The Suitcase Junket , informally known as Matt Lorenz, was the result of a random night searching for a show to go to. The initial attraction to the show being the artist's rustic look and casual folk-rock sound as well as the intimate feel of the venue, Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, Georgia. Once he had started performing, it was immediately evident that I had made the absolute best choice on how to spend my evening. Lorenz was eclectic, energetic, and truly original. The Suitcase Junket is a solo artist but is accompanied on stage by a collection of homemade instruments, which he not only manages to play simultaneously, but with such chaotic unity that it creates a show and sound unlike anything I’ve ever seen. He took a moment out of the show to “introduce the band,” and charmingly explained each of the instruments construction and purpose. A few examples would be a kick-drum he created out of a tin pan and a baby shoe propped up by half of a stool and a wooden plank, and a guitar he found lying in a trash can.
Lorenz uses overtones casually as melodies in his music in a way that creates a sound that causes you to question where it’s coming from. O vertones are musical tones that are a part of the harmonic series above a fundamental note that may be heard with it. They are one of the most difficult things simply for an artist to do, yet The Suitcase Junket has mastered them. During a break in the set he spoke about overtones and the way he learned them. To add to my utter amazement and admiration, he went on to explain that the first time he made the “odd whistling sound,” he was driving in his car and messing around with various sounds. After six years and extensive driving, he has found, alongside his extreme talent for multitasking and innovative style, a niche that puts him at the top of the list of unique up-and-coming artists.
Each song was performed masterfully, but there was something immaculate about a song he performed early on in the set, On Our Own. On Our Own was one of the more instrumentally involved songs that he played, played in a frantic manner you had to wonder how he managed to produce even a clear sound out of it. Yet the song sounded beautiful and energetic, every word clear to the audience. He closed the show with a ballad by the name of Red Flannel Rose, as well as an audience inclusive upbeat song called Mountain of Mind. Lorenz united the audience during Red Flannel Rose through the teaching and inclusion of part of the chorus, the shared energy the perfect way to end the show. With The Suitcase Junket’s drive, talent, and unique artistry it is evident that he will continue to grow his following through his music career, and continue to find more and more success in the music industry.