MATTHEW LOGAN VASQUEZ+ DAVID RAMIREZ

Delta Spirit frontman, Matthew Logan Vasquez announces his UK headline tour, preceded with four dates in the Netherlands, supporting both Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and Old Crow Medicine Show. MLV brings with him a 3 piece band made up with musicians Brendan Bond and Judson Johnson, fresh off tour in the US, showcasing a unique brand of rowdy, Waits influenced Americana.

The tour announcement follows the release of MLV’s debut solo album Does What He Wants. As fans of Delta Spirit and Vasquez’s work with Middle Brother, the band he formed with Deertick’s John McCauley and Dawe’s Taylor Goldsmith, know well, Vasquez knows how to fuse passion with poetry in his writing and then ignite the combination with his staggeringly expressive vocals. In new single ‘Same’, Vasquez develops this well-established Americana sound, and infuses it with flourishes of groove and gospel.

Throughout Does What He Wants, vivid stories are juxtaposed with retro textures, helping piece together a narrative of the constantly self-aware and restlessly creative individual that is Matthew Logan Vasquez. This is a genuinely personal record that tackles universally relatable frustrations and miseries of life; impatient landlords, lack of stability and financial woes, whilst managing to remain ever hopeful and positive throughout.

Matthew Logan Vasquez Links: Website | Facebook

Watch the video for ‘Red Fish’ below:


Plus support from DAVID RAMIREZ

We’re Not Going Anywhere: At a historical moment of immense political, social, and ecological uncertainty, those four simple words comprise both a promise and a protest, a comforting reassurance of inclusion as well as a hearty cry of defiance. It’s a statement that offers no small sense of hope, in that sense matching the music contained on the album.

On these vividly imagined and passionately performed songs David Ramirez takes in the world from his unique perspective: “Being half white and half Mexican has made this current political climate especially interesting.” The album that bears that title marks a departure for Ramirez, who builds on the rootsy sound of his early albums to create something new, something bold, something anchored in the here and now. Scouting out unexplored music territory, these songs bounce around energetically, toying with new ideas and experimenting with new sounds, as barbed-wire guitars and retro-futuristic synths grind against his anguished vocals and evocative lyrics.

David Ramirez Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Listen to ‘The Bad Days’ below: