Programmer & Designer / Senior Staff Writer — London

Matt's latest post – April 18, 2021
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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!

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

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AFI (The Blood Album)
Concord Music Group (2017)

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 was... is well documented. And now here we are, after the gritty, aggressive Burials: a self-titled album also known as "The Blood Album".At first listen it's not too dissimilar from … Read more

Janelle Monáe

The Electric Lady
Wondaland Arts Society (2013)

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 have given her and her Wondaland Arts Society time to regroup and evolve and the range and talent of her collaborators this time around reflect the maturity Monáe's sound has … Read more

Green Day

Reprise (2012)

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 to be followed by ¡Dos! and, of course, ¡Tre!). That said, the forty one minutes of this, Green Day's ninth record, don't seem to contain the same kind of forced … Read more


The 2nd Law
Warner\Helium 3 (2012)

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 footsoldiers of the new autocratic rulers of the world. Big Brother's voice rings from every speaker; CCTV cameras record every communication between state-fearing citizen and obedient lickspittle. Comrades huddle in … Read more

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Coalition of the Webzines

Music • January 26, 2013

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 more important than ever - but music publications might not be. Of course, we at SPB feel differently, so we reached out to a bunch of fellow punk/alternative webzines to see … Read more

Larry Livermore

Interviews • May 6, 2012

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, frontman, columnist, blogger, and now, curator. Larry is teaming up with Adeline Records to release The Thing That Ate Larry Livermore: a compilation of up-and-coming bands that Larry feels need … Read more

Against Me!

Interviews • October 16, 2010

  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 to Sire Records attracted a lot of attention and many "fans", already feeling alienated by the band's previous signing to Fat Wreck Chords, denounced the band as sellouts. Anyone … Read more

Tiger Army

Interviews • October 16, 2010

After their second show on their new UK tour, Tiger Army are still settling into the routine of playing with a new band lineup. Their first time playing in the UK for three years, the band were keen to spread the psychobilly love with UK veterans The Hangmen and with thrash/hardcore zombies Send More Paramedics. Our man Matt sat down … Read more

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Elliott Smith: a personal remembrance

Posted by Matt • October 24, 2013

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 back when things like that were still popular. We lived in different cities and we never met in person, but … Read more

Book Review: Davey Havok - Pop Kids

Posted by Matt • April 7, 2013

(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 a prominent musician. Now read on!) Joining the vast array of musicians-turned-novelists (wait, what?), Davey Havok of AFI fame throws … Read more

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

Posted by Matt • August 29, 2012

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 the final show of their reunion tour, 12 years after they originally split, certainly felt in that category.The queue outside … Read more

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

Posted by Matt • December 7, 2007

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 in my print zine, "I'M A PRETENDER" (named after an Exploding Hearts song). This is what issue 2 looks like, … Read more

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Scene Point Blank Podcast: Season 3, Episode 5

Posted in Podcast on April 18, 2021

The latest episode of the SPB podcast is now live and on its way to your favourite streaming services. Check it out here and subscribe on iTunes or other platforms here. This episode features music from Shotwell, Shellshag, RVIVR, Smut, Japanther and more – see below for the show notes. Read more … Read more

Scene Point Blank Podcast: Season 3, Episode 4

Posted in Podcast on January 10, 2021

The new episode of the SPB podcast is live! Check it out here to listen to music from Heart & Lung, Stoner Cop, Something Fierce and more. Subscribe on iTunes or via your regular podcasting service here! Read more Featuring the following music: Heart & Lung – "1954" From the album: You Wanna Know The … Read more

Scene Point Blank Podcast: Season 3, Episode 3

Posted in Podcast on October 29, 2020

It's time for the next instalment in our third series of podcasts, this time with a Halloween twist! The new episode features music from The Raging Nathans, No Fraud, Ogikubo Station and more. Subscribe on iTunes or via your regular podcasting service here! Check out the episode here. Read more Show notes: A Halloween-forward … Read more

Scene Point Blank Podcast: Season 3, Episode 2

Posted in Podcast on September 20, 2020

It's time for the next instalment in our third series of podcasts, this time featuring Beverly Crusher, Odd Morris, Wings Disambiguation, Von Wildenhaus and more. Subscribe on iTunes or via your regular podcasting service here! Check out the episode here. Read more Show notes: Beverly Crusher plays give me the power outta Seattle, … Read more