Brooklyn, NY-based indie rock outfit Lushcamp makes alternative rock music that ignites the senses and captures the bittersweet flow of memories. The band’s debut album, Lushcamp features catchy guitar hooks and vivid lyrics that capture bandleader, guitarist and singer Paul Matarelli’s personal adventures. The album’s 10 tunes are a study of the dark and light in people and the colorful dimensions of vulnerable, flawed anti-heroes and the choices they make that shape their journey.
Matarelli’s knack for playing a multitude of instruments, including guitar, bass, drums and piano helps him write songs with genuine texture. He moved to New York City in the early 2000s for its vibrant music scene and has never stopped exploring it. He has played open mics and small gigs in the city’s most historic venues, including The Bitter End, Kenny’s Castaways and the legendary CBGB’s. His Midwestern roots and love for ear-pleasing melodies and harmonies have always endeared him to classic rock bands like The Who, Led Zeppelin and The Beatles. While guitar gods such as Eddie Van Halen and Jimmy Page continue to influence his songwriting, modern rock acts like The National, Jack White and The Shins have elevated his performance and playing technique. Matarelli released a solo EP Someday in 2013 and has co-written music for film and television. In addition to being a digital marketing expert and senior media sales executive for over a decade, Matarelli can add author to his resume. In 2012, he published the novel All Roads Lead West about a man who changes course in order to follow his true passion.
Matarelli’s drive to constantly evolve his sound and to write songs that reflect his own scars and truths led him to composer and producer Eran Westood. While recording a demo at his studio, the duo cultivated the first creative seeds for Lushcamp. Several years later, writing his novel re-whetted Matarelli’s appetite for making fresh music that comes from his soul and sparked the official start of the Lushcamp project. Westwood and Matarelli wrote and co-produced all material on the band’s self-titled debut.
Fronted by Matarelli and produced by Westwood, Lushcamp will be playing venues in New York City in support of their first release throughout 2016.