We’re delighted to announce that Matt McManamon‘s excellent new single “Pulling At The Reins” is out on Friday now for streaming and downloading on all the usual platforms HERE.

As the former frontman of The Dead 60s and recent live guitarist for The Specials, McManamon is strongly associated with ska, punk, dub and reggae. His solo work however is closer aligned to his Liverpool Irish roots, influenced by storytelling and narratives of real life experiences.

“This song tackles the issue of alcoholism and the subsequent repercussions, namely falling through the cracks of life. In my experience many people have have been touched by this issue in some way shape or form, but sadly the stigma that is attached to alcohol addiction & abuse more often than not creates a wall of silence, playing a huge factor in the continuation of the cycle.

It was originally recorded (ironically above a pub) in Wexford and was then taken to Transmission Rooms Recording studio where drums & bass were added, working it up to the version we now have for release.”

The Dead 60s scored 5 UK top 40 hits, with their debut album surpassing 100k sales. During this time, McManamon and band 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, Matt also toured with The Specials as their live guitarist.


McManamon’s debut album, Scally Folk, is now set for an early 2021 release.