Matthew Hansen + Catch Prichard +TBD
WED · MAY 2, 2018
Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm
"Fearlessly navigating the borders of blues, rock, soul, funk, pop and 90's hip hop and R&B, Matthew Hansen defiantly eschews categorization of his music into a particular genre. Evocative and clever songwriting paired with explosive, guitar-laden melodies are perhaps the only two consistencies that one can pin to Hansen. His music reflects a stream of influences that he explores in able to continually redefine how he is represented inside popular music formats. Pairing that with visceral and dynamic singing and a truly spontaneous, 'all bets are off' performance style which sees Hansen effortlessly swing between a full band, a two-piece outfit a la The White Stripes or completely solo with his electric guitar, proves Hansen a truly captivating, in-your-face showman and performer. A Berkeley native and Oakland resident, Hansen has continued to master his self-proclaimed crafts of songwriting and guitar and consistently mesmerize Bay Area audiences with his electric live performances since 2005. He has had the good fortune to share the stage with local talents and friends such as Dave Rude of the band Tesla, Bay Area blues legend Tommy Castro and former Black Crows guitarist Marc Ford. Hansen lives by the notion that spontaneity and experimentation connect his message best with those watching and listening. While Hansen has thoughtfully and skillfully recorded singles that he has written, composed, mixed and mastered himself, he is an artist whose alchemy is best experienced live."
If there is one constant in the work of singer-songwriter Sawyer Gebauer, it is change. Moving to Sweden from Wisconsin at only 19, he formed and fronted the mercurial Brittsommar, a musical entity that took off in Europe with a rotating cast of musicians.
An avid traveler, Sawyer crossed the ocean between Europe and the U.S. 18 times within a handful of years. Eventually, he resettled on home soil and recorded the Mary Me EP (2015) at TRI Studios in San Rafael, California which would ultimately be Brittsommar's third and final album.
Meanwhile, an alternate course was unfolding, a path that necessitated letting go of an identity once embraced. Sawyer's new project, Catch Prichard, grew from deep roots in Americana. Citing Townes Van Zandt and Springsteen’s 1995 LP The Ghost of Tom Joad as major influences, Sawyer set out to record a collection of sweet and simple songs that exalt narrative as much as they do melody. The result is Eskota, a five-song EP resting somewhere between languid folk and forlorn country; Sawyer’s weighty baritone gliding over pedal steel and Moog like an oil slick on water.
Named after the Texas ghost town in which the album was recorded, the entirety of Eskota was laid down in one week within the walls of an abandoned, "grocery store, bank, or barber shop". In time, the space was reclaimed, the night came, and recording began. Eskota, like all of Sawyer's work, is a testament to change-but it is change that can be found closer to home.
Catch Prichard has since released two singles and set to release another EP this spring.
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