SINGER-SONGWRITER KEVIN MATHEWS TO RELEASE HIS FIRST SOLO ALBUM, EMO FASCISM ON AUGUST 1, 2013.
If you’re active in the Singapore rock music scene, chances are you will know who Kevin Mathews is. The 52 year old is involved in the scene in various capacities viz. artist manager, journalist, mentor and of course, singer-songwriter/performer.
As a composer, Mathews is probably best known for his #1 radio hit, “My One & Only”, recorded in 1993 with Watchmen. In August 2013, Mathews celebrates the 20th anniversary of his beloved tune with the release of Emo FASCISM, his first full-length album since Popland’s Action was issued by US indie label ZIP Records, back in 2002.
“After disbanding Popland in 2006, I’d felt that recording and releasing albums was something left behind in the past,” Mathews explains, “but thanks to the encouragement of my good friend, Patrick Chng, I recorded 12 tracks at his studio - The Neptune - and the result is Emo FASCISM.”
“Most of the songs on Emo FASCISM were written in the last few years, a particularly challenging time in my life, and focus very much on relationships, breakups and breakdowns,” Mathews elaborated, “but musically, the album is a bit of departure with numerous songs like ‘Texas’, ‘Cliche’, ‘Follow Your Heart’, ‘Loss’, ‘Fade’ and ‘I Lost Myself’, arranged in a jazz-pop style.”
Mathews has assembled a band of music scene vets (viz. Chng on guitars, Ray Aziz on drums, Nelson Tan on bass and Benjamin Ang on keyboards) aka “The Groovy People” to back him for the Emo FASCISM Launch Week, where Mathews will support the album release with gigs at Artistry (July 31), MAAD Sounds (August 2), Hood Bar (August 3) and Esplanade Outdoor Theatre (August 7).
Emo FASCISM will be available in CD (at live performances) and digital formats (at Bandcamp and iTunes). The CD will contain two extra tracks - “Edge” and “[M.O.a.O]”, which will not be made available for digital download.
Follow Your Heart
Dare (ft. Daniel Sassoon)
Beyond the Ashes
Liars in Love
I Lost Myself
For more information, or to request a review copy of the album, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Emo FASCISM is a KAMCO Music release.