Matt Lorenz, the Northampton, Mass.-based indie-blues singer-songwriter who performs under the name The Suitcase Junket, bring his box of creative tricks to Club Helsinki Hudson on Friday, October 21, at 9pm. The Dupont Brothers, a sibling indie-folk-Americana duo, will warm up the crowd for the Suitcase Junket.
A one-man salvage specialist singing into the hollow of a dumpster guitar, railing on a box of twisted forks and bones, and belting out mountain ballads till the house sings back, Matt Lorenz aka the Suitcase Junket should appeal to fans of Tom Waits and White Stripes alike.
Matt Lorenz was raised in Cavendish, Vt., the son of teachers. He learned to sing by copying his sister Kate. (The siblings are two-thirds of the touring trio Rusty Belle.) Lorenz graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass., in 2004, having taught himself to throat-sing thanks to a South Indian cooking class. On moving day, he pulled his guitar, filled with mold and worse for wear, from a dorm Dumpster. He fixed it up and started pulling songs out of it. That was the beginning.
The Suitcase Junket is filling rooms and drawing festival crowds all over his native New England and beyond, from Signal Kitchen near the Canadian border to Wisconsin’s Mile of Music Festival, from Ireland’s pubs to Mountain Jam in the Catskills, from opening nights for Lake Street Dive and Charlie Musselwhite to Mountain Stage in West Virginia. He caught the attention of National Public Radio, which chose his video session for “Earth Apple” from his 2015 album “Make Time” as one of the year’s favorite sessions. Go here to see the official music video for the song.
As one critic aptly summed up, “The Suitcase Junket is a lo-fi, low-tuned, low-down blast of end-times folk blues. It’s crude; it’s magnificent…. one man band leader Matt Lorenz incants and intones like a cross between Hound Dog Taylor and a Tuvan throat singer who has swallowed a bird. Take the singer-songwriter idiom, give it a low grade fever and a guitar, and this is what you get. Captivating, mesmerizing, and gone … real gone” (Rochester Times).
As NPR said, “With 1950s amps and his guitar salvaged from a Dumpster – plus an old oversize suitcase he plays with his heel as a bass drum, a baby shoe (his baby shoe) hitting a gas can, a cooking pot, a circular saw blade, and a box of bones and silverware for added percussion – Lorenz creates a sound like no other. All that, and he writes clever, memorable songs, too.”
Zack and Sam DuPont are a Burlington, Vt.-based, sibling indie-folk-Americana duo. Since the start of the band in March 2013, the brothers have toured heavily in a fully independent pursuit to get their songs to as many ears as possible. Versatile songwriting modes, blood harmonies, and finger-style guitar arrangements have opened doors to support a wide variety of national acts including Grace Potter, Sturgill Simpson, Bahamas, Jerry Douglas, Langhorne Slim, Blake Mills, Howie Day, The Lone Bellow, Ben Sollee, Horse Feathers, Chris Eldridge and Julian Lage.
The brothers described their sound to an interviewer thusly: “Our sound is much more independent folk music,” Zack said. “We’re much more folk, certainly more similar to Simon and Garfunkel than Steve Earle. But we do have a little bit of Americana, but there isn’t too much twang…. If Gillian Welch and David Rawlings had a baby with Sufjan Stevens and Sun Kil Moon, it would sound like us,” he said. “That’d be a weird baby,” Sam answered.
Click here to see the brothers perform “The Positives of Ten Degrees,” from the new album, “Live at Beehive Productions,” in a very organic arrangement with gorgeous harmonies and violin and string bass accompaniment.
Check out the brotherly duo performing “Something to Write About” here.
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