Matthew and the Arrogant Sea is the indie-pop brainchild of talented singer and songwriter Matthew Gray, Over the years the band has received phenomenal reviews from Paste magazine, Pop Matters, Absolute Punk and Prefix Magazine as well as local nominations for best band, best record, best live act ...and best song.
Matthew Gray started his career performing solo at local venues while continuing to fine-tune his craft. In 2006 his musical vision swelled as The Arrogant Sea was introduced into the world. Together, MATAS was able to create a sound like no other: part folk, part experimental—a whirlwind of melodies and striking lyrics, which still to this day, continue to develop. This unique sound enabled MATAS to be picked up by the Nova Posta Label in 2008. With the release of their first full LP "Family Family Family Meets The Magic Christian", the band reached new heights; including being named one of the best releases of 2008 by the Dallas Observer. With the drop of this record, MATAS went from being a small local band to a national touring band, traveling all around Texas and up the West Coast and playing with bands such as Akron Family, Dungen, Asobi Seksu, The Paper Chase, Woods, Centro-matic, The Black Angels, Warpaint, Clem Snide, The Middle East, Women, The Starlight Mints and many others. With all this inspiration brewing, it was time to start a second record, so in 2009 MATAS hit the studio. The band took a small break from recording in 2010 to tour with Midlake, even though the Dallas Observer was hailing “You Can’t Tame A Wild Rabbit” one of the most anticipated records of the year. As of now, the band's sound continues to grow and change, morphing as members bring more and more talent to the table.
Matthew and the Arrogant Sea continues to play shows nationally, write and record, and await the release of their sophomore album.