Matthew Logan Vasquez (Delta Spirit) – Tickets – The Casbah – San Diego – San Diego, CA – May 18th, 2017

Matthew Logan Vasquez (Delta Spirit)

Casbah presents

Matthew Logan Vasquez (Delta Spirit)

Thu, May 18, 2017

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:30 pm

The Casbah - San Diego

San Diego, CA

$15.00 - $17.00

This event is 21 and over

Matthew Logan Vasquez (Delta Spirit)
Matthew Logan Vasquez (Delta Spirit)
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
land
lords, 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
“Fatherhood” 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 igni
te this volatile mix with extraordinarily expressive singing. In this sense he
stands as a peer and a worthy successor to those who influenced him as an up
-
and
-
coming artist

Neil Young, Kurt Cobain, Pink Floyd, Lou Reed and others often
mentioned, none o
f them known for their upbeat, sunny lyrics.
“My point is that life is a struggle,” Vasquez continues. “But how can you have optimism
and hope if you don’t have something negative? Context is what makes it meaningful.”
For Vasquez, context involves drawi
ng from dramatically different settings. Growing up
in Austin Texas and along the California coast, hunkering down for years in Brooklyn as
he finessed his music in a more pressurized urban context and then heading back to
Austin to put all the pieces toge
ther, he took note of the differences and similarities
these places offered. During much of that time he channeled his experiences into Delta
Spirit, whose albums inspired critics to laud the band as “restless and defiant” (
Paste
),
its music infused by “wa
ves of measured ferocity” (
Uncut
) and “significant depth”
(
Austin Chronicle
).
To keep his path clear and work on his own terms, Vasquez built a studio in his home for
this past year

a trailer parked about an hour west of Austin. Here, in Texas Hill
Coun
try, surrounded by evergreen oak trees, he wrote and recorded basic tracks and
then brought in singer Kam Franklin from The Suffers, Shakey Graves drummer
Christopher Booshada and Jud Johnson of A. Sinclair to add parts as needed. For backup
vocals and str
ing parts, he worked long
-
distance via sound files with the Parkington
Sisters, who he performed with during a Middle Brother set at last year’s Newport Folk
Festival. “They performed a miracle, giving me a 3
-
D depth that makes the tracks they
appear on ju
mp out of the speakers,” he insists.
In final form,
Does What He Wants
is like a hall of mirrors, each capturing a different
image of one self
-
aware and restlessly creative individual. This music is diverse yet
unified, which of course was a priority for
its author.
And, in the end, it turns out to feel pretty optimistic after all

a perfect statement for
these times and possibly for some
Venue Information:
The Casbah - San Diego
2501 Kettner Blvd.
San Diego, CA, 92101
http://www.casbahmusic.com