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6PM ALL AGES Matt Hopper & The Roman Candles (AK) // Josiah Johnson (formerly of The Head & The Heart) // AROMATICS
March 11 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Matt Hopper & The Roman Candles (AK)
+ Josiah Johnson
MH&TRC’s new album was recorded in Seattle, WA at Strange Earth Studios in Fremont; famous now as it was the last studio where Chris Cornell laid down demo vocals on new Soundgarden tunes before the last fateful tour. The album was engineered by Brad Laina (Vaudeville Etiquette, Barrett Martin Group) and guests include Charity Rose Thielen & Matt Gervais (of The Head & The Heart), Courtney Jaye, Kathleen Grace, Jamie Drake, Shelby Earl, Andrew Vait (of Sisters), Tracey Holland & Christopher Charles (of Vandella), Brock Lindow (of 36crazyfists) and more! The album is essentially tracked and soon to be mixed. We plan to start releasing 4 songs every quarter in 2019. Additional studios used include Hyde Street Studio C in San Francisco, which was nicknamed “Cosmo’s Factory” by Creedence Clearwater Revival back when the studios were owned by Wally Heider. Wattage Studios in Anchorage, AK is home of lo-fi genius Chad Reynvaan (The Sweeteners, Medium Build) was also home to a co-write and recording session for this album.
Hopper had some songwriting success with the Head & The Heart covering his song “False Alarm” on their major label debut “Signs of Light” (Warner Bros) and the bands toured together last summer for a select number of dates. Hopper is continuing his slow, organic climb into listeners ears by hitting the road hard in 2019. He has shared stages with a wide variety of artists such as Dr. John, Cold War Kids, The Lemonheads, Gin Blossoms, Everclear, Portugal. The Man, Jerry Joseph & The Jackmormons, Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band, The Head & The Heart, Young Dubliners and many more!
Josiah is best known for being a founding member of The Head and the Heart. He took a break from that work a few years ago to learn how to live more wholly integrated and to work with and through problems with addictions. His expanding solo creations are transcendent, healing folk songs. Deep and soulful ballads that paint the imagination with rich and emotional landscapes of love, loss and transformation. Josiah’s solo performances highlight a stripped down, emotive, lyrics-and-voice-first kind of song craft, inimitable in its sincerity and beauty, with the powerful joy of singing together.