Review: Matt Pearce and the Mutiny – Gotta Get Home

May 3rd 2019

Reviewer: Peter Scallan

Matt Pearce is the Glasgow-born guitarist from Voodoo Six. In addition to V6, he also plays in the Metalworks collective regularly and also in AOR Legends with vocal maestro Jimi Anderson. Therefore, as you can image in he is already a pretty busy boy and yet he still managed to squeeze in his first solo outing as Matt Pearce and the Mutiny. I was already hooked in when I saw the band playing last year at Winterstorm Festival in Troon on the west coast of Scotland. The band sound has been loosely labelled as blues but transcends this label somewhat as they throw a good measure of funkiness and variety into the mix.

And just to prove that point ‘Scarecrow‘, the opening track, kicks in with a funky keyboard and guitar riff that could easily be on a classic 70s Stevie Wonder album. The song bounces along nicely with an extended instrumental opening allowing Matt to introduce his chops. ‘Ordinary Blues‘ is next and opens with a great guitar riff before building into a song that could easily sit on any Black Crowes album with Jimmy Page on guitar. Ordinary it ain’t!

We then slip into a little more straight-ahead blues with ‘Like a Hammer‘. It is based on another great riff with some great organ chops in there and a great chorus with on-point female backing vocals. ‘Some People‘ takes the tone down a notch or too with a more sparse arrangement allowing the keyboards to carry the song with nice some guitar licks across them. The song builds nicely in layers with each verse and is a highlight and is very radio friendly to my ears.

‘Dig Deeper‘ takes us back to funkalicious side of the album and is driven along nicely by a funky bass/drum/guitar rhythm. And of course there is another great chorus which reminds a little of Steely Dan. We then drop into a more contemporary blues number in ‘Set Me Free‘ with some great keyboard touches and Matt takes the vocals up a little in terms of adding a little edge to them. It also features some tasteful guitar playing too.

Title track ‘Gotta Go Home‘ opens with some great bottleneck playing and the song from start to finish is just pure Black Crowes with a huge hook for a chorus and some additional great female vocals on it. The pace drops again for the opening of ‘Worried‘ which has a delta blues feel to it with the electric picking and reminds me of very early Chris Whitley in places. It is a real stripped backed number with guitar and vocals with a sparse backing arrangement. Although good, it’s possibly the weakest song and could maybe have been a little shorter. And all of a sudden we are on the last track of the album with another funked up rocker called ‘Who Do You Think You Are‘. Again it bounces and bops along with another killer chorus with a great middle eight before slipping into great piano breakdown and then launching into a tasty hook-laden guitar solo.

In a market that is starting to become saturated with blues-based rock, like most genres you will get the albums that just don’t float your boat. This is especially true if they stick to a formulaic approach and don’t really have the songs. Good knows there are enough blues guitarists out there who think they can sing but just really end up sounding like guitarists trying to sing! However, Matt is definitely not one of these as he has a great voice, although I would like to have heard more of the edgy side of the vocals demonstrated on ‘Set Me Free‘. However, what we have here a some finely crafted songs, great production and mix that all adds up to a killer debut album. I doff my blues cap to you sir – now when do I get to sing one of these babies with ya?

Matt Pearce & The Mutiny are sharing a new lyric video for ‘Gotta Get Home’  – the radio edit of the epic title track from their hugely successful album of the same name, which has been playlisted by Planet Rock. The band are also delighted to announce the support for their forthcoming headline gig in the form of blues rockers Trident Waters.

Musically, ‘Gotta Get Home’ hits and hooks you from the start with raw, bluesy, sleazy opening chords and almost hypnotic groove. Then, in come Matt’s impassioned lead vocals, enriched by soaring female backing: a combo that fuses together perfectly in the glorious chorus and becomes a fully epic sound: the “Funky Souladelic Blues Rock Jam Thing!“ that Matt loves so much.

The newly-released video with sci-fi visuals was a deliberate decision, making a nod to the recent 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing; also projecting a sense of ‘home’ on a cosmic stage and scale.

Matt puts it this way: “The reaction to the single has been amazing, Darren Redick and Planet Rock have been so supportive once again. I hope people like the video just as much: it was an idea I had of a much wider idea of where our home is in the scheme of things, perhaps inspired by the recent moon landing anniversary. So it’s one small step for Matt…”

Matt certainly hasn’t been standing still since that first step. He and The Mutiny have been striding forth!

Not only have Matt Pearce & The Mutiny recently announced that they will be undertaking their first UK tour (as special guests of Laurence Jones, between November and December), they’re now delighted to announce further details of the debut Mutiny headline show at London’s Thousand Island on 26th September!

I cannot wait for our first headline gig in my adopted home of London, at the very groovy Thousand Island, upstairs from the legendary Garage! says Matt, “It’ll give me a chance to play a longer set, maybe chuck in a bit of new stuff and the odd cover. Whatever makes it a funky night!

And,” he adds “I’m very happy to have the awesome, upandcoming Trident Waters open the night, these guys are a band to watch in the future.”

Trident Waters are a rising, London-based, three-piece rock/blues band,  lauded as the “offspring of a whiskey-drenched Led Zeppelin and Hawkwind”. They’ll perfectly complement the headliners and add extra lift and thrust to what’s going to be a roof-raising night as Matt Pearce & The Mutiny make their triumphant headline debut!

Enjoy the video and check out Matt Pearce & The Mutiny’s website for further updates on the band’s touring and appearances and grab the chance to see a first-class Mutiny, live in progress!

https://mattpearceandthemutiny.com/#livedates/

Upcoming shows

8th Sep: HRH C.R.O.W.S. II

26th Sep: Thousand Island (Upstairs at The Garage)

12th-17th Nov: British Blues Invasion, Moscow

19th Jan 2020: Rock and Blues Skegness

28 Feb-1 March 2020, Winter’s End

Matt Pearce & The Mutiny as Special Guests of Laurence Jones Band Tour

22nd Nov: Norwich, The Waterfront

23rd Nov :London, Oslo

24th Nov: Southampton, The 1865

26th Nov: Shoreham-By-Sea, Ropetackle Arts Centre

30th Nov: Newcastle upon Tyne, The Cluny

1st Dec: Glasgow, Òran Mór

3rd Dec: Sheffield, The Greystones

4th Dec: Chester, The Live Rooms

5th Dec: Birmingham, Actress & Bishop

7th Dec: Leek, Foxlowe Arts Centre

8th Dec: Nottingham, Bodega

12th Dec: Leeds, Lending Room

13th Dec: Manchester, Night & Day Café

Matt Pearce & The Mutiny are proud to premiere a brand-new video for ‘Scarecrowing’: a track taken from a double A-side single, drawn from the forthcoming debut album ‘Gotta Get Home; (to be released on 3rd May on Mutinear Records).

“I’m very excited that on April 19th, it’s finally time to release my music into the wild!“ says Matt, gleefully, “Get ready for a double A ‘single’ of two of my fave songs off the album, which between them show the funky, bluesy and soulful sides of what I do.

I also had a blast filming the performance video for ‘Scarecrowing’ at London’s legendary Half Moon venue in Putney, aided and abetted by my trusty Mutineers. Roll on May the 3rd album release day!

Scarecrowing’ grabs you right from the off with its punchy bassline and bluesy wailing guitar hook, whilst Matt’s just-as-bluesy vocals make this original song a cracking blend of modern blues and classic. As for the guitar solos, they give acclaimed axeman Matt Pearce a chance to show his virtuosity: skill honed as a member of successful hard rockers Voodoo Six Now. Matt Pearce has committed to lead a musical mutiny, very different from his ongoing work with V6.

Listen to the track and you’ll hear the spirit of many a bluesman given a fresh outing with modern talent: echoes of bands Matt loved, growing up and learning his craft, like The Stones, Led Zep; Free, and early ZZ Top. “Yeah, I was captivated by their relentless rock ‘n’ roll spirit,” he says, “but it was the rhythmic grooves in their funkiest tunes that I also loved. These bands had soul.” This comes alive in Matt Pearce & The Mutiny, infuses the band’s performance, and can be heard loud and kicking as the band goes ‘Scarecrowing’.

Matt’s passionate about his first solo project, for which he’s been songwriter, singer and musician, also drawing together a great band, and self-producing and publishing the material. He reckons you could call it a ‘Funky Soul-a-delic Blues Rock Jam Thing’, or just a seriously funky blues band. Like the Black Crowes playing Prince songs, or vice versa!

Released as a double A-side, ‘Scarecrowing’ is partnered with ‘Set Me Free’, The single’s flipside ‘Set Me Free’ won Classic Rock Tracks Of The Week and is currently receiving heavy playlist rotation on Planet Rock.

Check out’ Scarecrowing’ for a strong shot of blues, spiced with funk, swagger and sense of musicians really revelling, as they hand out fresh, funky musical moonshine. It’s a great taste of ‘Gotta Get Home’ and will leave you thirsting for more, so watch for the album’s release at the start of May.

Upcoming shows
May 28  100 Club London
Sept 7/8: HRH CROWS
Dec 8: Planet Rockstock

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