The Welcome Matt 2017

After a successful 3 year foray into modern dance composition complete with live performances in such venues as the Green Music Center, Sonoma States Person Theater ,The Cowell at Fort Mason and wide array of groovy modern pop singles as Matt EL, MATT LANGLOIS returns to his more indie rock flavors with THE WELCOME MATT. His long running music project since 2000.

The still standing and still local songwriter comes back fully inspired by current events with “MORE EMPIRE DAYS” Part sequel part reimagining of 2004ʼs Bush era “Empire Days” which spawned international attention with (Wake Me Up) In san Francisco and literally 100ʼs of hilarious Youtube tourist videos featuring the song.

Criss crossing between story teller and observer of modern day San Francisco. A city under major transition and his own setting for over 23 years he playfully tackles gentrification in the up beat and catchy “Boutique City” and “MyTown”. He jumps to gun violence in the soft spoken “No Enemies” and the killing of African Americans by police in an infectious reggae mood of “The Latest One To Go”. A blue collar wakes up to reality in “Apathy”. A woman escapes the clutches of a narcissist in “Feel Something” A Drone Pilot is riddled with guilt in a bluesy off kilter Captain Beefheart inspired (or perhaps Tom Waits ?) “Drone Pilot Blues”. In “More Empire Days” the title track Langlois comes off as an American Damon Albarn inside a haunting piano ballad listing the ways empire has fractured our society accompanied with a fractured (yet melodic) piano arrangement. And though he doesnʼt mention the man himself in “The Man In The Golden Tower “ with the description of a James Bond type villain I wouldnʼt be surprised if he wasnʼt inspired by the new commander in chief.

All in all a strand of hope somehow permeates the serious topics and also the music.

Drummer Mike Stevens and Jeff Symondʼs who doubles on bass and keyboards duty are relatively new in The Welcome Matts long history but jump onto these tracks like theyʼre in their first college band rife with enthusiasm in order to keep Langloisʼs ray of positivity afloat in a world of frustration.    Fred Tynan "Indiemusic.com"

Matt Langlois

Matt has found the secret to truly personable songwriting. Evoking the Beatles circa Rubber Soul with a little Ray Davies and a little Cake as he drifts somewhere between Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and Bob Dylan, mastering a sense of expert lyrical spacing and rasping dreamy opinion.” Indiemusic.com

 

MATT LANGLOIS aka Matt EL and The Welcome Matt, originally from New England turned longtime San Francisco resident has released seven CD’s and two with the Bay Area music project HEY BRONTOSAURUS. In 2012 he released his first compilation THE PANHANDLE YEARS featuring some of the best WELCOME MATT songs over the last decade, including the single “KARMA”. From 2009 to 2011 his musical brain child, MEMBERS OF SOUND, produced a song a month for 2 years, collaborating with many Bay Area musicians and an array of producers who have worked with artists such as, FOUR NON-BLONDS, DAN THE AUTOMATOR, TRAIN, THE COUNTING CROWS, FOSTER THE PEOPLE and GALACTIC. The Welcome Matt song “WAKE ME UP IN SAN FRANCISCO” has been featured on KFOG 104.5 and played at San Francisco Giants games in SBC Park. Another MEMBERS OF SOUND song “THAT I CAN DO “ made it’s way onto KFOG’s 2011 Music in Schools summer sampler, written and performed with local dance choreographer CHRISTINE CALI. He also recently earned co-writing credit on “IN SAN FRANCISCO” by German dance pop sensation “CASCADA” which reached Top 40 success in 4 different countries including #15 in Germany. Matt tours nationally several times a year and released his 8th cd as The WELCOME MATT POP JUNK FLUFF and HYPE in the summer of 2014. 

Matt's newest incarnation "Matt EL" created to accommodate his continuing involvement in music for modern dance has already yielded seven itunes singles and solid praise throughout the music and dance community. Matt has composed and played live for San Francisco’s CALI & CO dance over the past four years, including MOVE THRU ME, C.O.M.A, S.T.O.R.M, L.O.A.D.E.D, SUSPECT, and You ARE HERE. He now holds the role of music director/composer for CALI & CO dance. 

 

Langlois describes his writing process as “Like all mechanisms of survival and coping with existence... eating, sleeping, and dreaming... it’s in constant motion.”

 

 

 

All the while Langlois manages to straddle the divide of folk troubadour and indie pop-rock savant to create music that can only be his own: “.wrote an editor at Indiemusic.com "Langlois has the ability to evoke some of the leading writers of the modern era, as well as seminal bands such as The Beatles and The Kinks."