Matty Long Loveguns

FRESH: ‘Sunshine Love’ – Matty Long and The Loveguns

Matty Long and The Loveguns share “Sunshine Love”

Matty Long and his band The Loveguns have just released their new single, “Sunshine Love”, to brighten up everyone after four months of semmingly eternal isolation. They tell us that “Sunshine Love” is about enjoying the sunshine, very much inspired by the Jimmy Hendrix sound. The song tells tales of a summer romance, and the short spaced fun times they have!

The band consist of Matty Long – Vocals and guitar, Gommo (Jack Gomm) – Bass, George Matthews – Guitar and Rhod Jones – Drums. They formed in July 2018 after meeting at university and released their debut single, “Ruby Funk”, in 2019. Since then, they have headlined the O2 Academy Islington, 93 Feet East and Cafe 1001, as well as having played at Tringfest 2018 and been playedon BBC 3 counties radio, Amazing radio, Radio Wigwam to name a few.

Talking about “Sunshine Love”, the boys told us: “We had actually only had a three hour rehearsal before our first gig and that was it. We wrote all the songs and everything! ‘Sunshine Love’ was recorded at our home studio, but was mastered by Tom Ashpitel of Dairy Studios, who has worked with Noel Gallagher, Elbow and The Manor. The band cite Jimi Hendrix, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Father John Misty, The Eagles and The Beatles among their influences.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!