Recorded on Feb. 28, 2017.
Featuring Matt Lorenz.
About The Suitcase Junket (from the Advocate’s feature interview with Matt Lorenz):
From his childhood in southern Vermont through his young years at Hampshire College in Amherst, Lorenz, 34, has made sense of the world through his restless romance with old-school rock, folk, blues, and Americana. After college and his time as a member of Rusty Belle — a “roots-rock junk-folk” band that he founded in 2006 with his sister Kate Lorenz — Lorenz broke off as The Suitcase Junket: a frenetic and soulful one-man act.
He sees it as “an all-encompassing project that stays open-ended, but the driving question is: How much sound can I make as one person?”
Lorenz, who is signed to Signature Sounds in Northampton, will release his new album Pile Driver on April 21. He plays the Shea Theater in Turners Falls on April 21, the Fresh Grass Festival at MASS MoCA in North Adams Sept. 16-17, and many points all across America in between.
He’s a fun, friendly, hard-working guy. But the magic of Lorenz is in how he plays. As a one-man band, he plays not only by strumming his old, upcycled guitar and stomping on his foot-pedal drum, but by strapping himself to invented instruments like a shoe-dropper — which runs on a pulley system — and his so-called “bag of bones,” which jangles along to the beat.
The setup is Guthrie meets MacGyver, and it allows Lorenz to riff wildly on tradition. His weird, charming act is highly visual as well — you watch his shows as much as listen to them.
Bonus: Check out this interview with Lorenz during his Sessions set.