The Suitcase Junket

The latest album from The Suitcase Junket, Mean Dog, Trampoline is populated by characters in various states of reverie: leaning on jukeboxes, loitering on dance floors, lying on the bottoms of empty swimming pools in the sun. Despite being deeply attuned to the chaos of the world, singer/songwriter/ multi instrumentalist Matt Lorenz imbues those moments with joyful wonder, an endless infatuation with lifeís most subtle mysteries. And as its songs alight on everything from Joan Jett to moonshine to runaway kites, Mean Dog, Trampoline makes an undeniable case for infinite curiosity as a potent antidote to jadedness and despair.

Produced by Steve Berlin (Jackie Greene, Rickie Lee Jones, Leo Kottke) of Los Lobos, Mean Dog, Trampoline marks a deliberate departure from the self recorded, homespun approach of The Suitcase Junketís previous efforts. In creating the album, Lorenz pulled from a fantastically patchwork sonic palette, shaping his songs with elements of jangly folk, fuzzed out blues, oddly textured psych rock. Engineered by Justin Pizzoferrato (Dinosaur Jr., Speedy Ortiz) and mixed by Vance Powell (Jack White, Houndmouth), Mean Dog, Trampoline rightly preserves The Suitcase Junketís unkempt vitality, but ultimately emerges as his most powerfully direct album so far.

Iíve been blessed in my career as a producer to have worked with some remarkable artists, but I have never worked with anyone quite like Matt Lorenz / The Suitcase Junket. Besides making the complexity of everything he does look effortless, heís a truly gifted singer and and amazing songwriter. We had a blast making this record and Iím anxious to share it with the world.

Steve Berlin

Tour Dates

03-02-2019Jacksonville, FLNortheast Florida Veg Fest
04-04-2019Portland, MEOne Longfellow Square
04-05-2019Cambridge, MAThe Sinclair
04-06-2019Turners Falls, MAShea Theater
04-07-2019Exeter, NHThe Word Barn
04-10-2019New Haven, CTCafe Nine
04-12-2019Saratoga Springs, NYCaffe Lena
04-13-2019Hudson, NYClub Helsinki
04-25-2019Charlotte, NCTuck Fest
04-26-2019Knoxville, TNThe Open Chord
04-27-2019Nashville, TNThe Basement Nashville
05-02-2019Baton Rouge, LARed Dragon Listening Room
05-08-2019Norfolk, VAToast
05-10-2019Arden, DEArden Concert Series
05-11-2019Pittsburgh, PAClub Cafe
05-12-2019Charleston, WVMountain Stage Radio
05-15-2019Carrboro, NCCat's Cradle-Back Room
05-18-2019Brevard, NCSongsmith Gathering
05-29-2019Seattle, WATractor Tavern
06-01-2019Santa Monica, CAMcCabeís
06-05-2019Thomas, WVPurple Fiddle
06-06-2019Worthington, OHNatalieís
06-07-2019Madison , INRiverRoots Music and Folk Arts Festival
06-08-2019Russell Township, OHLaureLive
06-09-2019Millheim, PAElk Creek Cafe + Aleworks
07-07-2019Orillia, ONMariposa Folk Festival
07-20-2019Jay, VTJeezum Crow Festival