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The Lizard Lounge
Cambridge, MA
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Saturday 1/17 - CD RELEASE PARTY!
with special guest
$7 advance / $10 at the door
8:30 doors / 9:15 show (Wishbone Zoe at 9:15 / Suitcase Junket at 10:15)

is Matt Lorenz's nationally touring, slide-guitar playing, throat-singing one-man-band.

"Remember the first time you heard the Suitcase Junket on the radiohis songwriting is extraordinaryThis is one of the most exciting records I've heard in years."
                         - Vin Scelsa of Idiot's Delight on WFUV and Sirius/XM

"Not everyone can pull off the one-man-band gambit without lapsing into schtick, but Amherst's Matt Lorenz has it all down to an art[]the songs are what you remember."  
-The Boston Globe

Matt Lorenz - a Vermont born musician, visual artist and tinkerer, is a professional showoff.  "I aim to write good songs and sing them honestly" says Lorenz.  He does that and more.  The Suitcase Junket's artistic vision is one of salvaged and repurposed objects, images and emotions.  His innovative junk-percussion constructions, original album art featuring inanimate objects with wings, and the high craft of his songwriting all combine to create a unique and engaging entity with a force and style all its own.  Lorenz's self-taught throat-singing adds a fascinating edge to the overall sound.  "I'm interested in the hidden voices that reside within things: the songs stuck inside instruments, the story behind the object, the mysterious weight of a word, the harmonic sequence that's in every note waiting to be broken as light through a prism."

Perpetually surrounded by an organized hurricane of strings, loops and samples of organic and inorganic origin, junk percussion and previously-used appliances, Wishbone Zoe is a new kind of sonic alchemist. For over three years she has traversed her native Pioneer Valley and the surrounding reaches of the North American Northeast with a looper pedal and a banjo, spinning devilishly dark tales and images of twisted carnivals and grinning moon creatures as well as honest distortion-driven rock songs casually throwing concerned glances at the not-so-okay in the world.

Whether fronting a rollicking three piece rock band or stacking vocal and percussion loops like pancakes by herself, Zoe has wheedled her way into the rich music scenes of Western MA, Cambridge and beyond, playing at some of the area's most well-known venues and sharing the stage with such local heroes as Heather Maloney and Carrie Ferguson and international luminaries such as Chic Gamine, Rushad Eggleston and Girl in a Coma. In recent times, she's humbly graced--often multiple times--some of the great stages and festivals in the Northeastern US including the Iron Horse Music Hall, Club Passim, Melodica Festival in New York, the North Quabbin Garlic/Arts Fest, and the Montague Bookmill.

Lorenz tours The Suitcase Junket nationally playing on festival stages and city street corners, in concert halls and dive bars, in living rooms and listening rooms.  The sound isn't easy to pin into a genre, but The Suitcase Junket is often likened to Tom Waits, The Black Keys and Andrew Bird.  Lorenz's songwriting is unexpected, powerful and poignant, drawing from the deep well of the American musical traditions of folk, rock, blues and storytelling, all sharpened with a keen pop sensibility. With masterful command over instruments of his own creation, he silences a room with the first notes of his throat singing and holds the crowd until the final chords of his guitar.  When he plays you get the sense that he is truly playing and that he'd be doing it just as joyfully with or without an audience.

Lorenz has released two albums as The Suitcase Junket Sever and Lift (2009) and Knock It Down (2011)  His third album Make Time is due out on January 6.  "The band" is built around a resurrected dumpster-diamond guitar, an old oversized suitcase, a hi-hat, a gas-can baby-shoe foot-drum, a cookpot-soupcan-tambourine foot-drum, a circular-saw-blade bell and a box of bones and silverware that operate much like a hi-hat.  He pounds out rhythms with his feet and his twang-and-buzz guitar growls through a couple of old tube amps.  On top of all this is the ethereal edge of his overtone throat-singing.  This act is unique and not to be missed.


"The Magic Matt Lorenz spins is potent stuff(he) has a knack for finding poetry in unlikely placesa listen to the music he creates reveals a deft touch and a heady knack for assembling sounds."     - The Valley Advocate

"All by himself he sounded like a full hobo band playing on a train racing rhythmically onward."   -Preview Magazine

"His songs have a sense of beauty about them and are delivered with such forceful sound you can't believe you aren't listening to a full band."  - Greenfield Recorder


The Lizard Lounge (View)
1667 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States


Music > Americana
Music > Experimental
Music > Rock
Music > Singer/Songwriter

Minimum Age: 21
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!


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