The Suitcase Junket

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  • The Suitcase Junket

    This show was on Jan 29th, 2015 | 77 people watched
    3 Comments
    • Jan 29
      So great!
    • Jan 29
      Amazing Performance !!
    • Jan 30
      Another amazing show from such an incredible musician. Can't wait for the next one!
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  • The Suitcase Junket

    This show was on Nov 25th, 2014 | 34 people watched
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    • Nov 26
      Great show from my favorite artist out there!
    • Nov 26
      Three stars only because of technical problems that interfered with an otherwise super performance by a talented and incredibly versatile artist.
    • Nov 26
      I really enjoyed the show last night. SJ was very interactive with his (non-visible) audience. I liked that he took song requests from us. The reason I gave it four stars instead of five is because of the technical difficulties we faced. Not sure why the connection was faulty that many times, but it did take away from the experience, for me anyway. I did enjoy the show and his vocals sounded amazing. I am looking forward to another show if another one is planned!
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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... more

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.

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