The Matt Burke Band has been developing and refining the sound they dub “Soulcoustic Beach Rock” for nearly a decade with impressive results. Inspired by multiple genres of music, the distinct sounds of southern rock, reggae, funk, and blues are methodically woven throughout the band’s original music.
Singer/songwriter and guitarist Matt Burke and lead guitarist Brue Baker, the rootsy and eclectic musical forces behind the emerging Matt Burke Band, originally lived hundreds of miles apart—Burke in Chicago, Baker in Florida, where the two first started playing a handful of years ago as college students at Stetson University. Late in the summer of 2010, the group released their debut album with the tongue in cheek title ‘Pretty Close To Very Good,’ to nothing but positive critical acclaim.
In addition to headlining shows at The Cubby Bear in Wrigleyville (where the group held their debut CD release party to a packed house), The Bottom Lounge, and Goose Island in The Windy City, the band has brightened up The Sunshine State even more with a self-booked tour up and down the coasts, from Jacksonville, to New Smyrna Beach, Cocoa Beach and Jupiter. The band's lineup can be anything from Burke playing solo to a hard driving five-piece rock ensemble, depending upon the performance type. Regardless of the lineup, the original music comes through in every sense for crowds of all ages across the country.
“I love music. I have a passion for what I do, and I try with every note I play and word I sing to convey that passion” says Burke. His songs speak honestly and autobiographically about life: from the angst of having a 9 to 5 office day job while pouring out the musical energy at night to having a crush on a girl in high school. Ever the compliment to Burke's lyrics and vocals, Baker’s leads aren’t ever over the top or flashy, instead serving as additional harmony and adding color and depth to the songs. Burke’s goal has always been to "write songs that make people feel happy and write lyrics that are relatable and real."
For the past year, the band has been working on their sophomore release, and the album is due out in early December, 2014. To support the album, Burke recently moved across the country from Chicago to Florida in order to build the best live band possible and continue to support his original material through live shows. While adding more gigs to their Florida schedule, Burke and Baker continue to develop their original sound by playing energetic and engaging shows, both as a duo and as a full band. “I’d like to show people that music is something I need to do, that no matter the challenges, there is no other option for me in my life,” Burke says. “The way I see the world, there are so many people content to just live unhappy unfulfilled existences. The joy and success I have is something I hope will be an example for people who wonder if it’s worth taking a chance to have a more fulfilling life.”