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Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States | SELF

Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States | SELF
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"Review of Swan Dive Bomb"

From the opening notes of “Swan Dive Bomb,” with the lead track “We’ll Crush You With All That We Are,” it’s hard to believe that singer-songwriter Matthew Carano started the band while playing guitar in the rock-rap group Solid8. This is anything but rap. The guitar’s tone during the intro sounds something like the righteous distortion effect used by Pete Townshend on The Who’s “Baba O’Riley.” You can almost picture Carano windmilling each chord change into existenc - Spotlight Magazine


Swan Dive Bomb
Calilope (Fall 2011)



Palefighter is the solo project of singer/songwriter Matthew Carano that began in the summer of 2005. As a songwriter, Matthew writes deeply personal, intimate music that describes the complex, caring and caustic elements of human relationships in the spirit of his many influences, including Jeff Buckley, Rufus Wainwright, Radiohead, The Beatles, Cat Stevens, Paul Simon, Led Zeppelin, and Peter Gabriel.

Matthew explores his songs to their natural sonic conclusion, writing and recording at home. He performs solo acoustic and fully orchestrated. Matthew is a multi-instrumentalist. He has sung his entire life, is classically trained on the clarinet, plays guitar and piano, makes beats, records, reads music, knows theory, conducts, teaches and trips the light fantastic.