First & Last… with Skint & Demoralised’s Matt Abbott

By Alex Johnston

Matt Abbott is the lead singer in Wakefield-based alternative pop band ‘Skint and Demoralised’.

They are performing at Dry Bar on Oldham Road tonight from 7:30pm, and will be releasing their new album ‘This Sporting Life’ online later this spring. Here’s how Matt fared in MM’s quick-fire ‘First and Last’…

What was the first CD you owned?

The first CD that I actually went out and bought myself was ‘The Marshall Mathers LP’ by Eminem. Quite a way to start at the age of 11!

Who is the first Mancunian that you would choose to spend a day with?

I’d have to say Morrissey. His lyrics and his persona completely fascinate me and I’m absolutely obsessed with The Smiths. They say you should never meet your idols and in real life he probably wouldn’t be the chattiest of blokes, but seeing as this is fantasy I’ll choose him!

Who is the last Mancunian that you would choose to spend a day with?

Liam Gallagher. I’d quite happily listen to a compilation of Noel’s songs but I don’t have any time for Liam whatsoever. Probably quite risky saying this in a Manchester publication but I’m not a fan of Oasis at all!

What is the first thing you think of when someone says Manchester to you?

Music – it has such a rich musical history that it’s impossible not to think of The Smiths, The Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, New Order, Joy Division, Inspiral Carpets, etc. The strongest musical city in the UK by a long shot!

It’s your last day on earth and you are in Manchester – What do you spend it doing?

Walk around the city centre in the afternoon and write about as many things as I can that inspire me, visit a couple of great pubs and then play a gig in town with my best mates. Go out in style.

What CD would you take to a desert island?

Tough choice! There are a handful of CDs that I’d choose, but if I was forced into a decision then I’d take ‘Hatful of Hollow’ by The Smiths. The first of theirs that I listened to, and to this day my favourite – it truly captures the magic and essence of the band in my opinion.

What drink would you take to a desert island (water is provided)?

Bombay Sapphire, as long as I can sneak some tonic water and the desert island has fresh limes growing somewhere!

What is the last book that you read?

Deborah Curtis’ ‘Touching from a Distance’, although the last non-factual book was ‘Saturday Night and Sunday Morning’ by Alan Sillitoe which is my favourite book of all-time!

What was the first club/bar you visited in Manchester?

I reckon it must have been Jabez Clegg back in October 2006 to see Reverend and The Makers on their first headline UK Tour. It’s a great little venue although I tend to find the atmosphere is a bit hit-and-miss.

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