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  1. The Waiting Matt Steady 2:55
  2. Long Road Home Matt Steady 3:51
  3. Blacksmith Matt Steady 4:21
  4. Grist for the mill Matt Steady 3:24
  5. The Old songs Matt Steady 3:00

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Welcome!

Thank you for taking the time to read this! "Chasing Down Wolves" is an old-fashioned concept album telling a tale. Each listener will hear a different story, but in essence we follow a Saxon blacksmith unwillingly pulled into a conflict with Viking raiders, eventually ending up in the Battle of Maldon.

"I can't relate to that!" I hear you cry! You might be surprised. Each track is a song in its own right, covering all sorts of topics. Love, family, politics, PTSD, immigration, poverty, people caught up between two sides of a conflict. Nerves before a big event. The joy of music and song, the exuberance of home-coming, the nostalgia of looking back across your life. This album is about things I've seen and experienced, stories people have told me, people I know and care about. It's about life.

If I had to, I'd describe the sound as Celtic Folk. I've chosen not to use any guitars, forcing me to get creative and approach everything differently. I'm using a cittern (a 10-string folk instrument), violin, viola and fretless bass. The resulting sound is full, clear and vibrant. Noticeably different, yet definitely still me! I'm joined by the beautiful vocals of the symphonic rock/pop artist Eleanore (from the band Eleanore and the Lost), and Terl Bryant on percussion (Iona, Peter Gabriel, Rick Wakeman, The Bad Shephards, Troy Donockly, Cliff Richard, Delirious, Matt Redman and so many more).

But it's not just about the musicians... you can be a part of it too! There's no record label. No accountants and managers, design teams, market researchers, creative directors. Nobody paying for radio play. No teams of song-writers (did you know there is an average of NINE song-writers involved in a top-40 song???). I have much appreciated help from friend and photographer Nick Tsiatinis, but I try and do everything else myself. I write, record, mix and master the music. I build the website and design the artwork. I order and pay for the CDs and shirts etc. in advance. I collate the orders and talk to everyone who buys stuff. I lovingly make up parcels by hand, label and spend hours in the Post Office!

I couldn't be doing it without YOU. The only way it works is because wonderful people like you join me. It isn't just my album. These days album sales have been eclipsed by streaming, and most people will only go to see stadium bands. So it's down to you and me to take a stand. Independent music will not last unless us musicians risk making the music. It will not last if us listeners don't support the artists.

The pre-orders cover the physical cost of the goods, but it also goes towards the mortgage, food, clothes and books and everything that is required to keep our herd of children in the manner to which they are accustomed. But don't worry - we haven't adopted any more yet this year - we're still at four :)

As always, 10% of the money made from these pre-orders will go to the Ashmount Special School. I'm very proud of how much we've been able to give them over the last few years. We're making a difference!

Anyways - that's enough from me. Over to you!

Godspeed and good hunting,

P.S. If money is tight, you can still help release this record!

  • Tell your friends. You know - actual speaking!
  • Share this URL on Social Media : MattSteady.com
  • Share any posts you see about the project

In return, I'll be putting the album up on the usual streaming sites so you can listen to it for free :)

I love giving you freebies :) If you buy digital goods, you'll get some digital freebies. If you buy something physical, then I'll put in an autographed photo and some stickers. Please note that unless it explicitly specifies, I'll limit the freebies to one set per person. However if you're buying several things to give to other people as presents, then give me a shout and I'll happily put extra in for them as well :)
 

Chasing Down Wolves Digital Download

  • MP3 downloads with artwork & lyrics, perfect for your phone
  • 24bit 48kHz FLAC downloads for audiophiles
  • Special digital booklet, lyrics, commentary & photos
  • Special digital photo pack of wallpapers & phone backgrounds
  • Free world-wide shipping!  Arriving before Christmas
Still saving up for a CD player? Or maybe you're under 25 and have never even seen one... Either way this is the answer!
£10    
 

Chasing Down Wolves Compact Disc

  • Personalised autographed CD, beautiful artwork & biodegradable packaging
  • MP3 downloads with artwork & lyrics, perfect for your phone
  • 24bit 48kHz FLAC downloads for audiophiles
  • Two Hammer and Anvil stickers
  • Autographed photocard, personalised
  • Special digital booklet, lyrics, commentary & photos
  • Special digital photo pack of wallpapers & phone backgrounds
  • Free world-wide shipping!  Arriving before Christmas
High quality professional CD in beautifully printed biodegradable packaging. I'm not sure why I did that though - I don't think you'll be putting it in the compost any time soon... Photography by the renowned Nick Tsiatinis.
£20    
 

Chasing Down Wolves Stickers x5

  • Hammer and Anvil stickers, strip of 5
  • Special digital booklet, lyrics, commentary & photos
  • Special digital photo pack of wallpapers & phone backgrounds
  • Free world-wide shipping!  Arriving before Christmas
Small. Round. Stick to things. Not for human consumption.
£5    
 

16 Page Booklet - Lyrics and Song Inspirations

  • 16-page A5 booklet, lyrics, commentary and photos
  • Two Hammer and Anvil stickers
  • Autographed photocard, personalised
  • Special digital booklet, lyrics, commentary & photos
  • Special digital photo pack of wallpapers & phone backgrounds
  • Free world-wide shipping!  Arriving before Christmas
Booklet contains all the lyrics from the songs on Chasing Down Wolves, along with a commentry, beautifully backdropped by Nick Tsiatinis' photographs. A lovely momento!
£12    

Want to support the project and/or my family without wanting a reward? Feel free to leave a tip below! You rock :)

 

No strings support - leave a tip

This option allows you to contribute to the project, without a physical reward! Perhaps you're going to stream the album on Spotify or Apple Music, so you don't need a digital download or a CD, but you want to show your support for the actual creation of the music? This is your chance to gain some totally excellent karma at a very low price :)
From £5    

For Musicians:

 

I will add violin to your song/track + Digital Download

I will record a high quality violin or viola recording for your song/track AND I will also send you the digital download of "Chasing Down Wolves"
£30    
 

I will master a track for you + Digital Download

I will master a song/track for you AND provide you with a digital download of "Chasing Down Wolves". This is not an automated process - it's hands on, bespoke to your song. Satisfaction guaranteed.
£25    

Artists:

Eleanore from Eleanore & The Lost

In the studio as well as onstage, Eleanore's music and voice are truly captivating, and evidence that she continues to compose songs with great, well-written lyrics, memorable melodies and spine-tingling, epic choruses that you can't get out of your head for literally days… and days.

"The awesome vocal might and musical presence of Eleanore & the Lost are unleashed! Eleanore, a Kate Bush-like vocalist stole the show and certainly uplifted the audience, evident by standing ovations at the end." Pete Rann, Royal Borough Observer, Windsor Festival

You can listen to Eleanore & The Lost at Spotify, Apple, Amazon and you can purchase your own copies at Bandcamp

Terl Bryant

"I have a studio known as Voice Of Drums where I produce commercial drum and percussion tracks. Clients include: Elizabeth McGovern, Trinity College of Music, Jo HoggLorraine JordanSteve LevineRight Said Fred and many others. 
 
During the year I have a number of mini tours and live dates with legendary Graham Kendrick featuring material for his latest release 'Keep the Banner Flying High'. Last year I collaborated with Italian composer Stefano Ianne on Duga-3 and tracked drums for former IONA front lady Joanne Hogg's MAP project here at the Voice of Drums studio.
 
My solo recordings and collabs feature a wide range of talented friends They are available to preview and download on Bandcamp and also to stream on Spotify and Apple Music. I have produced 6 albums, several of which feature my work with Psalm Drummers.
 
I am currently working on a new solo project and written material. I hope it won't be too long before I have some of this available for you. 
 
My other passions are travelling and telling stories."

Ashmount School - our chosen charity

Ashmount School

As in previous years, we've chosen Ashmount School in Loughborough to be our chosen charity. They'll be receiving 10% of the profits from the pre-orders :) Ashmount are an amazing all-age special school, and I've seen first hand their dedication and commitment to their students. I was able to witness a performance by their choir in Leicester's premier theatre, the Curve, and it was a very special experience. This year they received a Platinum Arts Mark from the Arts Council, which is incredibly difficult to achieve.

Last time we raised enough for them to buy printed t-shirts for everyone in the choir. This time I want to do more!

Reviews:

Cathe

Instrumentation is pristine and reminds me of Hawkwind. Your voice would make Glen Hansard jealous!

Cathe B
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Jeff S

How extraordinary. The faraway almost ethereal sound at times seems to secretly transport us back those thousand years. But it’s never what you expect. Starting with Battle of Maldon, I worked back to Grist for the Mill. I found Matt doesn’t allow you to slip away for a moment with his excellent instrumental strands, rare rhythms and enchanting harmonies. But somehow in the faraway feel, in the ethereal, there’s a reality link to the spirit of those bygone days. Love it!

Musling

Brilliant work in progress. Love the blend of styles. Keep the Fire Burning might be my favoured one followed by The Old Songs. Can’t wait to listen to the finished mix.

Carl Spaul

utterly immersive…draws you into the dark ages

His mix of traditional and contemporary instrumentation is inspired and paired with what I would call trad folk lyrics, sung in a voice that would suit the darkest of dive bar blues (think Tom Waits). Yet his vocals soften beautifully for tracks like The Blacksmith and Long Road Home.

Matt wanted to use this album to tell a story, he’s done that and so much more. Definitely an album to lose yourself in, on those long winter nights in front of an open fire

CCR / Dream Frog

Sandra J

I still hear the haunting songs in my head… I listened over & over! It is an absolutely marvellous story-filled work of art!! I love it!

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Kathryn S

This is going to be a super album. Loving the instrumentals as they add so well with your vocals!

Dream Frog podcast

Due for general release this Winter, Chasing Down Wolves is utterly immersive, something Matt seems to have been pushing for since the release of his second album Feels Like Coming Home.

Steady draws you into the dark ages from track one, Grist For The Mill and doesn't let go of your imagination until the end of track twelve, Memories. His mix of traditional and contemporary instrumentation is inspired and paired with what I would call trad folk lyrics, sung in a voice that would suit the darkest of dive bar blues (think Tom Waits) and you're getting there. And yet his vocals soften beautifully for tracks like The Blacksmith and Long Road Home.

Matt wanted to use this album to tell a story, he's done that and so much more. Definitely an album to lose yourself in, on those long winter nights in front of an open fire.

Tina Sherwood: Rock Shotz Soundz

It’s a rarity these days to be presented with a concept album, but that’s exactly what the talented Matt Steady is giving us with ‘Chasing Down Wolves.’ It tells an ancient tale of a Saxon blacksmith who finds himself unwillingly facing conflict with Viking raiders, the result of which is a fierce battle.

Whilst the basis of the story is the stuff of legend, the situations and emotions we hear can be found at any time, in any place, in any innate consciousness: love, the need to protect, antagonism, family, nostalgia, so there is the ability for transference if the listener does not necessarily connect with the story historically.

Best described as ‘Celtic Folk with a Symphonic Air,’ in order to achieve this creation Matt Steady has employed some truly heavy-weight talent in the form of the beautiful vocal skills of Eleanore (of Eleanore & the Lost) and super-percussionist Terl Bryant, who’s accompanied some of the most famous names in the modern entertainment world!

Musically, ‘Chasing Down Wolves’ is imaginative and evocative of an age, primarily due to Steady’s choice of instrumentation. Steering completely away from guitars, one of the main sounds is a 16th century cittern, a 10-stringed folk instrument, which, on its own, adds a sonorous historical ambience.

Special mention should be made of Track 8, ‘The Battle of Maldon,’ a simple, stunning unaccompanied hymn before battle. The layers of voices and harmonies, in conjunction with gorgeous atmospheric production creates a haunting sacred reverb; we’d defy anyone to listen to this track and not be moved by it!

Matt Steady is a composer, arranger and performer who additionally takes on the mantle usually carried by music management companies, thereby cutting out the ‘middle man.’ In this case he mixes, masters, designs the artwork, builds and manages the website and everything else in between! He’s an incredible one-man concern who likes to share any profits with deserving charities close to the hearts of himself and his family.

Album pre-order is available until the end of October, with some special offers being added along the way. You will also find a sample of a few of the tracks to whet your appetite.

At a time when Rock Shotz Soundz is overflowing with requests to review Punk, Rock and Metal bands, the beautiful sound of ‘Chasing Down Wolves’ is extremely cathartic!