Alternative Rock band ((Belfast & Italy))

Unquiet Nights are a Rock band formed in Belfast, Northern Ireland.


“So catchy.  Pure Rock & Roll.” (1)
 – Phil Taggart, BBC Radio 1.


Unquiet Nights are the band of Northern Irish songwriter Luke Mathers.  Formed in Belfast and relocating to mainland Europe, they've picked up much radio worldwide, supported million selling artists, recorded with hall of famers, released one record and toured in nine countries.

Mathers' fascination with songs and guitars started in the early 90's in a particularly turbulent part of pre-ceasefire Northern Ireland, collecting Roy Orbison cassettes and forming fledgling bands.  After the last of such bands split in 2005 following reasonable success, Mathers set about focusing solely on his own songwriting.  Settling on the name Unquiet Nights some time in 2006, partially in reference to an obscure Genesis track, and partially in reference to bi-polar disorder, he began recording and playing solo gigs.

Fast forward to the summer of 2010 in Belfast, where skeleton tracks for debut album "21st Century Redemption Songs" are being recorded above the famous "Limelight" club.  Already electing to move to Italy, where the album would be finished and sent for mixing by Neal Calderwood (The Answer / Fighting With Wire), Unquiet Nights continued to break ground on radio, with key national stations (BBC Radio 1, Absolute, 6 Music, Amazing, RTE 2FM & Radio Popolare) playing early singles such as "Shoulda Said Something".

Touring continued throughout this time, gaining supports for bands like Bloc Party (Scala, London) and Toploader, as well as doing their own shows at some of the top venues in cities like Amsterdam, Dublin, Munich, Toronto, Salzburg, Bratislava, Rome, Innsbruck and their hometown of Belfast.  Favourable coverage in national music press like Under The Radar and Hotpress followed, as well as sound track appearances for programmes on ESPN, Allisports and Sky Sports 1 Italia.

The second album is currently in production and will feature contributions from musicians including Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' Steve Ferrone, and provide the band's first music video, soon to be shot on the roof of Belfast's Europa Hotel.  Unquiet Nights always have, and always will be about the songs.

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“Chugs and roars along at a fair old pace, with aequal amounts of attitude and swagger.”
Pete Donaldson, Absolute Radio.

“Music of the highest, cloud-reaching calibre.  Actually quite beautiful.”
Aaron Phillips, Amazing Radio.

“A great rock track. Moody, but not one that revels in it – there’s a sense of urgency in there.  Bit of a journey, all told.”
Pete Donaldson, Absolute Radio.

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