Transistor Rodeo


Transistor Rodeo

Matt Tarka

Sat · Jul 20 2019

8:00 pm

$7.00 - $10.00

Transistor Rodeo
Transistor Rodeo
Transistor Rodeo is pure Americana. Not only does Transistor Rodeo writeand perform catchy, heartfelt tunes, but the deliver them with an intensityand immediacy not often found in their genre. T.R. write intelligent songs with great, rootsy, pop hooks and thoughtful lyrics. Though they have been
compared to other “alt-country” and “twang rock” acts, that only scratchesthe surface. Picture Hemmingway smothered in zesty southern bar-b- que sauce.

The band began in 1996 as a writing project by founding members Bob Jordan (lead vocals and guitar) and Doug Goldberg (guitar). Bob & Doug penned tunes at breakneck speed and before long it was apparent that they would need a full band to complete their vision. At that point they recruited Tim Reeder (drums & vocals), Joe McClure (bass & vocals) and Judy Burke
(violin & vocals) to round out the unit. The members of the band hail from all over the USA (Kentucky, Ohio, Delaware, Brooklyn, NY) but they all share a love of music that moves people and says something. The band finished their debut CD, “Plastic Palomino” in 1997 and started playing live shows around the Philadelphia area. T.R.’s spirited live show and dusty heartfelt tunes started getting a lot of attention. Soon they were
packing saloons and the CD was selling briskly.
Bob & Doug continued writing all the while and in 1999 Transistor Rodeo recorded their follow-up CD “White Trash Honeymoon”. The CD, which was recorded in a barn with a budget of about 500 bucks, became the band’s
landmark work. The CD contains 10 songs that vacillate from straight ahead “alt-country” rock to soft “California” ballads while maintaining a strong continuity. Every song sounds like it belongs there.

During the recording of “White Trash Honeymoon” the band signed a recording contract with A.I.R. Records, an independent, Philadelphia based label. “White Trash Honeymoon” was released in March 2000 and has enjoyed solid worldwide sales since its debut. The band has continued to perform live shows to a growing list of fans. They began work in 2004 on a
new CD Goin’ Out in Style” and released on it June 6, 2006. It has received glowing reviews and is said to be their finest work to date. Buy ten copies. You’ll be glad you did.
Matt Tarka
Matt Tarka
Have you ever had a moment where you’ve realized that you were late to the party, that you’ve spent too much energy on trying to please the wrong people or you’ve been deceived by those closest to you? If the answer is yes then the rock-inflected folk music of PA-based artist Matt Tarka will speak directly to you. Weaving isolated moments of heartbreak and rejection into his songs he continues the traditions of artists such as Tom Petty, Wilco and Carole King.

These themes flow from his new EP, Vision Hazy - recorded at Low Watt Recording in Savannah, GA with Ted Comerford (Jukebox The Ghost, Jonas Sees in Color) at the production helm, and subsequently mixed by Mitch Easter (R.E.M, Pavement, Dinosaur Jr.) at The Fidelitorium in North Carolina. Taking his folk origins and unleashing them, with the help of the occasional guitar flourish or fluttering drumbeat, the record sees Tarka bolster his sound with a rockier element. Sonically it’s his most advanced creation to date.

The considered nature of the tracks belies the slightly chaotic nature of his creative process. Ideas are roughly written down on index cards, notebooks, on scraps of paper left under the bed in case of night-time inspiration, or recorded into a dictation machine. Out of these assorted thoughts come the lyrics, which then shape the sound of his music. Demos are recorded onto an old cassette recorder, giving them a timeless feel from the very outset, and order is finally formed from his disorderly ruminations.

It’s a process that has evolved since his debut in 2008, as Tarka continues to follow his muse. As he says himself, ‘don’t let anyone tell you what kind of music you should be making, or how you should be making it. There are enough outside distractions in the world. Be true to yourself.’ You can hear this mantra ringing out in his honest lyrics and heartfelt delivery.

In an intimate live setting Tarka’s music takes on a different lease of life, careening and questing further from his tight recordings. Having already played in Baltimore, Philadelphia, NYC and DC (anywhere with a barbeque joint nearby), with new shows coming up there’ll be plenty of chances to hear the songs of Vision Hazy performed live. You needn’t worry if you’re late in discovering the sounds of Matt Tarka …. Now’s the perfect chance to catch up!
Venue Information:
118 North Wayne Ave
Wayne, PA, 19087