Matt The Electrician + The Deer

Presented by Austin Eastciders & brought to you by The Bluegrass Situation

Matt The Electrician + The Deer

Sat · June 10, 2017

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

Advanced $20.00 // Day of Show $25.00

This event is all ages

*There is a $3.00 fee that is added to every ticket purchased at our Box Office. This includes Day of Show pricing.

Matt The Electrician
Matt The Electrician
Despite the name, Matt the Electrician is no longer an electrician, focusing instead on a music career that has spanned the course of two decades, a dozen records, and literally thousands of shows. It's folk music for a modern age, rooted in lyrics that focus on the realities and challenges of the 21st century as opposed to, say, the old-school thrill of hopping trains.

“I tend to write about things that have happened to my family and I. Songs about the small things in life, which, to me, are really the big things.”

With his newest project, Matt gets by with a little help from his friends. Starting in the Fall of 2015 and culminating in the Summer of 2017, he's focusing on a string of 7-inch vinyl singles. Every new release will focus on collaborations with different artists who've crossed Matt's path over the years, including the bluegrass band Wood & Wire (who appear on the very first installment of the vinyl series), experimental solo musician Little Brave, Dana Falconberry, Wilson Marks, Paul Curreri & Devon Sproule, and finishing with Austin’s own, The Deer. Rather than record an entire album's worth of material, then carefully plot the album's release for months, Matt the Election will release the 7-inch records as they're finished, with each new release following its predecessor by three or four months. The goal? To get new music to his fans as quickly — and creatively — as possible. The icing on the cake? Matt gets to extend the collaborative spirit that's been present in his music ever since his very first gig in Pacific Grove, CA, when he invited his high school classmates to join him onstage.

"The coffee shop paid me in tips, free coffee and a sandwich," he remembers of that teenaged gig. "I had to fill three hours, and I only had two songs, so I invited all the friends I knew — kids from the school orchestra, friends, other kids who had started writing songs — and the show wound up being 'Matt and Friends.' That was 25 years ago…and that's what I'm still doing."

Years before moving to Texas and launching his career as a boundary-breaking, working-class folk musician, Matt Sever grew up on the West Coast. His parents, a union carpenter and a seamstress, played John Denver and Pete Seeger songs on the family record player, and Matt spent his earliest years surrounded by the things that would later fill his own music: acoustic guitars, timeless melodies, lyrics that celebrated the joys and heartaches of everyday life, and — above all else — a strong work ethic.

That work ethic served him well in the mid-1990s, when he moved to Austin in search of new horizons and better opportunities. Matt was already playing music by then, and in need of a steady day job to help pay the bills, he began working as an electrician, spending his days wiring houses in the sweltering Texas heat. Once quitting time came, he'd grab his guitar and drive himself to an evening show, usually taking the stage in his work boots and sweaty clothes. "Hi; I'm Matt the Electrician," he'd tell the crowd, hoping his occupation would help explain his appearance. The name stuck, even after his growing fanbase at home — as well as abroad, where he's since become a frequently-booked musician throughout Japan and Europe — allowed him to hang up his pliers for good.
The Deer
The Deer
Described as transcendental Texas folk and stargaze surf-western, The Deer create psychotropic soundscapes and tranquil, vivid dream-pop. They are at once lyrical and experiential, magnetic and evocative. The group formed in 2012 while recording solo work by singer/songwriter Grace Park (The Blue Hit), and soon developed into a collaboratively-composed project named for an animal symbol of protective guidance, The Deer. Park's voice and lyrical presence are captivating, upright bassist Jesse Dalton (MilkDrive) has a songwriting mouth of a saint and a devil, lead guitarist Michael McLeod (Good Field, Richard Linklater film composer) expertly captains sound production, drummer Alan Eckert sings with soulful rhythm and finesse. Shortly after recording their upcoming album, fiddle/mandolin/guitar player Noah Jeffries (MilkDrive, South Austin Jug Band), joined the group. The Deer have created a dynamic collection of songs ranging between the blissful and euphoric to the dark and the dangerous.They debuted with the album An Argument for Observation (2013) under the band name Grace Park & The Deer.

As they grew more collaborative, they made the transition to simply The Deer and released their second album under that name in early 2015. On the Essence of the Indomitable Spirit is dedicated to the memory of their late friend and bandmate, Stephanie Bledsoe. Their third album, Tempest & Rapture, was released in 2016. It’s half Southern Gothic surf-country and half psychedelic dreampop. Their sound is richly-layered, lyric-driven, lush, and expressive.They’ve played Austin’s historical Moody Theater and the Legendary Stubb's, as well as festivals like SXSW, Art Outside, and Utopiafest. Members have shared the stage with The Head & The Heart, The Lumineers, Alejandro Escovedo, Peter Rowan, Tim O’Brien, and Dana Falconberry. With rotating guest multi-instrumentalists such as Roger Sellers (Bayonne) and Dennis Ludiker (Asleep at the Wheel), they move fluidly between genres and activate the imagination.
Venue Information:
3TEN Austin City Limits Live
310 Willie Nelson Blvd, Suite 1A
Austin, TX, 78701