Interview with America Hearts' Jess Matthews
WTOP's Tim Bracken
Tim Bracken, wtop.com
WASHINGTON - Local band America Hearts plays quirky garage-pop driven by the tried-and-true formula of straightforward guitar, bass and drums. It's teamed up with the Black Cat nightclub for a fresh take on an album release show.
"The Singles Club" show series consists of three monthly concerts from America Hearts, along with the release of new music in small increments -- two or three songs at a time. The idea offers a great way to fully absorb the band's songs.
Jess Matthews fronts the band on guitar and vocals. A veteran of the D.C. music scene, she played drums in the band Edie Sedgwick. Sedgwick mastermind Justin Moyer encouraged Matthews to write her own songs.
"Out of all the music that I love, I think what's been the most influential is rock and roll that's about contradictions," Matthews says. "It's subversive, it's entertaining, it's fundamentally cynical. Adults listen to it, but it's unquestionably childlike in the simplicity of the music."
It wasn't difficult for Matthews to find a venue for "The Singles Club." She pitched the idea to the club's booking staff, and they immediately liked the concept.
"Black Cat was my first choice to do 'The Singles Club,'" says Matthews. "It feels like home there."
Thursday marks the second installment of "The Singles Club." The final show will be held June 27.
Listen to the America Hearts song "White Socks":
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