with The Kickups and Andy Lampert Band
With heavy jazz elements and vocal effects, Matt Fraza creates a nostalgic, classic rock sound. The use of the harmonica and melodic electric guitar support Fraza’s vocals. Admittedly, the vocals do not sound the strongest and the clear effects on his voice feel forced.
The lyrics tend to create a story and “I Don’t Want It” sounds like Fraza is just talking to the listener with some instruments supporting him. The instruments are very reflective of songs one would classify as classic rock, but there does not seem to be too much modernity in his songs.
At times, the EP feels a bit bland, at least vocally. “Deep” focuses mostly on Fraza’s voice, which fall a bit flat in front of the calm guitar work. The emotion in his voice is there, it just needs to be brought to the surface.
“Drugs” is a better track, evident of the potential for a more passionate song. This song sees a heavier sound with honest lyrics about Fraza’s friends supposedly dying due to drugs.
The drums are a crucial component of Fraza’s sound and are varied throughout. “Circle” has a stronger element of the cymbals and this adds some distinction between the other tracks.
With strong instrumentation courtesy of electric guitars and cymbal-heavy drums, Flies Through The Dark provides a solid classic rock sound.
with Bella’s Bartok
895 Matunuck Beach Rd
75OL-254 Matt Fraza Band – Flies Through The Dark
Limited compact disc are available from the band at live shows only
1. Black Mark 2:24
2. I Don’t Want It 4:05
3. Deep 3:38
4. Drugs 3:16
5. Circle 2:14
6. Moving Day 3:12
7. Mountain Lion 7:43
with Nate Cozzolino and special guests.
41 Central Street
MATT FRAZA BAND
Firehouse 13, Providence, RI
Firehouse 13 is in the middle of a war zone and the inside is dark and dirty, but at least they have a stage and a PA system. Vertical Twin is playing when I enter. They are a bit older of a band than I’m used to seeing. They are a little old to be Green Day and a little young to be The Who, but I see where they get their power trio influences from. Vertical Twin plays high energy rock ’n’ roll and put on a good show, the singer is funny and entertaining, it’s a great way to start the night, though I may have missed two earlier bands. Monument Thief take the stage next. Monument Thief is a Providence based bass and drums duo, but don’t compare them to Lightning Bolt! They play straight up rock and the bass sounds like a guitar player without solos. It’s really good alternative rock that reminds me of my childhood. I’ve had a few drinks by now and I’m ready for a great band to top off a cool night. sadly, the Matt Fraza Band is unable to deliver the goods. Boring Dave Mathews, Jimmy Buffet type generic garbage. Hey, guitar player, stand up, this is a rock ’n’ roll concert, man. I’m afraid if I see their whole set I’ll fall asleep at the wheel and I don’t even have a car. At least I have an excuse to get on the bike and head home early. (Terry Boulder)
with Silverteeth and The Water Project
3 Lebanon Street
Block Island, RI
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