Matthieu Hartley

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Matthieu Hartley
Born (1960-02-04) 4 February 1960 (age 58)
Smallfield, England
GenresPunk rock, post-punk, gothic rock, alternative rock
Occupation(s)Musician
InstrumentsKeyboards, piano, synthesizer, drum machine, guitar, bass guitar
Years active1979–1983
Associated actsLockjaw (1977–1978)
The Magazine Spies (1978–1979)
The Cure (1979–1980)
Fools Dance (1983)
Websitewww.thecure.com

Matthieu Hartley (born 4 February 1960) is an English musician born in Smallfield, England. He was the original keyboardist for the Cure, but previously he and Simon Gallup were involved in two other bands called Lockjaw and the Magspies (a.k.a. the Magazine Spies).

When Hartley and Gallup first joined the Cure, they helped drive the band in an entirely new direction with the recording of their second album, Seventeen Seconds, a much darker album than their debut, Three Imaginary Boys. Hartley was also a keyboard player for the Cult Hero project. After a lengthy world tour to support Seventeen Seconds, he departed the band due to a difference of opinion with the other three members. Since leaving the Cure, he has played with different local bands, including Fools Dance in their early stages, as well as many newer small bands in Brighton including the Icicle Thieves, and currently, power pop band the Speak.[1]

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