Four Minute Symphonies is out! So is Vaporwave! So now what?
To some extent, more of the same. Still booking and playing shows. Still trying to disseminate the music via as many outlets as possible.
But ideally, the next step will be making new music! The Dudes and I debuted a new song at our last show called "The Other Side." Cody Valentine of allthebestkids guest starred with us and it was truly awesome.
in other news, today Chunky Glasses featured the track "We Were Here" on their podcast. Host Kevin Hill called it, "power pop [with] a little 90s edge to it, but ultimately a satisfying sunny hit of rock and roll... As we roll into summer, this is a f*cking good summer song."
What an eventful day! Earlier this morning, local blog/podcast, Hometown Sounds, both premiered the second single off my forthcoming EP ("Getting Over You") and featured it in that day's podcast! Here's what they had to say about me and the new track in the premiere post:
Maryjo Mattea has the charisma and the songwriting chops to rise above lesser singers and develop a substantial following. The garage-rock formula from her previous band Two Dragons And A Cheetah worked because of Maryjo’s captivating stage presence, and clearly none of the bro’s in her new outfit Maryjo Mattea & A Pile of Dudes are going to take away from that. Her solo EP Four Minute Symphonies comes out on April 28th with a release show at Songbyrd featuring Uptown Boys Choir and Party Like It’s, and Hometown Sounds is all atingle to premiere the second single from it. Unlike the first single, the catchy power-pop number “Rocket Science”, “Getting Over You” starts out as a classic torch song before ramping up the drums and slide guitar courtesy of blues rocker Jonny Grave. RSVP here to see Maryjo and her guitar summit the biggest pile of dudes in the city.
Such high praise! I'm truly flattered! The podcast was pretty fun to listen to as well. Laughs were had about the name of my band (one host didn't realize "Pile of Dudes" was the actual title of a band and not just a group of guys who play with me), and they also promoted the release show at Songbyrd on April 28th, so I was beyond ecstatic.
For the time being, Hometown Sounds is the only place to listen to the track until the official release next week. Enjoy!
"Maryjo Mattea? Isn't she in like [insert large number here] bands?" is a running joke here in Washington, DC, but not one that I find even slightly offensive. Quite the contrary, I love music. I love making music. I love making different kinds of music with different people. I count myself lucky to be in a position to indulge these predilections. People often ask me how I manage to make time for all these musical exploits on top of having a fairly demanding day job and my answer is always: "People will make time for the things they want to make time for." If it's important to you, you'll make it happen.
This past weekend, Joel Wu was in town and he and I gave an impromptu performance at a house party in Shaw. By "performance" I mean we played three songs, but even that was impressive in my opinion given that it's been six months since I played those songs and since Joel has even been behind a drum kit! It felt so good to "do" Two Dragons and a Cheetah again and reminded me that if/when Joel returns for real, that'll be four acts I'll need to actively maintain, but I wouldn't have it any other way.
Color Palette takes off on our first "tour" next week. We'll be in Philadelphia on April 14th and New York City on April 15th, and we've got a show the next night back in here DC on April 16th. We've had all sorts of great news lately. Last weekend we got a call that the opening band for The Naked and Famous show at the Rock and Roll Hotel got stuck at Customs and we were asked to fill in. Magically, all five of us were available and as a result we got to play to a sold out crowd! Today we also had a really great review on Community Digital News from our last DC9 show.
I'm also incredibly excited to finally release a new EP entitled Four Minute Symphonies and play alongside Party Like It's... and Uptown Boys Choir at the release show on April 28th at Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe!
None of my musical endeavors is in competition with another. I don't favor one over another. They all are equally important parts of my musical life, hell, my life in general! So each time I hear that "Isn't she in like 40 bands?" joke, I actually smile and think to myself, "I sure am."
My oh my have I got a weekend in store for me...
This weekend I'll be playing three shows in three days with three different bands. First off is a show with my Beatles tribute band, Doctor Robert and Penny Lane, at Roofers Union. Saturday night, March 26th, the Dudes and I will be playing at the Petworth burger bar, Slash Run, along with a band on tour from Philadelphia called Mike Pays Heat. To wrap it all up, I'll be doing a stripped down Color Palette set with just me and Jay at a house show in Petworth. I'm actually pretty excited about that because we'll get to present the songs in a new way. I think I'm going to need a bit of a break next week to recover. (I have a day job on top of all of these musical escapades!) The break won't last long though, because April 1st is another house show with Color Palette, this time in Shaw.
I'll have a show poster for my EP release concert soon. Can't wait to share that with you. Until then, Happy Tuesday!
This Saturday will be my first show with my new backing band, Pile of Dudes! We are playing at Acre 121 alongside pop-punk trio, Ménage À Garage, and newcomer alt-funk band, Multi-Pass. I play music all the time, but first times are always a little nerve wracking. I'm also busy planning for the release of my second EP, Four Minute Symphonies. A few weeks ago, I released the first single, "Rocket Science," via my Soundcloud page.
Meanwhile, I'm still gigging about once a month with Doctor Robert and Penny Lane and pretty frequently these days with Color Palette. Don't forget, you can keep track of all of these gigs on the "Shows" page on this web site!
Happy Leap Year! Today's the day! Today I'm releasing a single off my forthcoming EP, Four Minute Symphonies. You can stream it on my Soundcloud page and will eventually be able to purchase it (along with the full EP) on my Bandcamp page. For those of you who got to know me via Two Dragons and a Cheetah, you're in for a surprise. Far less fuzz pedal, far more pop, but hopefully just as much fun. Comment on the Soundcloud page with your thoughts! And stay tuned for details on the release date and accompanying show!
Today I got confirmation for my very first show with the Dudes! We'll be at Acre 121 with punk trio, Ménage À Garage, and newcomers, Multi-Pass on the last day of winter, Saturday, March 19th! In honor of our first show as a group, I have added a new page to this web site to introduce you to the dudes who will help make the music happen. I think you'll be very excited to hear full band renditions of some of the songs I've been playing solo acoustic these past couple of months.
And one more thing. Keep your eyes and ears open this coming Monday, February 29th (Leap Year Day!) for the release of the first single off the new EP!
Today I released the album art for my forthcoming EP, Four Minute Symphonies on Twitter and Facebook. I've been working on this project for quite a while now. The title track, in fact, was written in 2008 and the EP was recorded during the summer of 2014. So why am I only just now getting around to sharing it with the world? Well, I didn't really have a band with which to play the songs back then, so it didn't seem like a good move to share something I couldn't perform. (You'll know straight away why they weren't right for Two Dragons and a Cheetah when you hear them.) Now with 2D&C on hiatus, I've got more bandwidth and consequently, a new band with which to play this music. While that band rehearses and prepares for prime time, I've still got plenty of shows with my Beatles tribute band, Doctor Robert and Penny Lane, as well as with Color Palette, a local electronic pop-rock act with which I've started singing. Don't worry, though. This is certainly not the last you'll be hearing about Four Minute Symphonies or the new group...
Sunday night was such a blast! I got to sing harmonies/backing vocals with one of my favorite local groups, Color Palette, at one of my favorite local venues, the Rock and Roll Hotel. I suppose I did okay because they asked me to join them for a few more of their upcoming gigs, the first of which will be at Metro Gallery in Baltimore on January 29th, which means I'll now be performing three nights in a row, all in different bands! The day before this show (January 28th) I'll be with Doctor Robert and Penny Lane at a Best of Classic Albums show at IOTA in Arlington and then the day after (January 30th) I'll be reprising my Alanis Morissette tribute at Jammin Java in Vienna at a Back to the 90s show. Then on the 31st, I'm hopping on a plane to South Carolina for my day job and back at it with Doctor Robert and Penny Lane at Roofers Union upon my return! #cantstopwontstop
Looks like I'll be doing something I haven't done in a really long time tomorrow night: playing a show as a solo act. I was just asked to join a really cool bill at IOTA Club and Cafe in Arlington, VA Saturday, January 16th. Is it weird that I'm actually a little nervous?! I suppose I can preview some of the songs on my forthcoming EP and also share some of the newer stuff I've been working on. Never a dull moment!