Boxset fever…

Well, with LOCKDOWN SIEBEN over I’ve had the chance to take a few days rest… ha ha, of course not! May have been planning the next stage, SIEBEN ONLINE, in fact πŸ˜‰

It’s time to strip the paper mΓ’chΓ© facing from the back of my little room and dismantle Lockdown Sieben. I’m not only cleaning forgotten areas, but re-discovering things anew walled off for a year! And setting to work on the next stage…

Before that though, a sacrificed must be given to the Gods of Online Concerts. After a heated meeting, myself, Kev, The Old One and The Upstairs Hoover have nominated Not So Big Kev for the honour of ‘the BBQ sacrifice’. Don’t judge us for slightly misleading NSBK on what (‘who’, more to the point) the BBQ entailed! Video to follow, when the deed is done. It’s for the greater good, Not So Big Kev!

Boxset smockset! They’re in PL, having mistakenly been to FR, coming originally from PL, where they are now loitering with intent. Hoping they’ll see a little UK sun soon, and I will send them straight out to you. Exactly 100 sold as I type, so no more key rings! Luckily my partner in crime Maciek Frett (Job Karma, 7JK) has managed to obtain the very first boxset sighting in the world and has sent us all some pictures:


Mmm, boxset! Officially released as soon as they stop holidaying on their Grand Tour of Europe πŸ˜‰

I’ve booked a flight for a gig! That was odd. Off to Hradby Samoty Festival in Slovakia in July. Very much looking forward to that, and being back in the real world of concerts. Restrictions permitting, of course, that good old proviso we add on everything we plan, these days.

You’ll see me before that, I hope, with the first two gigs of SIEBEN ONLINE, an intermittent but regular concerts online ‘show’ replacing LS. My Deutchangle Friendschaft Nacht will happen when the boxsets arrive, and possibly at short notice. Of course I’ll let you know with some kind of warning ;). Got some nice things planned for that- and in fact already worked out better decor, camera angles and at least the sound you are used to, if not better still πŸ˜‰ And keep Sunday 20th June free, for my Sieben Summer Solstice Show (9-11.30pm UK). I’m planning on doing a concert/live album with this show, and broadcasting for the very first time from Bandcamp. Giving it a try, as a dry run for live-streaming the Christmas show πŸ˜‰

LOCKDOWN SIEBEN was amazing, such a pleasure and privilege for me to do, and something I shall always cherish. As always, I aim to up the ante and improve on whatever I did last, so excuse this slight respite period of slackness where I don’t record a sodding album, boxset, series of gigs or teach George to tap dance! πŸ˜‰ Before all, the sacrifice of Not So Big Kev must appease the Online Gods. #LS90 THE BBQ OF NSBK

Thank you so much for the amazing support throughout, and particularly with the generous support for the boxset. Apologies again that they are taking the scenic route. rest assured NSBK’s demise will speed their journey to you – Β Assuming I’m not ‘Brexited’ at the border (still braced for being so) it might even break even at some point πŸ˜‰ More than that, I’m just desperate to get my hands on a copy and check it’s as nice as it looks!

Matt Β – May 2021



Boxset pre-order

Just to let you know, I’ll be putting the boxsets up for pre-order on this site, tomorrow at 10am, my time.

Really excited for tomorrow night, and playing High Broad Desire Field, Right? night for you πŸ™‚

Btw, the digital bonus album (can’t type it without doing it in Kev-voice in my head) is now up to 27 tracks, so should be at least 30 by the time I’m done. You get a code for a free download of this album, with the boxset πŸ™‚

The final concert for now, Concert 55, is called Rug Murder Mystery πŸ˜‰

See you tomorrow at 8!

Matt – April 2021

LOCKDOWN SIEBEN coming to an end? ;)

48 weeks, 13 albums, 50 concerts, 82 videos, 122 songs, and an immeasurable pleasure to have made LOCKDOWN SIEBEN for you all.

Friday 2nd April is concert 50, VOLUME 10 Night, and the final concert of LS.

But as always, I aim to give no less than all, so there may be a little extra. And seems a shame to not ‘see the year out’? πŸ˜‰

“Boxset is coming!” says Kev, menacingly πŸ˜‰ I’m hoping that I’ll have it up on the site in the next week or so.

See you Friday!

Matt – March 2021

Lockdown Sieben building to a climax!

Hi all πŸ™‚ Next week is Volume 9 Night- as you know, the album releases on Bandcamp in the morning, and I play it live for you online on Facebook in the evening πŸ˜€ (remember you don’t need to be on fb, or log in, to watch- and I add them to youtube the day after, too) After that, I’m aiming to bring LS to its climax! Next week’s show will be songs from Forbid The Sun’s Escape, and The Lion & the Hook albums played live (and updated!) for you. Obviously, the night will called Forbid The Hook’s Escape Helpline πŸ˜‰

Volume 10 will happen on the 2nd of April, 11 months after I started online, thanks to all your lovelinesses πŸ™‚

It’s been a glorious Sieben-Boot-Camp workout for me, throughout! I’ve always aimed to push and develop what I do, concert by concert, certainly album by album – but this has been under the microscope of your wonderful gaze, and you’ll have seen the new Sieben sound developing before your eyes more recently live. I feel set up nicely for writing the next Sieben. And it’s nicely the other way round to usual, for me, too: Normally, I’d have the content and ideas and go searching a new sound. Bootcamp training has set me up with a whole new wealth of sounds and sound sources, and new grooves I want to explore with new Sieben music. I can feel a whole new skin shedding. LS has enabled me to meld Pastoral Howden with Angry Howden, now it’s time to push on to Future Howden? That’s my plan, at least – to try and channel this into the last concerts of LS so that there’s still a (hopefully) very special climax to it all πŸ™‚

This Wednesday, 3rd of March, Kev and I make our DJ debut, at 16.32UK time, here: https://beachyheadradio.com/listen/Β 

After that I’ll wrangle it on to my Mixcloud πŸ˜ƒ I guess some of my song choices may surprise you πŸ˜‰

The box set is being manufactured. I’ll keep you all updated about its release. Shouldn’t be long, now. I still have Lockdown The Covers and 2020 VISION CDs to sell to break even, too πŸ˜‰

Keep well, all!

Matt – Feb 2021

Winter Solstice Special Live Album

My Winter Solstice Special Live (digital) Album is now on sale exclusively from my Bandcamp πŸ™‚ You can watch the concert in its entirety on my Youtube Channel.

Must admit there was an extra tension in the air πŸ˜‰ Not least because I was conscious that my weekly fun moments of ‘nope, no sodding clue how that bit goes’ wouldn’t translate too well to a full-blown two-hour culmination of a year’s work’ album. It’s pretty ‘chunky’ anyway, and Kev caps it off with his own hymn. Then there are a couple of virtual encores. Plus, all the usual inane and bizarre chat, without all the dim pauses and bending down to tweak the looper πŸ˜‰


Thanks all, for your immense support throughout LOCKDOWN SIEBEN.

I’m straight back on it in the New Year, with Concert 38 – Hello Mellow 21? Friday at 8 on my Sieben Facebook LIVE page, each week until you’ve had enough, or we’re allowed to do it in real-life again πŸ˜‰

Matt – 22nd Dec 2020

2020 IN BRIEF…

2020 IN BRIEF: Album release planned, festivals, tour dates booked. Covid cometh. ALL GONE. Teach online, work out broadcasting.First gig online. Scramble to master the sound, struggle to operate cameras, lights. Rehearse, record, learn songs, teach, sleep, repeat weekly. DIY. Lovely Church of Sieben est.2020. 36 gigs in a row. Build each week to Friday. Papier Mache something. Often a moon, sometime a Big Kev. ‘Record some songs’ becomes ’10 CD retrospective career so far re-write Boxset’. 2020 VISION releases digitally, then CD, vinyl. Cat T shirts. Kev, George, Amber, Big Kev, Not So Big Kev, Mel, The Upstairs Hoover, The Old One, Stand, and Jonaton Monotron form ensemble. Sieben covers album. Sieben all-covers gig. 14 Sieben albums performed live in concert. 67 LS videos made – Lockdown a strange beast! Live Solstice album culmination. LS 2020 ENDS… (except two videos which release 24.12 and 25.12 πŸ˜‰ )

Expect the Grateful Dead (Gruntled Dead?) version of Sieben with concert 37 tomorrow night, as I indulge in a two-hour special and bask in the reflection of The Ginger One’s glory. Culminates with a virtual ‘Who’s Been Digging In The Garden, George?’ and a hymn that Kev’s written for us all as a message of hope for 2021 πŸ˜‰ I finish off the year with this live album concert, Winter Solstice Special, and as always try to top the previous show. This time more so than ever πŸ˜‰


I can’t thank you all enough for the wonderful journey, the fantastic travels we’ve had whilst at home in socks; for the mental and physical exercise-wheel of joy that has been LOCKDOWN SIEBEN 2020 for me πŸ˜€ A chance for me to really develop what I do, push myself, in ideal conditions. With a Kev. With you. With a new there-and-then approach. Re-connected me with my old material, integrated it all with a new sound. The ultimate As They Should Sound for me, with the better half of my back catalogue. With one major exception: No wasteful pursuit of over-cooking, over-working the mixtures making studio albums. It’s taught me a new, simpler more effective way: Pick up Kev, do it live, pedals ready to go, knowing there’s an eager audience, and as always having a real desire to expand the music I make and keep it fresh has driven me like never before. Despite Lockdown’s many downsides this has been an absolute joy, a labour of love for me to undertake, and to offer out to you. Truly a real blessing for an independent artist to have an outlet, a lovely audience that cares, and brings so much to the live concerts, and the LOCKDOWN SIEBEN Facebook group, its interactions, its friendships formed.

More to come in 2021, of course. I’ve still got to get to 100 videos, Volumes 8, 9 and 10 need doing, other albums need their own night. I wouldn’t be surprised if I see it through to a one-year cycle. I’m guessing you won’t be that surprised, either πŸ˜‰

Thank you all so, so much.

Matt Howden 19 Dec 2020

Lockdown the Covers album

Guess what I found, digging in the garden this morning? My new Lockdown the Covers album! Now in my shop. In fact, ONLY in my shop. I bought a license to use other people’s songs for this CD. So it won’t be available digitally, or any other format. Just 750 of these mildly bad boys πŸ˜‰

I’ve also done an ‘offer‘ whereby if you buy this and 2020 VISION CD, you get them a little cheaper.

Guaranteed NOT to get to you before Christmas! πŸ˜‰

This album launches on Friday, with the online live show, concert 35, Don’t mention The ‘C’ Word.

Lockdown Sieben Volume Sieben

Hey ho, lockdownsters! I’m up to Volume 7 in my ‘rework my back catalogue through the medium of Kev’ trial-by-index-cards πŸ˜‰

Kev seems to have developed a very poor Brummie accent, for some reason…

It’s out now, on my Bandcamp


Tonight is concert 30 live online, LS#61, Volume Sieben Nacht! Loving the vibe you all bring to these nights πŸ™‚

Matt – Nov 2020

The halfway point of LOCKDOWN SIEBEN

Well, it’s five months since what started as ‘make a little video of a couple of songs’ turned into a project that aims to make 100 videos (55 so far), 10 albums reworking the best of my back catalogue (Volume 6 release this Friday, with the concert in the evening), re-learn 105 songs (92 so far), and make 105 index cards!

Friday sees the release of Volume 6, and just over the halfway point, I guess. I made a video of what’s happened so far:

It’s been amazing, demanding, and intense throughout, made brilliant by your support and enthusiasm. Despite 2020 absolutely falling apart at the start of the year, for all of us, this really has sustained me, and been an island of sanity. An odd but fitting way to celebrate the 20th year of doing my Sieben project. A weird and wonderful unification of my work past and present has taken place, in part led my the army that is Kev, (my kevlar 5 string violin) but for the most part, by you πŸ™‚ I look forward immensely to another five months of giving it my best to entertain you and amuse you. And give you a little island of sanity, too, hopefully.

Matt Howden- Sept 2020

Halfway Sieben lists

Hi all πŸ™‚ Well, I reckon I’m about halfway through my LOCKDOWN SIEBEN project as of now. I’d planned #LS100 videos- be they individual songs, or concerts. lately I’ve been branching out into some ‘making of’ videos for your amusement. (Hopefully!) I’m up to #LS51. Including one proper one made by Chris Ogden at Long Chalk Media, in which many of you star! And of course the 22 concerts, each Friday since May 1st have been such a major part of this, and so special and precious to me. The whole project has allowed me to develop and grow my craft at super-speed under the warm light of your kind engagement with it; to re-engage myself and integrate my older material, and re-explore it and a whole new soundscape with Kev! And an utterly lovely community has formed around it. Here’s my first list, of the videos and concerts so far:








#3 CONCERT 1 – 1st May 2020 – 2020 VISION ALBUM LAUNCH


#4 SONG – Northern Lights


#5 SONG – Transmission(ish)


#6 SONG – Black Moon, Rise Again


#7 SONG – Death tape Updated For 2020


#8 CONCERT 2 – 8th May 2020


#9 SONG – Hillfort Mindset


#10 SONG – Coldbloods


#11 SONG The Sun


#12 SONG – Crumbs


#13 CONCERT 3 – 15th May 2020


#14 SONG – Donald


#15 SONG – Kickstart The Empire!


#16 SONG – Love Must Wax Cold


#17 SONG – Minack Theatre




#19 CONCERT 5 – 29th May 2020


#20 SONG – Heroes (David Bowie cover)


#21 SONG – Second Witchwords Heroes




#23 SONG – Ogham the Spirit


#24 SONG – Written in Fire


#25 CONCERT 7 – 12th June 2020


#26 SONG – I Saw a Face


#27 CONCERT 8 – 19th June 2020


#28 CONCERT 9 21st June – SUMMER SOLSTICE Special


#29 POPUP SIEBEN Youtube MINI concert 24th June 2020




#31 POPUP SIEBEN Ogham On The Hill – HINDRHEIMR TASTER taster) https://youtu.be/dekVAJA2L4o




#34 CONCERT 12 –Β  4th July 2020 – CELEBRATA HINDRHEIMR (NO)


#35 SONG – Rite For The Unfulfilled


#36 CONCERT 13 – 10th July 2020 – WHO’S BEEN DIGGING? – CONOR NUTT!


#37 CONCERT 14 – 17th July 2020 – SEX & WILDFLOWERS NIGHT




#39 POPUP SOUNDCHECK SIEBEN – 27th July 2020 – KULT 41, BONN (DE)




#41 CONCERT 17 – 1st Aug 2020 – KULT 41, BONN (DE)


#42 SONG – Oh Yes, There Will Be Blood!




#44 Forget Me Not


#45 OFFICIAL LS VIDEO Come and Ride in the Cult Of Light – Long Chalk Media


#46 CONCERT 19 – 14th Aug 2020 WE WILL BE ALRIGHT WITH THE UPSTAIRS HOOVER https://youtu.be/iR42Tp-abD0





#49 Some thoughts on looping Floating


#50 The making of the Almost Home project





Lullaby – The Cure Compilation

Crumbs – Left Folk BLM Compilation

Here Is The News – Paul Bower 2.5minutes compilation.

The Old Magic – CINYF




I’ve also been busy (as you’ve all noticed, thanks so much for all the orders) with merch: T shirts, badges, 2020 VISON CDs (made possible by you all buying the LS Volumes), the LOCKDOWN SIEBEN 5 VOLUMES to date, and currently silkscreen prints and very limited edition vinyl.

This has been an absolute artisan project from the start, reflected in its nature by both the price and the short run produced. It started from a facebook post where I asked if anyone would like an exclusive vinyl.Β  ALL FIFTEEN COPIES WERE SNAPPED UP STRAIGHT AWAY. Apologies if you missed out. Though you haven’t seen the price yet! There really could only be so many made. Making more would have made the process somewhat cheaper overall, but not so special, I decided in the end. This was entirely about getting some fantastic and skilled artisans to show off their craft. Jon Downing at Doitthissen Records, lathe cut each 2020 VISION album on to 2 x 10″ 180gm clear vinyl disks with his lathe. He has to do it in real time, and listen each time, so I guess he’s pretty fed up with the album by now πŸ˜‰ Next, Martin Bedford (who does all my artwork) designed the image and how the layers would work for the silkscreen printing. Rupert and Dan at APG Works, a lovely little gallery and workshop in the centre of Sheffield, then set about making the screens and printing each layer:

15 white card vinyl sleeves were printed, and ten prints on Somerset Velvet 280gsm, Radiant White paper, with torn edges. 10β€³ four colour print. An amazing old-school process, and they really are looking so beautiful and feel so nice on thick fluffy archive paper. There are still six of these left, in my shop. The vinyl is finished, but I’m waiting on the labels and inserts. It’s beautifully minimal, and a testament to the amazing design and sensibilities of Martin Bedford. I will write 2020 VISION on the front, we both will sign it in pencil. That’s it. A card insert inside, simple labels, a CD copy, and some wooden Ogham ‘strengtheners’ I made from plywood, and have spent the last few weeks nipping down to the cellar to jigsaw an Ogham shape in wood, then take it outside to be sprayed:

LLOCKDOWN SIEBEN has also brought about the Who’s Been Digging In The Garden, George? section, where I get the chance to show you some of the wonderful artists that Sheffield has, nestled in it’s beautifully hairy underbelly. First up we had Andy Whitehouse, then Rhiannon Scutt come play beautiful sets for us. Andy very kindly opened his Almost Home project up to our LOCKDOWN SIEBEN Facebook group (feel free to join, anyone), and we made a track together. See video 50 for the making of this, and hear many of the wonderful contributions. We’ll release this sometime soon, with all profits going to ASSIST charity in Sheffield πŸ˜€ Up coming up soon for these nights will be a couple of bands. First off the fabulous fast and furious two-piece that are Yo Dynamo at this Friday’s concert. Same time and place each Friday, in case you don’t know: Sieben page, facebook, 8pm UK time. Next month will see Duck come play for you all, too – love this band, and this will be just glorious. fact is I’ve never got to see them play live as I’ve always been gigging when they are, so this is a double-win for me πŸ˜‰

What seemed an impossible task in normal times actually became doable due to the pandemic. Being asked to make short video initially in April 2020, has morphed beyond belief. I’ve learned many new skills with broadcasting, sound, and indeed looping. The regular concerts with scientifically (no less) comparable measures of the sound and broadcast, what works best, what I can improve, has improved my live sound immeasurably. (Sorry, Science, I let you down at the end, there πŸ˜‰ ) That in turn has prompted me to try new looping equipment that means I can build the sounds quicker and better. Which meant I was happy recording simply live, raw and direct into your ears. The LOCKDOWN SIEBEN volumes have been such a pleasure for me to create. A mic, a Kev, and two loop lines into the recorder. No studio trickery, just aim for a great live take with character. No problem if the cat comes in and yowls, or Kev does an untimely screech. It’s all in there, all part of its character πŸ™‚ Thus the idea of a 10 Volume LOCKDOWN SIEBEN release. I made these PAY WHAT YOU LIKE, so people can have them during the pandemic whether they pay or not. Many nice sales with this, thank you, and some people are using it as a tip jar for each concert, some are taking for free as they will be buy the CD boxset, some are just taking them πŸ™‚ By April or so, 2021, this will be ready. Pretty much the better half of my entire back catalogue recorded afresh, sounding better than I could have dreamed. They all, (for me, at least) surpass the original album versions. Even from the newer albums. The songs together are more a whole, too. An Ogham track does not sound out of place with a 2020 VISION track in the Lockdown series. They have the raw, live power I’ve never quite been able to capture before. I’ve never been so ‘on my game’ due to the pandemic and so much being cancelled, so much I wasn’t able to do. Such is life. I’ve completed five of the ten Volumes so far. Here’s what’s complete:

LOCKDOWN SIEBEN VOLUME 1 (& live concert set 22nd May 2020)


11 Enzosonbenzos (2020) INDEX CARD #LS2

38 Virgin In The Green (S&W) INDEX CARD

24 Sleep, Clara Bow (EDS) INDEX CARD

39 A Firebug Nature (EDS) INDEX CARD

3 Coldbloods (CR) INDEX CARD #LS10

28 Black Moon, Rise Again (OM) INDEX CARD #LS6

40 Ogham The Blood (OGHAM) INDEX CARD

9 Kickstart The Empire! (KICK) INDEX CARD #LS15

81 (The Temptations – Papa Was A Rolling Stone)


LOCKDOWN SIEBEN VOLUME 2 (& live concert set 29th May 2020)

41 Millenia (HBF) INDEX CARD

33 Ogham Inside the Night (OGHAM) INDEX CARD


36 Old Magic (deep) (OM)

42 Easy Prey (HBF) INDEX CARD

10 Who Whips (KICK) INDEX CARD

35 Jigsaw Chainsaw (EDS) INDEX CARD

26 We Wait For Them (SWBF) INDEX CARD

17 Come And Ride In The Cult Of Light (2020) INDEX CARD OFFICIAL VIDEO #LS45

84 (Bauhaus – Bela Lugosi’s Dead)


LOCKDOWN SIEBEN VOLUME 3 (& live concert set 26 June 2020)

27 Hillfort Mindset (OM) #LS9 INDEX CARD

45 I Saw A Face (NLTA) #LS26 INDEX CARDΒ Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β 

46 The Spirit (OGHAM) #LS23

34 Vonnegut (NLTA)

47 Second Witchwords (FTSE) #LS21

32 Love Must Wax Cold (HBF) #LS16

16 Berylsinperil (2020) INDEX CARD #LS32

48 Ready For Rebellion (OM) INDEX CARD

2 You Want Some? (CR) INDEX CARD

83 (JD – Transmission/Walked In Line) INDEX CARD #LS5


LOCKDOWN SIEBEN VOLUME 4 (& live concert set 24th July 2020)

52 Spring Snowdrop (S&W) INDEX CARD

57 A High Broad Field (HBF)

56 Modron (OM) INDEX CARD

68 Rite for the Unfulfilled (DR) #LS35

13 Death Tape Updated for 2020 (2020) INDEX CARD #LS7

8 The Overlords Are Back (CR)

51 Written in Fire (EDS) #LS24

67 Barry The Astonishing (7JK) INDEX CARD

49 Missolonghi Sky (DR) INDEX CARD

23 The Sundolin* (OGHAM) INDEX CARD

80 (Kylie -Can’t Get You)


LOCKDOWN SIEBEN VOLUME 5 (& live concert set 4th Sept 2020)

30 Minack Theatre (SWBF) INDEX CARD #LS17


73 Oh Yes, There Will Be Blood (FILM) INDEX CARD #LS42

63 Loki Rides Again (S&W) INDEX CARD

4 Β Ignore the Apocalypse (CR) INDEX CARD

50 Floating (NLTA) INDEX CARD

59 Build You A Song (SWBF) INDEX CARD


70 Peterson’s Seat (OSC) INDEX CARD

86 (Cabaret Voltaire) Voice Of America/Damage Is Done) INDEX CARD

Obviously, the second half of this list is TOP SECRET! I have all songs pencilled in, though still 14 more you haven’t heard yet to learn and drop in. I’m drip feeding one per concert for the next 14 weeks. And no doubt some surprises along the way, I’m going wherever you’re talking me on this. You’ve all been the driver, the wonderful force in this. Being at the concerts, creating a fabulous vibe, sharing, buying, downloading, welcoming the other artists, riding with my silliness, contributing, your ideas, kindnesses to each other, sending gifts, sending love, entering into the spirit. An absolute gift for an artist, which this artist will always cherish. Thank you πŸ˜€

Matt Howden – Sept 2020


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