THE SUITCASE JUNKET with RADIO SWAN
Tuesday 7/1 - PRE - RUSTY BELLE RESIDENCY SHOW with
THE SUITCASE JUNKET
with RADIO SWAN
$5 advance / $5 at the door
8:30 doors / 9:00 show
After flooring the audience at The Cambridge River Festival with his one man band via the junkyard set - Matt Lorenz proved he is force to be reckoned with. As one third of Rusty Belle, who takes over the Lizard carpets next week and every Tuesday thereafter for the month of July, tonight is Matt's night. Consider the Lizard an empty canvass to Matt the artist - Radio Swan a creative outlet for his every whim. You will not want to miss this show!
Matt Lorenz - a Vermont born tinkerer, visionary and thief - started The Suitcase Junket with the 2009 release of Sever and Lift. "The band" was built around a resurrected dumpster-diamond guitar, an old oversized suitcase, a hi-hat, a washboard and a gas-can baby-shoe foot-drum. Later on 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) joined the outfit.* On top of the rough and rootsy rhythms he pounds out with his feet and the twang-and-buzz guitar that growls through a couple of old tube amps, he adds an ethereal edge with his self-taught throat-singing. This sound is the most disarming aspect of his music, especially in a live setting. You can watch people tilt their heads and whisper to their neighbors about how "He's got something in his mouth" or "That's some pedal or effect, I bet." However, once he explains what he's doing and how it's done the sound is no less magical. "He [sings] in a gnarled, bluesy drawl" (-Portland Press Herald) that can rise to a lonely tenor or growl down to stone.
Beyond the nuts and bolts of how one person can sound like a full band, his songwriting is shockingly strong. He does not hide his words or thoughts beneath the clatter and churn of his admittedly impressive noise-making, but instead uses the force of his sounds to strengthen the content of his poetry. Lorenz does not rely upon one style or form - the songs are original and diverse and include stories, vignettes, unanswerable questions, inanimate objects falling in love and, of course, human hearts. (Broken and whole.)
The sound is not easy to pin down or define, but he is often compared to Tom Waits, The Black Keys, Andrew Bird and Jack White. His second album Knock It Down is a raw and gritty continuation of his original vision and like Sever and Lift is recorded, for the most part, live with no overdubs.
His third album Make Time will be coming out in September and he is currently raising funds for its release using the crowdfunding website IndieGoGo. This music is unexpected, raw, powerful and poignant. He destroys expectation and convention while remaining fully steeped in the American traditions of storytelling, song, creativity and invention.
The Lizard Lounge (View)
1667 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138
|Minimum Age: 21|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|