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Dave Sweetmore column: Matt Gough is making new music

Matt Gough.

The Tameside Radio presenter shines the spotlight on a well-respected businessman who is also one of Tameside's most loved and respected musicians.

During the day, Matt Gough is a well-respected businessman, who is now into his fourth year running his Myzizi (named after his daughter Zizi) Graphic Design and print shop in Stalybridge. 

But by night, and at weekends, he becomes one of Tameside’s most loved and respected musicians. 

Earlier this year, after one last final gig at the Made In Manchester festival when it rolled into Dukinfield, Matt’s band Fragile Audio called it a day after almost ten years on the circuit. 

It was the end of an era for the band, but those who knew Matt knew it wouldn’t be long before another musical project came along. 

Within a month, Matt had announced that he had a whole catalogue of songs that had been stored away at home, which he was finally going to release, but as a solo artist. 

He decided to record them properly, and headed over to the brilliant Big City Jack’s recording studio in Bury. At that point he decided he needed a band to back him, and called in not just two of the best musicians in the area, but two of the nicest people in music.

American born Tony Long, who has also produced Matt’s music, has joined on drums. Better known as guitarist in Manchester’s notorious rockers Alias Kid, and also producer for many great bands such as Adventures Of Salvador, Tony is an unbelievable musician and producer who we are lucky to have in this country and on the scene. 

Completing the Matt Gough band is Leon James Kenny on bass, from Black Sonic Revolver. Another great musician, from a brilliant band, who also happens to be one of the nicest men on the planet. 

The outfit Matt has put together is one of quality, and as sad as it was to see the end of Fragile Audio, the excitement for his new solo career is huge. 

Influences include The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Liam Gallagher, The Black Angels, The Beatles, The Stone Roses, and Jimi Hendrix, but even with such strong influences, the real sound of his music is purely the original and classic Matt Gough sound. 

In association with We Are Manchester, Matt will be playing his debut solo headline gig at The Castle in Manchester on Saturday, August 27, and his debut solo single, ‘At The End Of The Day’, is available now, accompanied by a video filmed and produced at Mancunia Arts Centre. 

Matt Gough is a Tameside musical hero, and with more new music planned for release this year, and more live dates to follow, I really believe he’s in for a brilliant solo career. You can find Matt Gough music and tour dates on all of the usual social media channels.

You can listen to Dave on Tameside Radio 103.6FM on Monday evenings from 7pm to 9pm. Click here to subscribe and catch up on previous shows.

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