Matthew McNeal

SONGS FOR THE RIDE HOME

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     After teaming up with Joey McClellan (BNQT, Israel Nash) and McKenzie Smith (Midlake, St. Vincent) for his 2015 release 'Compadre', McNeal and company have spent the past few years touring extensively to cultivate a grassroots movement behind their music. Performing across Texas with various acts since the age of fifteen, 24 year-old McNeal has persistently shown a hunger for sharing his work as well as steady growth in both songwriting and musicality. Surviving as an independent artist by building a large repertoire of content and touring heavily across the United States, the group continues to catch the attention of blogs and tastemakers across the country. McNeal and company aim to defy genre with a timeless sound and create music with a sense of purpose. Matthew McNeal and company are on the road for over 120 dates a year.

     Striving to bring the spirit of genuine american roots-rock and high-caliber songwriting into the modern era of music without gimmick, McNeal and long-time drummer Andre Black teamed up with Israel Nash and his band at Nash's Plum Creek Sound studio in the heart of the Texas hill country. With Grammy award-winning Ted Young (The Rolling Stones, Kurt Vile) at the helm of a 1971 16-track Studer tape machine, the group spent four days recording nine tracks for the upcoming 'Good Luck' LP. The collection of work revolves around the notion that the americana music mold can be broken, straying away from the ongoing retro-revival and producing music that is forward reaching and sonically fresh. Though there is something for every music lover within the songs, the band considers the work to come together as 'alternative soul rock and roll.' McNeal and company bring songs of redemption and hope over powerful, driving musicality influenced by the sounds of everyone from Bob Dylan to Kings of Leon to Prince. Good Luck aims for the listener to experience the edge that alternative music carries, the unbound emotion of soul, and the raw energy of true rock & roll. 


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LATEST WORK (unreleased)

'Good Luck' LP // 2018

- Produced by Joey McClellan and Plum Creek Sound

- Engineered by Ted Young, Joey McClellan

- Mixed by Ted Young

- Mastered by Jessica Thompson, Coast Mastering

 

LATEST WORK (released)

'Compadre' LP // released June 2015

- Produced by Joey McClellan, McKenzie Smith

- Engineered by Joey McClellan

- Mixed by McKenzie Smith

- Mastered by Kim Rosen, Knack Mastering


Good Luck LP (front)

Good Luck LP (back)


PRESS

   "It’s dramatic, it’s ambitious and it embodies brilliant flourishes. Well-thought out and executed the album surprisingly becomes one that has tunes that leave you wanting more." - John Apice (No Depression) on 'Compadre'
   "A high energy, captivating singer songwriter, Matthew McNeal has the uncanny ability to make the stories of the everyman timeless and seemingly effortless... He's a little of everything." - Greg Jones (Ear To The Ground)
   “If you need help finding Americana, we have a hell of a place to start. Matthew McNeal’s “Lost & Found” is a gem of Americana in some seriously trying times." Greg Shaw (Nanobot Rock)

BOOKING

Alan Brown // alan@pleaseandthankyoubooking.com

Please & Thank You Booking // pleaseandthankyoubooking.com

 

CONTACT

matthewmcnealmusic@gmail.com

TOUR HISTORY

Presence in the southern region (TX, OK, AR, AL, TN, KY, MS)

Presence in the midwest (MO, IL, IA, IN, MN, OH)

Presence in the west (NM, CA, OR, CO)

Presence in the east (WV, PA, NC)

McNeal's fall tour ran from 9/9 until 11/15

Spring touring ran from 2/9 until 4/22

Currently on the road for Summer/Fall 2017


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FULL BIO:

     Matthew McNeal is a recording artist based out of northern Texas, tagged with all sorts of genre titled- from ‘alternative soul rock & roll’ to ‘roots rock meets indie rock’. Despite his young age, the 24 year old is no newcomer to the world of music. Raised by a single mother in a small town east of Dallas, Matthew picked up both the guitar and drums at age 12 after years of wearing out funk and soul cassettes that his mother had on hand. He spent his teenage years helping to cultivate a DIY scene in his hometown, performing in everything from metal bands and pop/punk bands to gospel and folk music outfits. McNeal’s first festival appearance would be at the Van’s Warped Tour in 2011 at the age of 18. Spending the summers working at a peach orchard, Matthew would soon become involved with the music industry working as a production runner at arenas and other large venues in Dallas after selling a bushel of peaches for an Aerosmith show. Working behind the scenes over the years would allow the young musician to cross paths with everyone from Bruce Springsteen, Paul Rodgers, and AC/DC to John Mayer, George Strait, and Wilco. 

     Upon graduating high school, McNeal set off on his own to start a solo career. He released a collection of bedroom recordings titled ‘When You’re Down’ in the summer of 2013. he embarked on his first tour supporting the release and became hooked to a life on the road. During college, Matthew teamed up with longtime friend and drummer Andre Black to begin working on a studio debut record. The duo would enter Redwood Studios in Denton, Texas, in the summer of 2014, working with McKenzie Smith (Midlake, St. Vincent) and Joey McClellan (BNQT, The Fieros). The product of the session was McNeal’s 2015 release ‘Compadre’, an album that would act as an introduction to a new chapter and career path in the lives of the two young musicians. With a marketing degree in hand, McNeal and Black quit their jobs, purchased a rusted cargo van, and began taking ‘Compadre’ on the road. With no booking agent or outside guidance behind their mission, the two traversed the midwest and southeastern U.S. for the next year. As they traveled, Matthew found a deeper love and respect for songcraft after hundreds of hours listening to classic records for the first time. It was during this time that Matthew began to find his own voice and embrace his own off-kilter way of songwriting and storytelling thanks to the sound and emotion of timeless music.

     McNeal would soon become friends with Austin’s psychedelic folk-rock artist Israel Nash through producer Joey McClellan and garnered the friendship of a local booking agent and promoter after performing with Nash in Dallas. While continuing to tour constantly, the two found themselves in the Texas hill country at Israel Nash’s Plum Creek Sound studio, where they would begin work on their sophomore effort backed by members of Nash’s all-star band. With Brooklyn’s grammy award-winning Ted Young (Kurt Vile, The Rolling Stones) at the helm of a 1971 Studer tape machine, the group spent four days tracking nine songs that would go on to become McNeal’s forthcoming LP ‘Good Luck’. While in post-production for the album, McNeal and Black spent eight months on a coast-to-coast U.S. tour to continue nurturing a grassroots movement behind their music. The two would end up starting Matte Black Sound Company, a small record label that they would release their future albums through. 

     Matthew McNeal and company bring songs of redemption and hope over powerful, driving musicality influenced by the genreless sounds throughout recorded music- from the lyricism and mystique of Bob Dylan to the southern inventiveness of Kings of Leon to the limitless grooves of Prince. As a record, ‘Good Luck’ aims for the listener to experience the edge that indie/alternative music carries, the unbound emotion of soul, and the raw energy of true rock & roll.