30th November | Thekla

‘Bad Contestant’ is a debut album which has solidified Matt Maltese the deserving title as one of the UK’s most evocative songwriters. The record is a piece of adventure, that weaves through the issues of global warming, matters of the broken heart and Brexit. Penning his sound as ‘Brexit pop’, Maltese’s conscious portrayal of current times is conveyed with the lyrical acumen of a laureate.

Since his 2016 EP In A New Bed, the London-based musician has gathered a reputation for curating live sets where there isn’t a dry eye in the house. The affecting conviction of his craft, as he intricately tinkles away on the piano, is known to create an atmosphere that’s truly captivating. He’s recently been announced to be supporting The Lemon Twigs in the new year. Maltese’s following of devoted listeners is growing as his thought-provoking work precedes to resonate on larger stages.

Maltese has been likened to Father John Misty, in that he provides a perspective on the nastiness in the world with an unparalleled beauty. As he will be rounding off the tour at Thekla, those attending should prepare for an overwhelming experience on a Friday evening. With support from the equally innovative Fur, this night is one you ought to venture down to if you want your emotions to run wild.

See the video to ‘Greatest Comedian’ here: