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."