Matt Hammond

FRESH: ‘One For Sorrow’ – Matt Hammond

Matt Hammond has “One For Sorrow”

Percussive guitar, with a dash of vocals. That’s how Norfolk-based singer and songwriter Matt Hammond describes himself. “One for Sorrow”, Matt’s latest release showcasing his percussive stylings and unique take on the acoustic guitar, is out now, the follow up to his earlier 2020 release, “Distance” and is another buckle on the belt for this ever climbing artist since be made his debut, just over a year ago.

Gaining support from the likes of BBC Introducing, Cam FM Breakthrough, The New Music Generator and others, Matt has used this journey to refine his approach on the guitar style, combining this with melancholic vocals which echo that of Death Cab for Cutie and The Cure. Matt has performed at Cambridge Big Weekend, Jimmy’s Festival, Bury Fringe Festival and both the BBC Introducing stage and the Main Stage of Green Meadows.

Matt cites his influences as ranging from Jon Gomm to Death Cab for Cutie and Newton Faulkner, someone we have profiled on this site before. The haunting video for “One For Sorrow” was filmed in a local church in subdued light, which only adds to the mystery of the song as Matt demostrates his sweet and tender vocal along with his expert guitar playing and amazing finger rhythm accompaniment. See for yourself…

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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!