The Suitcase Junket

Between two full length, solo rock albums of 2017 and 2019, The Suitcase Junket [solo multi instrumentalist Matt Lorenz] releases a surprise May'18 EP, entitled Live With Others. 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.”

Tour Dates

08-21-2018Seattle, WATractor Tavern
08-22-2018Portland, ORMississippi Studios
08-23-2018Berkeley, CARedwood Grove Summer Concerts
08-24-2018Santa Cruz, CAThe Crepe Place
08-25-2018Santa Monica, CAMcCabe’s
09-14-2018Brownfield, MEStone Mountain Arts Center
09-16-2018Canton, MAFestival at The Farm
09-20-2018San Francisco, CAKC Turner House Concert Series
09-23-2018Bishop, CAMillpond Festival
09-24-2018Bishop, CAMillpond Festival
09-28-2018South Burlington, VTHigher Ground
09-29-2018Cazenovia, NYThe Nelson Odeon
09-30-2018New Haven, CTCafe Nine
10-02-2018Boston, MACity Winery-Boston
10-11-2018Hanover, NHSkinny Pancake - Hanover
10-12-2018Newburyport, MAFirehouse Center for the Arts
10-14-2018NY, NYRockwood Music Hall
10-17-2018Charlotte, NCThe Evening Muse
10-25-2018St. Louis, MOOff Broadway
10-26-2018Kansas City, MOKnucklehead Saloon
10-28-2018Hesston, KSPrairie Window Concert Series
11-06-2018St. Paul, MNThe Turf Club
11-07-2018Madison, WINorth Street Cabaret
11-09-2018Milwaukee, WITurner Hall
11-14-2018New Philadelphia, OHKent State Tuscarawas
11-16-2018Thomas, WVPurple Fiddle
11-17-2018Buckhannon, WVMcNemar House
11-18-2018Buckhannon, WVMcNemar House
01-09-2019Rosecrea, IELeap Castle
01-10-2019Cork, IECoughlan’s
01-11-2019Ballincollig, IEThe White Horse
01-15-2019Belfast, IEThe Black Box
01-16-2019Edinburgh, UKTraverse Theatre
01-21-2019Leicester, UKGuild Hall
01-23-2019Exeter, UKThe Phoenix
01-25-2019Mylor Cornwall, UKTremayne Hall
01-27-2019London, UKWalthamstow Folk