Matthew Logan Vasquez of Delta Spirit with Juanita Stein at Bootleg Theater – Bar Stage
Matthew Logan Vasquez
Matthew Logan Vasquez is feeling optimistic. That’s not necessarily apparent the first time you spin his new full-length solo album. Each track on Matthew Logan Does What He Wants feels urgent and intense. Impatient landlords, financial woes and other frustrations fan the agitation embedded in the opening track, ͞Same.͟ Isolation darkens the brooding images of ͞From Behind The Glass.͟ Death takes a bow on ͞The Fighter.͟ Vasquez can’t help but juxtapose the celebration of ͞Fatherhood͟ with a lament that ͞we ain’t got the money to pay the hospital.͟The music enhances this impression. As fans of his work with Delta Spirit and Middle Brother know well, Vasquez knows how to fuse passion and poetry in his writing and then ignite this volatile mix with extraordinarily expressive singing.
She’s seen the world Americanize, gentrify and divide like a broken heart during a decade of touring the globe with her band Howling Bells, now Juanita Stein returns with her first solo collection of songs about a pre-apocalyptic America. This isn’t the America of goofy teen movies, Twinkies and Trump, no Mam. It’s that shattered dreamland Hunter S. Thompson went looking for… It’s somewhere beyond the pines, at a crossroads where Badlands met Paris, Texas. A dustball in a once great land, reimagined whilst daydreaming about the plains filtered through the dirt on the tour bus window during laps of the US of A with The Killers and Coldplay. These are songs from a dark-hearted country, where the lights of Nashville twinkle in the distance as the siren song leads you into the eternal night…