Meet the Band

This is the weird that comes from someone with a tuned-in brain that sidesteps the obvious and makes terrifically melodic and dense studies in idiosyncratic lives. It’s the weird that you get when you’re at peace with your weirdness, not the kind you get if you’re completely unaware that there’s anything at all odd about you.
— Sean Moeller, Daytrotter
 
 
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Your Matthew And The Arrogant Sea is..

 

Matthew Gray
Acoustic Guitar / Words / Lead Vocals

Alexander Hughes
Drums / Percussion / Pan Flute extraordinaire

Tony Whitlock
Lead Guitar / Ladies Man

Blake Vickrey
Bass Guitar / Harmonicas 

Christopher James
Guitar / Keys / Vocals / etc.

Brent Buemi

Clarinet

Photo By StephIAM

 

Origins

Matthew And The Arrogant Sea (MATAS) is an alt-folk/psychedelic pop act from Denton, TX. The band has received numerous accolades and notable press from around the globe since its inception in the early 2000s. Heralded with praise from outlets such as Daytrotter, NME, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Stereogum, Good Morning Texas, and NPR, alongside the exuberant praise from their national debut, "Family, Family, Family, Meets the Magic Christian", in 2008—named one of the best records to be released in North Texas in the last decade. With the band's latest endeavor "The Glooms, Pt. 1", MATAS takes a darker turn into newer and dreamier territories while maintaining (and improving upon) the sounds they had originally sought out with the 2008 release. Founder and frontman Matthew Gray is accompanied by Alexander Hughes (drums), Blake Vickrey (bass), Tony Whitlock (lead guitar), and Christopher James (rhythm guitar), who together form a wildly dynamic and deeply magical group capable of making the darkest of stories into beautiful ballads. With noteworthy players who accompany the band on occasion—clarinet, flute, sax, trumpet, vocals, keys—each and every show is a unique experience...an astral treat for your ears, if you will.