Little Matador have announced they will support Band of Skulls at their London Shepherds Bush Empire show on March 27, 2014, having previously played alongside the likes of Queens of The Stones, Jimmy Eat World and Nine Inch Nails in 2013. The live date comes ahead of the release of their debut self-titled album, due out through Fiction Records in early 2014.
Little Matador rock. Their self-titled debut album, set for release by Fiction Records in early 2014, is an aggressive, sassy, incendiary collection dissecting love, loss, rejection, redemption, death and re-birth... all the important stuff. Formed by Nathan Connolly, who discerning readers may recognise as the guitarist of Snow Patrol, Little Matador is an exciting new project that sees Connolly working in a new creative vein. Connolly notes, "I've always wanted to do my own record. I wanted to make a record with bite and conviction, swagger and integrity, a fresh, gritty, honest, modern rock album. And Little Matador is that record. It’s me out in the open, raw and exposed... and it's everything I hoped it would be."
In order to realise his vision, Connolly set about assembling a select team of collaborators, drawing upon musician friends who shared his love for visceral, committed rock 'n' roll. In Dublin he sought out drummer Paul 'Binzer' Brennan and bassist Gavin Fox, a crack rhythm section whose collective CVs incorporate stints in Idlewild, The Frames, Bell XI, Turn and Concerto For Constantine. Portland, Oregon's Troy Stewart, a member of Tired Pony and The Windsor Player, was recruited on guitar, and the line-up was completed with the addition of LaFaro guitarist Dave Magee, formerly Connolly's sidekick in his very first band, Belfast alternative rockers F.U.E.L. In 2012, the new-found union entered a Dublin rehearsal studio for the first time.
Ahead of the release of Little Matador, the quintet are taking their music to the people. Having racked up club shows in London and Dublin and performed with Nine Inch Nails at Belfast’s Belsonic Festival in August, the road beckons. Connolly is excited about what lies ahead, and you should be too.