Matt McManamon of The Dead 60s launches his solo career with new track, out now, Jumpin the Gun. The track is the first taste of his long-awaited debut album Scally Folk, due later this year. Marking a distinct change in direction from the high energy ska-punk frisson of the band that broke his name, Jumpin’ the Gun finds McManamon making his first steps on an intrepid new path. Matt spoke with The Fountain about the single and his plans for the year.

TF: You have a new video out, what has the reception been like to Jumpin The Gun?

The reception has been fantastic, really positive feedback, it’s been a joy to be able to unleash this track to the world, and the acclaim I have been receiving has certainly made all the hard work well worth it.

TF: How would you sum up the track in one sentence?

“Pure Scouse Power-Pop hurtling up from the banks of the ‘Mersey-sippi’” 

TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this release?

My full LP (Scally Folk) will be released via Fretsore Records later in the year (date t.b.c) and highly likely there’ll be one more single (t.b.c) to be released before the album drops. Also live performances & tour dates if Covid-19 allows us.

TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?        

There’s so many great venues to pick from it really is impossible to choose, but playing anywhere in my hometown of Liverpool is always special and a fantastic occasion .I’m really looking forward to playing the ‘Shiiine On’ festival again, which takes place in November 2021, sadly it was cancelled last year due to the pandemic, but it’s definitely one of the best festivals I have ever played.