Combining elements of folk, punk, pop and roots rock, Matt Pless can lyrically turn a phrase with the best of them. He has been compared to some of the top songwriters of our time, including John Lennon, Paul Simon, John Prine and Bob Dylan. Known for his engaging and thought-provoking, witty, word labyrinths, Matt's music spans topics from love and loss to social commentary to ethereal train-of-thought abstractions, and everything in between.
His first European tour in on the agenda for late October into November when Matt plans to take his music to the UK, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, eastern Europe and France. Currently in the studio recording, Matt hopes to launch a batch of new songs over the next several months.
Matt’s extensive travel schedule has seen him tour all around the United States playing coffee shops, clubs, basements, living rooms, boxcars, wherever there are people who want to hear his music. A consummate performer with a high-energy stage presence, he books his own tour dates and along the way has managed to share the stage with Maroon 5, Fallout Boy, Ani DiFranco, David Amram, Rilo Kiley, Alkaline Trio, NOFX, Arlo Guthrie, Bad Brains, the late Pete Seeger and many other heavyweight names in the music scene. Matt was also the inspiration for Occupy This Album and wrote and performed the opening song for the compilation. That disc (which combined both well-known and unknown artists) arose from the Occupy Wall Street movement and featured Jackson Browne, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Yoko Ono, Willie Nelson, Deborah Harry, Loudon Wainwright III, Arlo Guthrie, and many others.
Almost anyone can relate to a Matt Pless song. His unique gift for writing lyrics and melodies that appeal to the core of the human condition is, like Matt himself, unique and rare.