Tuesday, February 28, 2012

New Music • Matthew Duffy

Matthew Duffy Album Cover, Spunk Pumpers Unite

This morning marks the date of the release of the latest album by gay electro-rocker Matthew Duffy. Spunk Pumpers Unite! is now available worldwide on any number of musical outlets. With the 9-song collection, Duffy attacks the music with a gusto, combining the electronic sound of the dance floor with a sharp vocals, leaving the songs with a razor edge. Check out, for instance, the fifth song offered up, Homosapien. The song was written by Pete Shelley, the title track for his 1981 debut solo album. I had gotten to know Pete as the frontman for the British Punk band Buzzcocks. Shelley, who was somewhat notorious in the early 1980s for his declaration of his bisexuality, at a time when even Elton John was married to a woman, although claiming to be bisexual. Gave new meaning to the Buzzcock songs when you go back to listen. The song is a great one, and Matthew does a great job updating and making it his.

And you know, I just loved Pete Shelley and I loved the Buzzcocks. Matthew's work does remind me a bit Shelley's songs as well as others from the Punk and New Romantics of the 1970s and '80s, with a frankness in the lyrics, and they way they both combined a real edge to the inherent "Pop" nature of the songs. I recently featured the first video for this collection, for the song Man Out of U. The video features the sexy model/actor Ronnie Kroell.

I like Matthew Duffy's music, and can't wait to spend some time with this release. I haven't been able to give it a few listens like I would like, but love the two songs above, so that means something's right about the album. To find out more about Matthew, check out his official website here. You can also find him on Facebook. To check out or purchase Spunk Pumpers Unite!, the album can be purchased from iTunes and Amazon.

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