Matt began playing guitar at a very young age. His early influences include Tony Iommi, Jimmy Page, Michael Schenker and Robin Trower. He has established himself as a unique and eclectic Axeman in Rock. “When Matt told me that he had 5 Gibson Flying Vs, I knew he was the guy for us.” Jim recalls. “Matt’s tone and feel really compliment our sound, heavy, full and badass!” says bassist Wetmore. Hailing from a small town in Central California, Matt’s presence in LA with Starch Monkey is BIG! Come on out to a show and meet Matt for yourself!
We get it. There are challenges to seeing live music. Your favorite band is playing on the other side of town, you have to work late that night, the show is sold out, etc. Hell, we know a lot of our fans don’t even live in the immediate LA area and have been physically unable to come to one of our shows. This is why we want to bring the experience of our live show to all of you, no matter your location. Introducing “Starch Monkey: Bootleg Series.” These tracks are not polished. There are no studio overdubs, no fancy recording equipment was used, no producer…nothing. Just a basic digital recorder in a club capturing all of our energy, all of our imperfections and all of that rock and roll magic. We hope you like the raw nature of these tracks and can join us…in person…for a show in the near future. Until then, enjoy the Starch Monkey Bootleg Series.
It’s been just over a year since our first performance at the World Famous Whisky a Go Go, and we’ve now made it to the top of the marquee as the HEADLINER! A special thanks to everyone that has made this a reality, most notably our wives and girl friends that put up with our crazy schedule. And thank you to the amazing team at the Whisky, from the bookers to the bartenders, the security guys and of course the Sound Engineers. We debuted some new material and are excited to put it out to all of our fans on our upcoming EP release. So, stay tuned for that!
Now you can enjoy our music even more with this Lyric Video of “Hopeful.” Created by Starch Monkey, just for you. We first ran the music track through our design program After Effects, then downloaded a bunch of cool stock footage and then edited everything together in Final Cut Pro – We had a blast making it – Hope you enjoy it!
2014 is shaping up to be a great year already. The Whisky asked us back for our third time! So mark your calendars for Saturday night, February 1. We’re scheduled to go on after 9, but be sure to get there early! We’re opening for Hollywood Roses, the Guns and Roses Tribute band – this is sure to be a great night. So get your tickets now because this time they will spell our name right on the marquee!
Hey guys it’s Brad – I want to take a moment and point out one of the highlights of my 2013, I finally got an SVT. I’ve been dreaming about this amp for a long time. I want to share with you some of the history of this epic rig:
THE SVT STORY
1969 was a year giants rocked the earth, and they wanted big amps. By that point in history, rock music was the baddest man in the whole damn town. Stadiums and outdoor festivals was where the action was—Madison Square Garden for chrissakes. Fifty watts just wasn’t enough to move that chick in the 61st row in her hand-embroidered bellbottoms. It wasn’t as if nobody was filling the void—witness the stacks of Marshalls, mountains of Hiwatts, and truckloads of Dual Showmans doing more to promote tinnitus in a single generation since WWII.
To get the entire story, visit: http://www.ampeg.com/history.html