THE SUITCASE JUNKET
Between two full-length, solo rock albums of 2017 and 2019, The Suitcase Junket [solo multi-instrumentalist Matt Lorenz] released a surprise EP, Live With Others, in May 2018. The EP consists of six tracks recorded live in concert with special guests from the New England music scene, including Boston string band Twisted Pine, bluesman Tim Gearan, Kate Lorenz of Kate Lorenz and The Constellations, James Rohr and Mike Castellana of the Blue Ribbons, Isa Burke of Lula Wiles, and wildcard Barry Rothman who plays turntables and musical toys.
“Without any doubt you expect to hear the skeleton” are the first words to hit your ears and it’s a wild ride from there into the spaced-out, psychedelic slow jam of “Sandman,” which was improvised on the spot when performed, like most of the tracks on the EP, at Atwoods Tavern in Cambridge, MA. A fierce and punchy punk tune cranks up in the irreverent “New Undertaker,” which tells of a corpse falling in love with its mortician. Matt Lorenz, the human behind The Suitcase Junket, alleges that the chorus of this song was heard in a dream and woke him up laughing. “In My Name” was recorded at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, NY, and is the only track without other musicians sitting in, though Lorenz credits the crowd at Lena’s in the album notes, and they do shout out here and there between the growling slide guitar lines.
“Once I had folks up on stage for the song we had decided to do together,” says Lorenz, “I usually tried to keep them there to see what would happen. Being a one-man-band, I get pretty pumped on the energy of playing with other people, and the spontaneity of it made for some pretty interesting moments.” Tim Gearan brings his formidable blues chops to bear on the song “She Got” and it all wraps up with a spooky, laid-back version of “Spell on You” by Jay Hawkins, featuring Matt’s sister Kate Lorenz on vocals. “I’ve been playing more with other people lately and I wanted to get a little snapshot of these collaborations out into the world without a lot of fuss and fanfare. So here it is.”
JOHN DAVID & THE JERKS
John David & Jerks are a Minneapolis based, pond-hockey loving, indie rock/Americana band active since 2008. John David & the Jerks cultivate the great song writing process and are influenced by The Band, Neil Young and The Rolling Stones.
The Jerks have released two full length records, 2008 Present & Voluntary & 2010 Letters from America (recorded at The Pachyderm, Canon Falls, Minnesota). They have since released multiple singles and are releasing their 3rd full length album titled I Love You Means I’m Lucky on Friday, August 3rd, 2018. I Love You Means I’m Lucky will come out on sonaBLAST! Records (Louisville, Kentucky) and was recorded at the Pearl Recording Studio in NE Minneapolis along with drummer/producer Peter
Anderson of the Honeydogs.
Recent single “I’ll Die of Grief“ was featured on the “City Pages – Local Frames: 5 Must-See Minnesota Music Videos”, as well as Minnesota Public Radio The Current’s “Friday Five” top Minnesota Music Videos. Single “Every Little Road” was also featured on The Current’s “Friday Five” as well as Minnesota Public Radio’s Local Show on 89.3 The Current KCMP. The Jerks have also received regular support from Minneapolis based Fresh Air Radio KFAI.