Matthew Heller—a Portland native if ever there was one—grew up on a small farm and into a wickedly talented musician, rocking out his own unique brand of folky, grungy, downhome rock-and-roll, throwing in some notes of bluegrass and vintage punk for good measure.
not merely a jack-of-all-trades, Heller is a true rock ‘n’ roll virtuoso—a singer/songwriter, a guitarist, a pianist, and a wildly energetic performance artist. —“the epitome of rock ‘n’ roll,” as one friend described it—pounding a heavy pulse with deep, emotionally-charged resonance.
Portland, Oregon’s Matthew Heller has gained praise and comparison to the likes of the Smashing Pumpkins tumultuous frontman Billy Corgan, both in lyrical sound and style. Heller writes songs that are far from lacking passion and realness, something rarely heard today—gritty, dirty folk songs that are rotten and raw to the core!
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with his vocals playing back between references to Jack White and Billy Corgan, Heller continues to deliver his personal brand of vitriol on “Drone Strike,” passionately and loudly calling out the government for the use of drones.
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Without a doubt, Matthew Heller’s self-titled album, is a tapestry of raw emotional outpouring. Feelings of antagonism, bitterness, distress and hope. All against a ragged musical backdrop that is both gripping and fiercely compelling. This is not the kind of soggy emotional record that you will cry to, but one that may make you feel anger, heartache, guilt and even exhilaration.
He is one of the more aggressive singer-songwriters to ever come upon the music scene. And yet for all his anti-establishment candor, "Girl Into a Rose" has the chops to emerge as a hit single, notable for its Billy Joel-skewed, piano-driven storytelling seasoned with a Gavin DeGraw quirk. Elsewhere is "Wicked Son," an acid-blues rocker that can give Neil Young a run for his money in any decade.