MATT COSTA | SANTA ROSA FANGS OUT NOW ON DANGERBIRD RECORDS
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR KICKS OFF TOMORROW NIGHT
COSTA CURATES “THE ROAD TO SANTA ROSA FANGS” PLAYLISTS
photo credit: Pamela Littky
Costa is set to tour North America in support of the new record throughout the spring and summer, kicking off tomorrow night at Philadelphia’s Boot & Saddle and including a hometown record release show at Los Angeles’ Troubadour on June 5. See below for a list of performances; tickets are available for purchase at http://mattcosta.com/tour.
Additionally, Costa launched a series of digital mixtapes in the lead-up to the release of Santa Rosa Fangs, each playlist corresponding to a leg of the drive up the California coast as played out by the protagonists who appear throughout the new album. Listen to “The Road to Santa Rosa Fangs” at https://www.mattcosta.com/.
Most recently, MAGNET premiered the video for the single “Sharon” which was filmed at Montana’s iconic Sip N Dip Lounge, a tiki-and-mermaid themed bar at the O’Haire Motor Inn that dates back to the early 1960s. Watch/share the video at https://bit.ly/2L5Epmv. Costa also premiered the album’s first single “I Remember It Well” via Billboard, and AllMusicpremiered the track “Time Tricks,” praising the song’s “sunny shuffle and wistful lyrics.” Watch/share the album trailer at https://youtu.be/Xh0EyQ13vPg.
Produced by Peter Matthew Bauer (The Walkmen) and Nick Stumpf (French Kicks), the songs on Santa Rosa Fangs center around a fictional young woman named Sharon, her two brothers Ritchie and Tony, and their story of love, loss and coming of age in California, replete with long distance love affairs and nostalgic romances. Rather than setting out to create a specific narrative, Costa began noticing a theme in the new songs as he wrote them: an unconscious embodiment of the surroundings in which he himself had grown up.
“I’ve interwoven my own stories into a fictional idea of what Santa Rosa Fangs is, from my own time spent living in Northern and Southern California and years driving up and down the coast, seeing the landscape and where life can pull you within one state,” Costa explains. “It’s the characters’ story and my story, too, contemporary but still tortured by the past. It’s a window into a time period but spoken as if it’s the present. The beauty of love and loss doesn’t have a date on it; it’s timeless.”
Santa Rosa Fangs follows Costa’s 2013 self-titled effort, which was hailed by MTV News as “a full-blown orchestral-pop affair, with strings and horns urging the songs to grand heights and dramatic dynamic shifts,” while American Songwriter included it in their Top 50 Albums of 2013, noting that “everything is meticulously arranged, often with strings, horns and layered backing singing. They effortlessly capture a sweet, innocent, truly captivating folk pop whimsy that never seems forced, pretentious or outdated, even with its obvious reverence for an earlier time.”
In the early 2000s Costa was on his way to becoming a professional skateboarder when he was derailed by a serious injury. He changed his focus to his songwriting and an early demo found its way to No Doubt’s Tom Dumont, who ultimately produced Costa’s early recordings. In the time since Costa’s last full-length record he has kept busy by soundtracking the award-winning documentary Orange Sunshine and independently releasing a series of EPs.
MATT COSTA, SANTA ROSA FANGS
1. I Remember It Well
4. Pacific Grove
5. Santa Rosa Fangs
6. Time Tricks
7. Coming Around
9. Phosphorescent Letter
10. Windy Smile
11. Real Love
12. I Remember It Well #2
MATT COSTA LIVE
May 19 Philadelphia, PA Boot & Saddle*
May 21 Vienna, VA Jammin’ Java*
May 22 Brooklyn, NY Rough Trade*
May 23 Cambridge, MA The Sinclair*
May 25 Toronto, ON Longboat at Great Hall*
May 26 Ann Arbor, MI The Blind Pig*
May 27 Chicago, IL Schuba’s*
May 28 Milwaukee, WI Shank Hall*
May 30 St. Paul, MN The Turf Club*
June 5 Los Angeles, CA The Troubadour†
June 7 Carmel, CA Live in the Vines
July 7 San Francisco, CA Café du Nord†
July 9 Bellingham, WA Wild Buffalo†
July 10 Seattle, WA Tractor Tavern†
July 11 Vancouver, BC Biltmore Cabaret†
July 12 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge†
August 16 Dana Point, CA Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach
* with Elizabeth & the Catapult
† with Katie Toupin (ex-Houndmouth)