First Past The Post Tour live in Birmingham

South London musician Matt Maltese has teamed up with one of the most promising and idiosyncratic new acts in the U.K., The Rhythm Method, for a joint ‘First Past The Post’ U.K. Tour in May and June – their own take on music and politics engagement movement Red Wedge updated for the 21st century. Tickets are on sale now – £1 from every ticket sold will be donated to homeless charity Emmaus UK – and a full list of dates can be found below. The bands said:

“There is a huge misrepresentation of the youth at the moment in politics, and we are once again at a crossroads that could change our long-term future. A landslide for the Tories seems depressingly inevitable and we want to use whatever voice we have to try and make some kind of a difference and encourage young people to turn up at the polling stations on June 8th. We can’t let our future once again be decided by the elderly just because we can’t be bothered to turn up and vote. This election is not about Brexit – something which Theresa May has cleverly banked on to steer clear of other issues in the UK – but more about choosing a better, more humane government. Not a party led by a sound bite queen that breaks the bank for nuclear warfare and privatises everything this side of the sun. But a party like Labour who want to politically address war torn countries such as Syria rather than bomb it, increase funding for schools and police, and actually address major injustices that have arisen in public industries thanks to privatisation. Politics can be serious, funny and stupidly complicated all at the same time. And this tour is about encompassing that and putting politics forward as something that isn’t complicated and, more importantly, isn’t reserved for the grannies and granddads. Like our shared musical philosophy, our politics is to be kinder, more honest and more hopeful. As the world caves in, we could take care of each other.”

20 year old Matt Maltese last week released his second track of 2017, ‘No One Won The War’ – a bruising and introspective ballad which finds Matt ruminating on the world being gripped by constant and cyclical discord. Produced by The Maccabees‘ Hugo White – The Coral’s Bill Ryder-Jones also plays guitar and organ on the track – ‘No One Won The War’ follows Matt’s acclaimed first single of this year, the crushingly romantic and sinisterly evocative ode to Theresa May and Donald Trump making love after triggering the nuclear apocalypse, ‘As The World Caves In’.

Matt has been lauded by BBC 6 Music‘s Lauren Laverne and BBC Radio 1’s Phil TaggartHuw StephensAnnie Mac and Mistajam alongside The FADERInterview MagazineThe GuardianWonderland, DIY Magazine and NME Magazine.

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Matt Maltese & The Rhythm Method play Ort Birmingham on Thurs 1st June 2017. Tickets available here.

Listen to ‘No One Won The War’ below: