Matt Philpott at The Basement

Music-lovers crowded the intimate space of The Basement on Saturday for the EP launch of York’s latest pop idol, Matt Philpott. Support came from the lyrically astute Laura Kindelan, the melodic Jack Haining and the upbeat blues of According To Eve.

By Graeme Smith
Photos by Ruth Hunter


Starting the night was Laura Kindelan, who played a beautiful set of originals and covers. Though still young, Laura writes and performs songs with wisdom beyond her years, taking inspiration from the every day. This was typified during her performance through the song About You. A tribute to her mother she penned after forgetting Mother’s Day, which perfectly captured the mother-child relationship.


Up next was visitor from Leeds Jack Haining. Jack played dreamy acoustic tunes and sang with a voice that ranged from angelic high choruses to gritty verses. Having recently released his debut EP, his set contained a number of originals and one unexpected cover of Britney Spears’ Toxic to close.

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Laura Kindelan

Following was acoustic duo According to Eve, who have a knack of taking covers and making them as much theirs as their originals, particularly set opener Bob Marley’s Is This Love? Upbeat originals Everybody Says and Better Mentality got the crowd moving but their set highlight was Arms, an atmospheric Portishead-esque number with plenty of reverb.

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Jack Haining

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According to Eve

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Matt Philpott


When Matt Philpott took the stage, he was backed by what could only be described as a York super-group, with According to Eve’s Tim Downie on bass, Blind Eye’s Joey Leyland on drums and Barcode Zebra’s Charlie Daykin on keys.


Launching his debut EP Changes, Matt treated the audience to renditions of tracks from the record, which were relentlessly upbeat, channelling the likes of The Feeling and Paul Simon. Count On Me was a little more chilled, but no less poppy, and final trackDream Girl has the female contingent of the audience swooning.


Matt wove renditions of his originals with a range of covers from past and present, and it was his set closer, a reggae version of Aha’s Take On Me, that provoked the biggest reaction. Prompted for an encore, Matt followed with a mash up of Rick Astley and Avicii. After admitting he didn’t know what to play next, he had enough time to finish with a stupendously fun acoustic cover of Iggy Azalea’s Fancy.


It’s safe to say with Matt Philpott, York has got a real chance of releasing a chart-topping pop star into the world. His talent and charm on stage makes him an ideal candidate to go far.


Laura Kindelan, Jack Haining, According To Eve and Matt Philpott played at The Basement on Saturday 20 June 2015.