Matty James To Release New Single ‘Sticks & Stones’ in March 2016


Sticks & Stones is the uplifting lead single taken from N. Irish troubadour Matty James‘ forthcoming second album; The Road To No Town. This infectious country rock anthem will be released as a digital single through iTunes on Friday 18th March. Those who pre-order now will also receive an exclusive B-side track entitled Growing Up The Long Way that isn’t available anywhere else. The new LP is set for release April 2016 on Pirate Heart Records / Cargo Records.

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A video for the song was launched on YouTube last year and sees James hitchhiking to ‘No Town’, meeting strange characters and even jumping on the back of an old tractor to make it to the show.

“To pen an album’s worth of strong songs is no mean feat but Matty James makes it look simple.” – Uber Rock

The Road To No Town was funded by fans through a highly successful PledgeMusic campaign, reaching it’s target in just 4 days and finishing on a staggering 218% of it’s goal. The project featured many exclusives including a limited edition bonus acoustic record. To celebrate, Matty hit the road across the UK in December with full backing band The Irregulars for the first time. After relentless touring over the last two years with only a guitar for company, the electrifying show made quite a stir with more to come in 2016.  We may also expect solo acoustic tours of the UK and Europe around the album’s release.


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I first went to a gig in 1981, Gillan at Leeds University. I've been a regular gig goer ever since. I haven't kept count of how many gigs I've been to over the intervening years, but it's a lot! My favourite bands are AC/DC then, in no particular order, Anti-Nowhere League, Slaughter and the Dogs, Towers of London and Dirt Box Disco. I tend to like Glam/Punk and rude offensive lyrics, not sure what that says about me but as Animal would say 'So What!' The question was recently put to me - did I write for any online publications? My reply - No, but I'd like to! Planetmosh was suggested and I found myself offering to review Aces High Festival. Easy peasy I thought! Well not quite, if a jobs worth doing it's worth doing well! I had sixteen bands to research. I found I actually enjoyed that and it kept me too busy to be making lunatic comments on Facebook! ;) Then I felt a bit inadequately qualified. I mean, who am I to comment on others, when my musical expertise extends to being able to play a mean Greensleeves on the recorder and a passable Annie's song on the flute! Haven't picked up either instrument for years! What I do have, however, is over 30 years of experience as a gig goer, so I can comment on what I like and what I don't! It's only my opinion and, if I don't like a band it doesn't mean they are bad, just not to my own liking. I admire anyone who has the guts to get up on that stage and have a go!