CHAZ BUNDICK MEETS THE MATTSON 2 SHARE NEW TRACK "DISCO KID"
STAR STUFF ALBUM OUT MARCH 31 ON COMPANY RECORDS
ON TOUR THIS SPRING
Photo credit: Lucky Banks-Kenny
A month out from the release of their collaborative album Star Stuff, Chaz Bundick Meets The Mattson 2 have released a new song, the sprawling instrumental track "Disco Kid." The trio shared "Disco Kid" with i-D, who also spoke with Chaz about his ambitions, phobias, and what he would look like if he was an alien.
is due out March 31 on Company Records. Pre-orders, available now via
Chaz Bundick Meets The Mattson 2's spring tour kicks off next month; tickets are on sale now.
Chaz Bundick Meets The Mattson 2 Spring 2017 Tour
* w/ Madeline Kenney
4/12: New Brookland Tavern - West Columbia, SC*
4/13: Duke Coffeehouse - Durham, NC*
4/14: U Street Music Hall - Washington, DC*
4/15: Johnny Brenda's - Philadelphia, PA*
4/16: Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY*
4/18: Once Ballroom - Somerville, MA*
4/19: Bar Le Ritz PDB - Montreal, QC*
4/20: Canadian Music Week - Toronto, ON
4/21: The Loving Touch - Ferndale, MI*
4/22: Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL*
4/23: Triple Rock Social Club - Minneapolis, MN*
Praise for Chaz Bundick Meets The Mattson 2:
"Guitars so pleasantly old that they conjure up images of big boxy televisions and floral prints. There are shades of Buffalo Springfield and 13th Floor Elevators in Bundick and Jared Mattson's hypnotic chords, and an overwhelming feeling of angsty glee..." - Pitchfork (on "JBS")
"'Star Stuff' is a neo-psychedelic that bullishly fills its space with heady guitar lines and Bundick's always cosmic vocals." - The Fader
"A bluesy piece of psych-jazz, laid back and mellow like that feeling one gets after returning home from a long, joyful trip." - Consequence of Sound (on "JBS")
"One of those rare psych songs that can pull off the orchestral additions without coming across as over-indulgent; rather, the cinematic flourishes are an extension of his band's rudimental potency." - Fact (on "Star Stuff")
"Somewhere between a George Benson and an Al Green, Bundick's voice comes in with a hushed, wide-eyed presence, gently breaking through the mix with clarity before diving back into a knotted mess of runny solos." - Spin
Given the state of modern music and its fabricated pop icons, what Chaz Bundick Meets The Mattson 2 achieves is a collective music victory in a new era of progressive soundscapes. World-renowned composer/producer extraordinaire Chaz Bundick (Toro Y Moi, Les Sins) has teamed up with the psychedelic-jazz grooves of The Mattson 2 for an album that unifies a trio's creativity into a refreshing project of unhinged sonic originality.
Oddly enough, this collaboration may not have happened if The Mattson 2 hadn't forgotten a drum throne at an Oakland performance in 2014. The twin's longtime friend and photographer, Andrew Paynter, came to the rescue and called his friend Chaz to ask about borrowing the throne. Jonathan, the Mattson drummer (who'd also never met Chaz), accompanied Andrew to Chaz's home in Berkeley where they were greeted by Chaz with a warm smile, a drum stool in hand, and Michael, Chaz's dog (which his Les Sins record Michael is named after).
The next day Andrew and the twins met Chaz at a cafe in Berkeley to return the gear. Over coffee they waxed about music, design, furniture, and skateboarding. After a series of hangs with Chaz in the Bay Area, the crew decided to join forces and schedule studio time for their newfound trio. And the rest, as they say, is intergalactic, mega-creative history.
In February of 2016 the relationship was officially christened the night they finished tracking their new record. And to tie the knot with flare, they scheduled a secret show at the Battery and a historical public show at the Starline Social Club in Oakland, where the trio performed all new music from the project for the first time live.
The group and the album, Chaz Bundick Meets Mattson 2, explores psychedelic, jazz, and improvisatory influences ranging from Afrofuturistic Sun Ra, to electric Miles Davis, to groove-fueled Serge Gainsbourg and The Zombies. Grounding the album are break-beats, synthesizers, acoustic strums, and guitar fuzz reminiscent of David Axelrod and Arthur Verocai. With cosmic structures, timeless influences, rich harmonies, and melodic interplays, the trio brings an intergalactic edge to both their live shows and an album worthy of repeated visits.