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The Suitcase Junket

April 18, 2017 @ 8:00 pm


From the salvaged sounds of American juke joints, back porches, honky-tonks, and rock clubs, The Suitcase Junket conjures an entirely new sound.

The Suitcase Junket is Matt Lorenz: artist, tinkerer, swamp yankee, one-man band. His is the road-worn voice rising over the grind of a tube-amped dumpster guitar, with wild double pitches of throat singing.

From The Suitcase Junket’s penchant for thrift and ingenuity comes “Pile Driver”, Lorenz’s full-length debut album at Signature Sounds, consisting of original rock anthems, mountain ballads, blues manifestos, and dance hall festivity, all played on instruments built of broken bottles, twisted forks, dried bones, gas cans, shoes, saw blades, a toy keyboard, and an overhead-compartment’s worth of luggage.

“Not everyone can pull off the one-man-band gambit without lapsing into shtick, but Amherst’s Matt Lorenz has it all down to an art…The songs are what you remember.” The Boston Globe

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