Shows on a Sunday night are a little weird if you ask me. But when you hear it’s International Jazz Day and twin guitar and drum duo The Mattson 2 are bringing their modern jazz-rock combo to San Francisco‘s The Chapel, you know it’s going to be a chill night.
Continuing the venue’s string of (((folkYEAH!))) Presents events — a Northern California-based music and events presenter known for bringing unique, one-of-a-kind experiences for both artists and attendees — The Mattson 2 held the stage down the entire night, bringing a collection of exciting and exhilarating musical interludes and arrangements with some talented Bay Area-bred musicians.
The duo played their version of John Coltrane’s 1965 classic “A Love Supreme” in its entirety. Jared Mattson’s untamed jazz-surf guitar riffs combined with his hard-plucked bass was definitely something to watch. The way he was a wizard on his instrument, noodling between guitar riffs and swanky bass lines on his two-in-one instrument, was exciting to watch. Twin brother Jonathan Mattson was equally impressive as his focused and highly rhythmic jazz drumming almost made you sweat. His hard-hits and careful percussions highlighted his skill as a jazz drummer, and together, their seemingly telepathic twin minds created layers of sound the entire night that was everything experimental jazz and psychedelic soul.
Legendary musician Money Mark and bassist/skateboarder Tommy Guerrero joined the brothers in the second set and performed some classics from Money Mark’s catalogue such as “Pretty Pain” off 1995’s Mark’s Keyboard Repair (MM added he hadn’t played the song in over a decade). MM, best known for his collaborations with the Beastie Boys, brought his keyboard driven pop-funk as Guerrero’s bass lines thrilled. (TG is also known for his work as a solo artist after his success in skateboarding, such as 2003’s Soul Food Taqueria which topped Rolling Stone charts in 2004 and even landed a single “Organism” in the video game Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland.)
Though, the most anticipated moment of the night came in Chaz Bundick Meets The Mattson 2, the exciting musical project of Toro Y Moi’s Chaz Bundick and twin duo The Mattson 2. Their debut LP Star Stuff was only released in March and has already taken the #1 spot for Contemporary Jazz LPs in the US with a sold-out East Coast tour.
East Bay native Chaz Bundick‘s familiar chillwave sound, full of hazy electronic synths and hip-hop beats, is completely indie. Yet in collaboration with The Mattson 2, his soft voice dissolves into the music, gaining a little more steadiness and ground with the Mattsons’ hypnotic chords and psychedelic-jazz-like instrumentation (apart from Bundick’s primarily electronic soundscape).
In “JBS,” the first single and fan favorite off of Star Stuff (and my personal favorite as I was immediately drawn to it the moment they played it), the warm retro soul riffs over a whirling ’70s pedalboard and easy drum grooves made it an easy listen. The song almost takes you into an early summer reverie with its rich instrument-forward elements provided by the Mattson twins.
The incredibly beautiful soundscape they were able to create transports you into ’70s psychedelia as you get lost in Bundick’s soft plainspoken lyrics, “I think I’ve gone and lost my mind.”
The night proved to be an intimate and feel-good event as the sold-out show put everyone — mostly males, and mostly locals — into either a psychedelic trap or consistent head-bop. The trio continued to play songs from Star Stuff and jazzier numbers of Toro Y Moi songs before a fire alarm mishap happened.
Although most of these artists were complete strangers to me before the show, the night left me feeling so much love for local California artists and music. Talent is stemming right behind our doors — and the Chapel nailed it with this night.
Chaz Bundick Meets The Mattson 2’s collaborative project Star Stuff is available to purchase now. Be sure to also check out The Mattson 2’s Feeling Hands (2010), Toro Y Moi’s Anything In Return (2013), Money Mark’s Mark’s Keyboard Repair (1995) and Tommy Guerrero’s Soul Food Taqueria (2003).