ON THE RADAR: LITTLE MATADOR

little matador EP

They trade in the kind of primal rock squalls that have earned them a rather fitting upcoming UK support slot with Queens of the Stone Age as part of a current UK tour (see below for dates).

Case in point is ‘Liar Liar’ – lead track from the band’s debut EP- a sub-2 minute thrashy kiss off, anchored by the teetering vocals of frontman Nathan Connolly (who you may,or may not recognise as the man who is by day the guitarist in Snow Patrol…).

Their self-titled debut album, set for release by Fiction Records in early 2014, is an aggressive, sassy, incendiary collection dissecting love, loss, rejection, redemption, death and re-birth… all the important stuff. To precede the release of this highly anticipated debut full length record, Little Matador are set to head out on a nationwide UK tour in November, taking in Bournemouth, Nottingham, London, Manchester, Glasgow, and Belfast.

Formed by Nathan Connolly, who discerning readers may recognise as the guitarist of Snow Patrol, Little Matador is an exciting new project that sees Connolly working in a new creative vein. Connolly notes, “I’ve always wanted to do my own record. I wanted to make a record with bite and conviction, swagger and integrity, a fresh, gritty, honest, modern rock album. And Little Matador is that record. It’s me out in the open, raw and exposed… and it’s everything I hoped it would be.”

In order to realise his vision, Connolly set about assembling a select team of collaborators, drawing upon musician friends who shared his love for visceral, committed rock ‘n’ roll. In Dublin he sought out drummer Paul ‘Binzer’ Brennan and bassist Gavin Fox, a crack rhythm section whose collective CVs incorporate stints in Idlewild, The Frames, Bell XI, Turn and Concerto For Constantine. Portland, Oregon’s Troy Stewart, a member of Tired Pony and The Windsor Player, was recruited on guitar, and the line-up was completed with the addition of LaFaro guitarist Dave Magee, formerly Connolly’s sidekick in his very first band, Belfast alternative rockers F.U.E.L. In 2012, the new-found union entered a Dublin rehearsal studio for the first time.

Ahead of the release of Little Matador, the quintet are taking their music to the people. Having racked up club shows in London and Dublin and performed with Nine Inch Nails at Belfast’s Belsonic Festival in August, the road beckons. Connolly is excited about what lies ahead, and you should be too.

November 2013

6th – Bournemouth O2 Academy – supporting Jimmy Eat World

7th – Nottingham Rock City – supporting Jimmy Eat World

8th – London Forum – supporting Jimmy Eat World

12th – Manchester Sound Control

13th – Glasgow Stereo

15th – London Camden Barfly

18th – Belfast Odyssey Arena – supporting Queens of the Stone Age

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