"I'm going to give it 10 full-length records and then I'll be content to disappear," Bean jokes. Set to release his fourth record, Matthew Bean (who goes by the stage moniker Sneaky Bones) is almost halfway there. "Things are growing, slowly, but I don't mind – someone asked me what my goal was with music and one word popped into my head – longevity." Bean has been gathering a fanbase around the world, having completed three extensive tours of Europe, two inter-island tours across New Zealand, and a scattering of shows across the western US and Canada in between. With every tour, more merch disappears, rooms fill up and sell out, and most importantly, the music continues to grow.
Once I booked my first tour across Europe in 2017, I was hooked," Bean remarks. Those long stints in foreign lands allowed Bean and his collaborators to hone in on a sound and engage listeners purely through the calibre of music. "Europe was the first time I ever played rooms where some people didn't speak much English and it was such a beautiful experience to connect with an audience purely through our sound." Bean says he takes that experience onto paper as he writes now, crafting songs that are music forward and lyrically supportive.
Time away from home also informed a lot of the songwriting on the upcoming release. "Life has been pretty tumultuous since recording STRANGERS and some of that chaos seeped into my songwriting on this new record," Bean explains, "but, this record has a new continuity because the songs were mostly written back-to-back, in a much shorter time frame than before." The new record, LITTLE WORDS, will just appear one day. Bean, still completely independent, doesn't take to the fanfare of release calendars and endless online chatter because, "it’s not why I make music." Those who get it, will get it and those who know, will know. "Even underneath all the current chaos, the world is f**ked," Bean laughs, "and I feel very lucky to be able to create, so I’m going to do just that – make records and create."