His first release of 2022, the former Dead 60s frontman returns with a slice of sunshine gilded jangle-pop that will evoke memories of that classic Merseyside sound, slipping neatly between the heroic canons of The La’s to The Coral.
With its breezy Byrdsian chord-structures and its warm heart-on-sleeve lyricism, “Out Of The Cold” very much echoes the nature of his first solo album, ‘Scally Folk‘, but “narrowly missed being included” to keep the record at its neat 10-track length. Finally emerging in 2022, it’s a song ultimately about the process of trial and error that finds McManamon reflecting candidly on how learning from past mistakes can often lead us to a happy ending. As Matt explains:
“Trial and error can be a daunting and confusing experience, but in my opinion an essential experience for success and ultimately happiness” he says. “Lyrically I wanted this song to exude a feeling of self-preservation, although this draws on (as most of my songs do) life experience. I feel listeners from all walks and stages of life would be able to relate in some way or another to the sentiments of: 1. Staying positive 2.Staying focused 3. Staying calm. And NOT focusing on any negatives that might be looming throughout daily life.”
Originally written for his debut album, but unreleased until now, “Out Of The Cold” is one of three previously unheard tracks due to be included on an expanded version of McManamon’s first studio outing: ‘Scally Folk‘ (which will be coming soon – details to follow).
Recorded alongside the ‘Scally Folk’ sessions at the Transmission Rooms Recording Studio (Drumlish, Co Longford, Ireland), “Out Of The Cold” features guitars/backing vocals from Vinny Redmond (Angel Pier), bass from Enda Mulloy (Biblecode Sundays), and drums by the legendary Mick Cronin (Shane MacGowan, Kodaline), who also produced the record.
Around the release of the single, McManamon will also be returning to his old stomping ground of Liverpool for a one-off live date, performing alongside Fretsore label-mates Mexican Dogs. Catch him as follows:
** MATT McMANAMON UK DATES – 2022 **
2nd July – Liverpool Arts Club
(supporting Mexican Dogs)
Tickets on sale here:
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Matt McManamon is the former vocalist and songwriter of The Dead 60s. Releasing their s/t debut in 2005, the band scored 5 UK top 40 hits and surpassed over 100k sales in the UK alone. During his tenure as frontman, McManamon toured with the likes of Morrissey, Kasabian, and Deltasonic label mates The Coral, appearing on stages from Glastonbury to Top of the Pops. Prior to launching his solo career, Matt also toured with The Specials as their live guitarist.
Returning with his first music in nearly 15 years last year, Matt McManamon released his debut solo album: ‘Scally Folk’ to glowing reviews in 2021. Stepping away from the Ska-addled sounds of his former band The Dead 60s, it’s an album that sees McManamon retracing his formative years and included previous singles “Every Time I Close My Eyes” and “Jumpin’ The Gun” among its many highlights. An expanded edition of the record will be available later this year.
MATT McMANAMON – NEW SINGLE: “OUT OF THE COLD” – OUT 30 JUNE, VIA FRETSORE RECORDS
EXPANDED EDITION OF: ‘SCALLY FOLK’