)

Chain Whip – "6 Day Weekend" (ST 7”, Dirt Cult Records & Neon Taste Records)

Articles and blogposts

"Only Death Is Real volume 2" – Cheryl (@Cheryl_Prime)

Interview: Dear Boy – Aideen

Interview: Walking on Cars – Aideen

SPB Blog – T  (T sings in VVegas @sagevisuleNSMC on Facebook)

Dark Mofo Fest 2019 – T (T sings in VVegas @sagevisuleNSMC on Facebook)


( Read more )

Podcast Scene Point Blank Podcast: Season 2, Episode 1

Posted March 28, 2019, 10:59 a.m.

After a brief(ish) hiatus, we're back with the new 2019 season of our podcast! You can find us on iTunes and use your regular podcast search engine to ...

Show notes
Featured in the episode

AF Records
Dirt Cult Records
Neighborhood Brats
Future Girls
Knaaves Nine Lives Lost

Scene Point Blank dot com


( Read more )

Music News Sydney Festival returns for 2019

Posted Oct. 28, 2018, 2:30 p.m.

The annual Sydney Festival is due to return from 9th-27th January 2019, including theatre performances, art installations and a diverse musical lineup including: Orquesta Akokán, a 13-piece mambo band ...

See all Matt's news stories
Matt's most recent blogposts

Elliott Smith: a personal remembrance

Posted Oct. 24, 2013, 4:34 p.m. by Matt

Elliott Smith at his last-ever NYC show, January 29th 2003. He killed himself that October.Photo: Alexis I have this friend, let's call her L. We "met" on a music messageboard ...

Book Review: Davey Havok - Pop Kids

Posted April 7, 2013, 3:02 p.m. by Matt

(This review contains copious spoilers: if you intend to read the novel yourself, proceed with caution. We're posting it as a blog since it's not strictly music-related, despite being written by ...

Show review: At The Drive-In @ Brixton Academy, London (08/28/12)

Posted Aug. 29, 2012, 2:43 a.m. by Matt

It's rare that you attend a show that feels like it has the weight of history riding on it, but seeing At The Drive-In play what is likely to be ...

Issue 2 of my print zine "I'm A Pretender" - available now!

Posted Dec. 7, 2007, 2:29 a.m. by Matt

Hello. Some of you might remember (or have participated in) my experiment over the summer collecting people's wishes on this page. I got over 160 entries and published them all ...

Matt's bio

I'm a web developer working for a British newspaper and have been involved with SPB from the very first day. When I'm not fretting over the site I enjoy road cycling, cooking and more web development fun. Hi Jon!

Matt's favorite bands

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, At The Drive-In, Rocky Votolato, The Mars Volta, The Beatles, Saves The Day, Simon And Garfunkel, The Exploding Hearts, The Lawrence Arms, AFI, Sufjan Stevens, The Clash, Broken Social Scene, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Converge, W

Matt's personal URL

Matt's SPB contributions

53 reviews 9 features 118 news posts 5 blogposts
KFAI - Root Of All Evil


Looking for the SPB logo? You can download it in a range of styles and colours here:

Click anywhere outside this dialog to close it, or press escape.