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. Check it out below…
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: