“From the taverns and packed house parties of Saint Louis comes the sounds of Pirates…Mathias and the Pirates. Don’t worry they wont steal anything from you, except maybe some inhibitions and the fucks you give for a night, after spending some time with these lovable cast away’s you won’t want to get off the boat. Often listed as a Hip-Hop band, which is true to an extent, they do rap, there is a nice DJ presence but, really – the band element they bring takes this crew to another level. Self described as “Soulful Midwest Hip-Hop with a Rock and Roll heart,” there is a ever changing circle of musicians surrounding them. The line up is always folding in new talent and instruments for different projects and shows. Every Pirate jam can be a brand new experience. Some heavy guests are featured on the album including Aceyalone, Blueprint, Family Affair and Thelonius Kryptonite. “Caveman Barnacles” was just released on Farfetched Records.”
“Saint Louis Hip-Hop funk outfit Mathias & The Pirates recently dropped “Caveman Barnacles” a six shot EP of consistent loveliness composed of all the musical booty and exotic spices collected from their travels. Politically charged at times, very dance-able and thought-provoking throughout, this project is getting a lot well deserved attention. Just released, is the first official video from the EP, called “Legends Of The Fall”. Check it out and follow the Bluesy riff down a road less traveled.”
“As a public performer in St. Louis hip-hop circles since 1997, Mathias James’ advice, in some ways, is simple: Arrive, partake, then share. In many ways, James came of age in public, playing in the groups Jive Turkey, Art Thugs (which resettled to California), Core Project (whose stickers were once ubiquitous) and Earthworms, all after working on several teen projects in Webster Groves “that no one ever heard of.” Several of his acts fused hip-hop vocals with live instrumentation, and a couple of them flirted with wider mainstream success, ceasing just prior to finding it. With Mathias & The Pirates, James continues perform, record, and bounce ideas off of a variety of local musicians. At the core of the current group are James, vocalist Ms. Vizion, and DJ LB. Various players (like drummer Grover Stewart, bassist Donald Williams, and saxophonist Terry Grohman) round out its live lineups. A number of members of the FarFetched collective have also shared a stage with James and co”
“It's becoming obvious, if it wasn't already, that nearly every hip-hop album released in St. Louis will have to contend with the Ferguson situation in some fashion, and Mathias & the Pirates wastes no time speaking out on current events on this six-song EP. Opening cut "The Panic Button" validates righteous anger but preaches for cooler heads to prevail, and aside from a chant of "hands up, don't shoot," the message of empowerment over oppression rings eternal. Setting the song to a reggae rhythm does more than allow for a quick reference to "I Shot the Sheriff"; it's the music of revolution and empowerment, and the Pirates take full advantage of that history to encourage spiritual and social uplift. Matthew Sawicki's production gives each track a different flavor. LA freestyler Aceyalone drops a verse on the uptown swing of "Witness," and Terry Grohman's tenor sax whips and weaves around the lyricists with buzzy resonance.”
"Locals Mathias & the Pirates took the stage to open the night, and by the close of their first song, the wallflowers had emerged from the booths and shadows and the influx of returning smokers filled the gaps to stuff the floor with a crowd even headliners could appreciate." "Armed with cuts and scratches from DJ LB, the duo of Mathias and Ms. Vizion warmed up the crowd with the expertise of veteran performers. Formerly of the accomplished Earthworms crew, Mathias has brought decades of experience to his most recent act, recruiting a friend and former member of the Grea Tones to add soulful hooks and a feminine flow that was well received by fans of the headliner. As they dispensed their rhymes, largely on the theme of pirates, the crowd grew constantly denser and more energetic. Mathias & the Pirates proved themselves as an ideal opener for Dessa and her crew."
"Mathias & the Pirates, which has a new FarFetched Records album release in “Life of the Buzzard,” is a combination of pieces of two defunct local groups: Earthworms and Grea Tones. "Free from Earthworms, he was ready for something more musical and soulful. He thought about Ms. Vizion from Grea Tones. She’s a singer-rapper he used on “Devils, Pirates & Rebels.” “She sang hooks on my solo record, and I like what she brings to the table,” Mathias says. “ I wanted her to sing a hook for me that ended up being the first song we recorded for the Pirates.” "He says Mathias & the Pirates brings a different aesthetic to the table from what he has done before, particularly with their 50-50 mix of rapping and singing. “It makes us approach songs differently when you got that in your pocket,” he says. “When you’re writing songs, it doesn’t have to be in the typical hip-hop structure.” He’s using even more live instruments and fewer samples. "It’s a different tu
“More notable is Mathias & the Pirates' fidelity to its band name and the theme of piracy and high-seas mayhem. "Sea Shanty in D-Minor" gives the album a thematic opening and a familiar chorus — "a pirate's life for me" — before moving into more hip-hop-oriented songs that reinforce the modern-day swashbuckling that preoccupies the first half of the album. Mathias has done his homework here: "Ballad of Old Long Ben" takes its inspiration from a bygone sailing ditty, and that sing-songy chorus helps the song stick like bubble gum. Credit the members of the Pirates for the versatility found on Life of the Buzzard. Vocalist Ms. Vizion carries much of the weight as the record progresses; rather than solely singing the hooks, she often serves as a guide into certain songs (like the album-closing "Lonely Hearts Saloon"). As befitting of any hip-hop album worth its salt, the band welcomes some special guest stars: Brand Nubian's Sadat X drops in for a powerful verse on "Souls on Fire," w”
“I was a bit late as it was 10:15 when I showed up. Just my luck however, I had made it in perfect time. One of my local favorites Mathias and The Pirates were on stage and I got to catch the last few songs.They were great to watch and were a good way to start my evening. Mathias has been rapping in St. Louis for a very long time, he was part of the award winning hip hop group The Earthworms. Lately he has been on a lot of shows doing his solo projects which are equally as dope.”