Jumpin’ The Gun – first single release from the upcoming album ‘Scally Folk”
The former “Dead 60’s” front man, Matt McMannon released the first single off of his eagerly anticipated solo album entitled “Jumpin’ The Gun” on the 15th January 2021 via Fretstore Records.
Matt McMannon is no stranger to the music scene, his band the Dead 60s scored 5 UK top 40 hits, with their debut album surpassing 100k sales. During his time with the band, McManamon toured with the likes of Morrissey, Kasabian, and label mates The Coral, appearing on stages from Glastonbury to Top of the Pops. Prior to launching his solo career, McMannon also toured with The Specials as their live guitarist.
McMannon describes his solo album as a “fusion of influences” which is best described by his choice of title “Scally Folk” ! The album is due for release in early 2021.
As mentioned above, the first single from the album is “Jumpin’ The Gun” and McMannon has said of the track;
“Jumpin’ The Gun” is a song for all ‘the haters’ in life. The song is primarily about experiencing negative people & negative thoughts, and responding to them by doing something positive. Some years ago when I took a hiatus from doing music, I’d find certain opinionated people, basically wrote me off, believing I was finished and would never do anything in music again. I always knew I would, I was just taking stock and biding my time and making sure I didn’t “jump the gun”, so the song draws inspiration from turning other people’s negativity into a positive. For me it has a real “we will win” attitude about it, not too dissimilar to the kids book The Tortoise and the Hare.”
Listening to the track, we are immediately drawn by it’s almost hypnotic strumming guitar rhythm. The melody is slow and soothing in contrast to the vocals and the lyrics which are punchy and catchy making the listener find them almost instantly recognisable. We are able to relate to the personal side of the track in that it’s written to prove a point that when others put us down we can rise above it and succeed. “Jumpin’ The Gun” has the power to be the anthem of a generation willing to fight back and prove their worth.
Listen to the new track “Jumpin’ The Gun” for yourself here now.
The album ‘Scally Folk’ was produced in Ireland by Mick Cronin (Shane MacGowan, Kodaline & Noel Hogan of The Cranberries).
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Words by SALLY NEWMAN