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"