Quick story. I like Matt The Electrician. I know I’m not the only one. But I really had no idea. At a cafe during last years SXSW conference I picked up an Austin Chronicle to plan my trip. It just so happened it was their annual local music award issue (Best Album, Best New Artist, etc etc). I hoped to see some of my Austin based friends in there like Sam Baker, Danny Schmidt, and Jess Klein, but I was shocked to see Matt The Electrician at the top of nearly every relevant category. He was nominated for Best Austin Musician, Best New Record, Best live Show, etc. etc. I know that shouldn’t change the way I feel about Matt and his music but it did. It made me appreciate him a little more, love his new record Animal Boy a little extra, and admire his beard growing skills that much more
Matt’s played the Songs:Illinois house concert before and when I tell anyone that he’s coming back inevitably I hear the same thing – “Great, I loved that guy!”. I feel the same way and am looking forward to Matt and his songs and his stories on Sunday, September 19. Doors will open at 7pm and music should start at 7:30pm. Please RSVP by emailing back yes to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll save you one of the comfy chairs. As always a donation will be accepted to pay the artists.
Here’s some recent press about Matt’s new cd Animal Boy:
“The disc is pure brilliance from the rich horns that open the first song— and you have to have cojones muy grande to open with a cover of Journey’s Faithfully and pull it off the way Matt does—right on through to the end. Matt somehow manages to consistently spin the equivalent of a multi-plot novel in four minutes or less, and he can rhyme and sing while he’s doing it. The imagery in his songwriting is nothing short of cinematic so that you find yourself in each song, interacting with the cast of characters that inhabit his tales: a naked valedictorian at graduation, an arrogant leash-loathing dog owner, giddy girls on bicycles in Osaka in the rain, an underpaid yet terribly kind Walmart employee saving the day, a truck driver peeing into a Gatorade bottle. In Animal Boy (the song) we get a spectacular view of a child looking back at some of the curious rules and choices offered by the grownups at dinnertime.” Austinist
“Matt The Electrician is one of a handful of brainy, somewhat quiet Central Texas singer-songwriters who write with considerable plainfolks wit, down-to-earth blue-collar common sense and smart-folks ideas. What emerges are songs like “Change the Subject” and “One Right Thing,” delivered somewhere between Paul Simon’s New Yorky folk-pop and Waits’s back-alley sandpaper growl. There’s just the right mix of vulnerability and strength, ennui and hope to make women want to take him home and mother him. The Electrician makes it earthy and ethereal, and that’s a hard trick to pull off.” Houston Chronicle
“Animal Boy” sounds like ex-working electrician Matt Sever and co-producer Mark Addison, who each also play about a dozen instruments, couldn’t wait to get into the studio every morning. They’ve made a big little record that gently, warmly takes the listener from a rainy night in Osaka, Japan, to the customer service department of Walmart. The album’s most representative instrument is the breezy “banjolele,” which tells its own story of a hillbilly buying a one-way ticket to a tropical paradise. It’s been a great couple of months for singer-songwriter albums in Austin, with Lee Barber, Bob Schneider, Robert Earl Keen and Sam Baker putting out music that sounds like it will last. Put “Animal Boy” in with that bunch, and give it a gold star if you’ll take Squeeze over Leonard Cohen every day of the week but Sunday.” Austin Music Source
Songs from Animal Boy (video “For Angela”)
We’re lucky to have Mike Behrends making the trip down from Madison as well that night. Mike is fresh out of college. He has just released his debut lp New Feet. I’ve written about his stuff over the last few years and have been excited by his progress. He’s known for his story based songs (like little novels dressed up as songs), his gifted musicianship (he plays nearly any/all stringed instrument) and his lanky appearance (I can relate to that!). I was truly enamored with his early demos and then a little EP he put out (which shipped inside a piece of flannel) and now his debut LP New Feet. There’s some nice press, interviews, and CD reviews here, here, and here.
Song from Mike Behrends’ New Feet:
Alright that’s my whole spiel, but needless to say I’m excited about this show. We should be in for a treat with good songs, great stories, interesting instruments (Matt sometimes plays a banjolele – a combination banjo and ukelele), nice eats, and plenty of beer and wine.