Matthew Edwards and the Unfortunates are a 4/6-piece group based in San Francisco, USA and Birmingham, UK.
In late 2013, Last Tape Recordings of San Francisco released the group’s debut album — “The Fates.” Which features a hand-lithographed sleeve by designer/artist Rex Ray (David Bowie etc.)
On The Fates, The Unfortunates are joined on electric guitar by Fred Frith (Henry Cow, Eno, Robert Wyatt). The record is produced by Eric Drew Feldman (Capt. Beefheart, P.J. Harvey, Pixies). Eric also plays the pump organ and the mellotron and frequently plays live with the group.
In September 2013, Metal Postcard Records of Hong Kong released the group’s 45 “Minotaur/Bad Blood.”
Matthew Edwards relocated to the UK in late 2013 where he now has a UK version of the Unfortunates and is playing band and solo shows.
In November 2014, ‘The Fates’ had an official release (CD/download etc.) worldwide on Metal Postcard Records. The group are playing shows and festivals throughout the UK in 2015. Plus, California dates in September.
The group are currently (February 2015) recording their follow-up to “The Fates” provisionally titled “Folklore” at John Rivers (Felt, The Specials) Woodbine Street Studio in Leamington, England
‘****’ Mojo January 2015 ‘”The Fates is a great record, blessed with snags of understated charm, originality and pure lambent beauty”
4/5 Shindig Magazine December 2014
“The Fates rolling wordplay recalls Kevin Ayers; all wry wit and melancholy” 7/10 Uncut December 2014
“An altogether striking record” – Bucketful of Brains, November 2014
“An album rich with the intricacies of human experience” – StereoEmbers, October 2014
“Baskets of shoes in a railroad flat” is a wonderfully evocative and precise image in a sparsely narrated song, and both this and ‘Accident’ have the quality of a Scott Fitzgerald short, bookending the album with themes of how things were better before. “Once we were alone and had a place of our own, before the good times tore us apart, The Quietus