MP3 Matt Rocker & the Constituents - ...life is but a dream...
Clean and clear pop rock from the mid 90''s
10 MP3 Songs
ROCK: Modern Rock, POP: Beatles-pop
"Sprightly and tuneful local singer-songwriter, in early-''80''s post-Elvis Costello punchy power-chorded pub-pop mode, though he may well owe just as much to, say, Weezer or Fountains of Wayne.” – Village Voice
“Along with his good looks Matt Rocker and his band the Constituents have a talent for pop-rock music. They are gearing up for the release of Rocker’s debut solo album in January. In my opinion he is well on his way to super stardom.” - New York Cool
“In his 25 years, he’s been a soundman, a stagetech, a studio engineer and best of all, a songwriter for a singing telegram service. You won’t get anything as exciting as Rocker singing “Happy Birthday” dressed as a chicken, but if the man’s songs are half as strong as his determination it’ll be worth it.” - Time Out New York
“Rocker is his real name. Judging by the drum kit, five guitars, bass guitar, microphone stand, and several ukuleles that he has encouraged us to play in his Brooklyn apartment, Rocker lives up to that name. This prospect excites me.” - City Pages, Minneapolis
“hyperkinetic pop skills” - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Believe it or not, he was born Matthew Dean Rocker in Saratoga Springs, NY. And from a young age it was apparent to those around him that he would live up to the name. Whether turning a portable tape player into a distortion box or starting his career as a songwriter for a singing telegram service, Rocker always had a passion for music.
His released his first album in 1995, and continued writing while earning a bachelor''s degree in music, then a masters from NYU. Rocker went on to contribute to the score for the Lord of the Rings:The Two Towers, wrote music for the 2002 Olympics, conducted his own orchestral composition at Lincoln Center, and released five more albums.
Other than a notable cameo by Semisonic drummer Jake Slichter on one track, Rocker sings every part and plays every instrument on his latest release, “Being Human.” A prolific songwriter, Rocker makes a commitment to unveil at least one new song at every performance.
His high-energy shows have started to create a buzz among musicians, with the likes of David Byrne being spotted in the audience. Those who catch a show will see for themselves that Rocker ultimately lives up to his name.
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