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Mattoid Droids

"It was four years ago when I first heard the (then) solo project of David “Gonzo” Gonzales, Mattoid Droids. At the time, hewas working on what would become the project’s first release, Soap Box Derby (2009), and I was asked for input on theprogress of the record. What I initially heard was a complete departure from the sounds of his former hard-rock outfit, 4thDegree Burn, and an original mixture and experimentation of alternative sounds that echoed the influence of bands and artistssuch as Incubus, Muse, John Frusciante, and Mr. Bungle.

Eventually, the solo project b ...read more

"It was four years ago when I first heard the (then) solo project of David “Gonzo” Gonzales, Mattoid Droids. At the time, hewas working on what would become the project’s first release, Soap Box Derby (2009), and I was asked for input on theprogress of the record. What I initially heard was a complete departure from the sounds of his former hard-rock outfit, 4thDegree Burn, and an original mixture and experimentation of alternative sounds that echoed the influence of bands and artistssuch as Incubus, Muse, John Frusciante, and Mr. Bungle.

Eventually, the solo project became a trio, though still creatively helmed by Gonzo, the group went on to complete their firstrelease in early 2009. While quirkier, more experimental tracks such as “Wal-mart Cards...”, “The Brand New Short ShortsSong”, and “R” may have pointed at a more relaxed, seemingly less serious approach to music writing, the band would laterprove with the Faded Mirrors EP that it was “Witness to Victim”, “The Point I’m Trying to Make”, and a cover of JohnFrusciante’s “Untitled #3” that would pave the way for a more cohesive, professional sound that would form on their futurereleases.

In early 2010, writing would begin on the trio’s second album. Like Soap Box Derby before it, the album would feature anexperimentation of different sounds and styles of music, including alternative, hard-rock, jazz, blues, and bossa. The albumfeatured three songs from Gonzo’s 4th Degree Burn days (“Toxic Love”, “Deny”, and “E.T.M.B.R”) as well as nine new originaltracks and an acoustic cover of Incubus’s “Make Yourself”. Amongst the nine originals, “Up”, “Desert Dessert”, and “FoundYou (It Won’t Be Long)” stand out as remarkable proof of Gonzo’s growth as a songwriter.

Since the February 2011 release of The Art of Being Your Illusion, the group has been performing live shows around VeroBeach, Florida as well as working on their third full-length record, Enough, scheduled for release in late-summer/early. fall2012. In their short existence, Mattoid Droids has done nothing but amaze me with their daring experimentation and stellarsongwriting and I have the utmost confidence this group of young, brilliant musicians will continue to impress me with theiroutput in the future." « hide

Similar Bands: Incubus, John Frusciante, Mr. Bungle, Muse

LPs
Goodbye, World
04/29/2013

3.5
1 Votes
Enough
09/12/2012

4
1 Votes
The Art of Being Your Illusion
2011

3.5
1 Votes
EPs
Enough: The Acoustic Sessions
08/18/2012

3.5
1 Votes

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