Matt McManamon

Singer/Guitarist — Liverpool

Name
Matt McManamon

What do you do?
Lead singer/rhythm guitarist in The Dead 60s.

Where are you from?
Liverpool, but I live in County Mayo Ireland.

Describe your style in three words?
Wine, women and song.

Which band had the most influence on your music?
Bob Marley and The Wailers. Reason being that when the band (The Dead 60s) first started we spent many months quite literally learning to play like the 'Wailers'. Although our songs didn't particularly sound like the 'Wailers', learning to play, feel and groove like them helped to teach us how to play together as a band and a unit.

If you could share the bill with any Liverpool band in history - who would it be?
The Pale Fountains - Amazing cult Liverpool band. Fronted by Liverpool legend Mick Head, who went on to form 'Shack', hugely talented songwriter.

You can spend an hour with anyone from history - who would it be?
Has to be John Lennon, not only was he from Liverpool (literally a stones throw from where I was brought up) and, was in the Beatles, the biggest band the world has ever seen. I feel as a songwriter he can't be touched and no-one has ever come close. I love his voice and his lyrics, from love songs to psychedelia and everything in between is just mind blowing.

As a man who has been so influential to so many musicians and fans alike, my question to him would simply be - what's your secret?.


With their energised mix of punk, dub and ska, The Dead 60s headlined one of Fred Perry Subculture's gigs at London's 100 Club in 2007. The band, who split in 2008, will reform in 2017 for a series of live dates including The London International Ska Festival.

First track you played on repeat?
The Beatles - ‘Can't buy me love'

One record you would keep forever?
The Clash - Combat Rock.

Song that defines the teenage you?
Oasis - 'Roll with it'

A song lyric that has inspired you?
Gerry Rafferty - 'Baker Street'

"He's got this dream about buying some land he's gonna give up the booze and the one night stands and then he'll settle down in a quiet little town and forget about everything"

I love the way these lyrics conjure up imagery in my mind. A number of years ago, when I took a 'hiatus' from playing music, I felt that these lyrics could almost have been written for me.

Best Gig you have ever been to?
Stone Roses, Phoenix Park, Dublin.

A song you wished you had written?
The La’s - 'There she goes'
In my opinion it is the perfect pop song. Timeless!!

Four new songs you can’t stop playing now?

Zombie - Jamie T
I loved this song the minute I first heard it. The groove and the rhythm just gets me, really infectious. I love the fact that I actually kept stumbling across Jamie T's songs by accident!. And it's great to see/hear that he just keeps getting better and better.

Seasons (Waiting on you) - Future Islands
I first saw/heard this band on Jools Holland and I was instantly hypnotised by their synth pop electronic beats. This style of music wouldn't normally be quite my style but... they do it so well. I love (good) frontmen. What a voice combined with his crazy dancing, it is just bonkers, and I love bonkers!!

Jobseeker - Sleaford Mods
I first became aware of the Sleaford mods when they supported 'The Specials' (a band I hold dear to my heart) and I heard this track. It blew me away!. It reminds me of P.I.L. dance meets punk. Great energy. And I adore the lyrical subject. This song should be played in dole offices up and down the country!!

S.O.B - Nathaniel Ratecliff & The Night Sweats
This song literally gets me up on my feet all singing and all dancing. The whole gospel vibe and gravelly vocals are amazing. Who would've thought a song about alcohol withdrawal could be such fun?!! Certainly one to check out.

Name
Matt McManamon

What do you do?
Lead singer/rhythm guitarist in The Dead 60s.

Where are you from?
Liverpool, but I live in County Mayo Ireland.

Describe your style in three words?
Wine, women and song.

Which band had the most influence on your music?
Bob Marley and The Wailers. Reason being that when the band (The Dead 60s) first started we spent many months quite literally learning to play like the 'Wailers'. Although our songs didn't particularly sound like the 'Wailers', learning to play, feel and groove like them helped to teach us how to play together as a band and a unit.

If you could share the bill with any Liverpool band in history - who would it be?
The Pale Fountains - Amazing cult Liverpool band. Fronted by Liverpool legend Mick Head, who went on to form 'Shack', hugely talented songwriter.

You can spend an hour with anyone from history - who would it be?
Has to be John Lennon, not only was he from Liverpool (literally a stones throw from where I was brought up) and, was in the Beatles, the biggest band the world has ever seen. I feel as a songwriter he can't be touched and no-one has ever come close. I love his voice and his lyrics, from love songs to psychedelia and everything in between is just mind blowing.

As a man who has been so influential to so many musicians and fans alike, my question to him would simply be - what's your secret?.


With their energised mix of punk, dub and ska, The Dead 60s headlined one of Fred Perry Subculture's gigs at London's 100 Club in 2007. The band, who split in 2008, will reform in 2017 for a series of live dates including The London International Ska Festival.

First track you played on repeat?
The Beatles - ‘Can't buy me love'

One record you would keep forever?
The Clash - Combat Rock.

Song that defines the teenage you?
Oasis - 'Roll with it'

A song lyric that has inspired you?
Gerry Rafferty - 'Baker Street'

"He's got this dream about buying some land he's gonna give up the booze and the one night stands and then he'll settle down in a quiet little town and forget about everything"

I love the way these lyrics conjure up imagery in my mind. A number of years ago, when I took a 'hiatus' from playing music, I felt that these lyrics could almost have been written for me.

Best Gig you have ever been to?
Stone Roses, Phoenix Park, Dublin.

A song you wished you had written?
The La’s - 'There she goes'
In my opinion it is the perfect pop song. Timeless!!

Four new songs you can’t stop playing now?

Zombie - Jamie T
I loved this song the minute I first heard it. The groove and the rhythm just gets me, really infectious. I love the fact that I actually kept stumbling across Jamie T's songs by accident!. And it's great to see/hear that he just keeps getting better and better.

Seasons (Waiting on you) - Future Islands
I first saw/heard this band on Jools Holland and I was instantly hypnotised by their synth pop electronic beats. This style of music wouldn't normally be quite my style but... they do it so well. I love (good) frontmen. What a voice combined with his crazy dancing, it is just bonkers, and I love bonkers!!

Jobseeker - Sleaford Mods
I first became aware of the Sleaford mods when they supported 'The Specials' (a band I hold dear to my heart) and I heard this track. It blew me away!. It reminds me of P.I.L. dance meets punk. Great energy. And I adore the lyrical subject. This song should be played in dole offices up and down the country!!

S.O.B - Nathaniel Ratecliff & The Night Sweats
This song literally gets me up on my feet all singing and all dancing. The whole gospel vibe and gravelly vocals are amazing. Who would've thought a song about alcohol withdrawal could be such fun?!! Certainly one to check out.

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