Matt Backer is a leading guitarist and songwriter, having performed with a wide array of artists including Aimee Mann, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Kim Wilde, Swing Out Sister, Elton John, Cher, Joe Cocker and Alice Cooper, amongst others. His most recent solo album, The Impulse Man, resulted in two US Independent Music Network Number 1 singles and won Best Adult Contemporary Newcomer at the New Music Awards in L.A.
Since then, he has composed music featured in hit television series’ such as NCIS, Law and Order and Date My Mom, films like Domino and Horton Hears A Who, and adverts for household brands including Carlsberg, McDonalds and Chrysler. He has toured the world with artists including Belinda Carlisle, ABC (with whom he sold out the Royal Albert Hall performing an orchestral version of their seminal
Lexicon Of Love album) and Rumer, on whose double platinum debut Seasons Of My Soul he performed, as well as its follow up Boys Dont Cry. But the pinnacle of his recent accomplishments is new album Idle Hands, which he wrote and recorded.
Mojo described his previous album, The Impulse Man, as having ‘the chunkiest riffs and licks you wish youd learned to play wrapped around songs reeling with fat choruses and wry humour.’
Produced by Matt and his long-time collaborator Ian Shaw (Nick Heyward, Julian Cope), Idle Hands follows in this brilliant vein. The album features a little help from Matts friends. Julian Lennon (whom Matt has toured the world with, and played on his last two albums) co-wrote, produced, and shares lead vocals on the anthemic single All That Youve Wanted. A portion of the proceeds from the single will go to
Julian’s charity, The White Feather Foundation, which embraces environmental and humanitarian issues around the world.
Martin Fry took time out from his position as ABCs inspired frontman to duet on Halfway To Jessica, which also features piano from Rumer producer Steve Brown. The spirit of early Steely Dan is conjured up on Lets Art and Rod Stewarts band lends a hand on Ive Fallen And I Can’t Get Up.
Idle Hands is released on 17th September, along with the single, All That Youve Wanted.
Hampered by ill health, but never ones to retire shyly, The Who continue celebrating their 50th anniversary as they contemplate retirement.
Guitar Planet grades the creative comebacks from three iconic artists who are attempting to give 2015 a much-needed injection of impetus.
Guitar Planet takes on new albums by southern stars Blackberry Smoke, nu-metal icons Papa Roach and the legendary Venom.
The music industry’s glamorous state of the union address was delivered this weekend, but what did the Grammys have to say about guitar music?
Enter Shikari renew their archly political assault while expanding their sonic horizons on The Mindsweep.