Mathew Sydney

Mathew Sydney

 Palm Beach, Florida, USA
BandRockSinger/Songwriter

In an age when an independent artist needs to be an expert in marketing, business and theater, Mathew Sydney is the complete package. His music features elements of pop, rock and folk and his live shows stand out as much for the warmth of his personality as for his distinctive velvety voice.

Biography

A consummate entertainer, Mathew Sydney has been a composer, actor and visual artist since an early age. His influences include classic rock giants such as Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles and The Beach Boys; pop sensations such as Pink, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Maroon5 and alternative artists such as R.E.M, The B-52's, Neko Case, The New Pornographers and Aimee Mann.

Sydney began performing at open mics in 2005 and by 2009 he was headlining his own shows at coffeehouses and clubs. Not one to simply strum away on his guitar, Sydney engages his audience through storytelling, conversation and dry humor. There is a story behind every song: sometimes funny, sometimes serious but always uplifting.

A devoted supporter of his fellow independent artists, Sydney also hosts a weekly internet radio show (http://blogtalkradio.com/indieflorida) where he features music by and interviews other artists. His live performances are also structured in a 'variety show' format, creating a showcase for audiences to experience other talented artists as well as Sydney's original music.

'The Game' (released in Feb, 2012) highlights his versatility as a composer with songs that feature elements of rock, jazz, folk, dance and psychedelia.

Sydney is currently at work on his follow-up album, which will include show favorites such as "Slow Burn," "Texas Hold Me" and "Mercedes and Lexus." He is also composing a rock opera that he describes as "a cross between 'Jesus Christ Superstar' and 'Rent.'"

Lyrics

Blackbird (Follow Him Down)

Written By: Mathew Sydney

blackbird, blackbird, blackbird
follow him down in the valley at night
whisper my love in his ear tonight
speak my words, bring him back to the light

wildcat, wildcat, wildcat
follow him down in the valley every day
should the shadows threaten him, drive away
use your claws, use your fangs, lead the way

nightmare, nightmare, nightmare
follow him down in the valley 'til he's free
run beside him, should he tire be his steed
let him ride you, take the path back to me
when he mounts you, bring him home back to me

blackbird, wildcat, nightmare
follow him down in the valley all his days
may he know i'm beside him all the way
that this spell will protect him on his way
that my spell will protect him all his days

You Know My Name

Written By: Mathew Sydney

with the wind standing at your back
whatever can you fear?
and with the trees standing by your side
you know i'm always here

so call me, just call me, just call me, you know my name

i was playing with the lion cub
and singing with the whale
when you gaze upon the setting sun
you know my arms are always there

to hold you, i'll hold you, i'll hold you, just call my name

you found me dancing way up in the hills
you found me under sea
and in the fingers of your lover's touch
and that's where he found me

you know me, you know me, you know me, i'm everywhere

Touch Me Like That

Written By: Mathew Sydney

d'dont touch me like that 'cos i just can't take it
don't touch me like that 'cos i don't wanna face it
don't touch me like that 'cos i just can take it
be good, be good, be good

you know i got a man standing over there
and i know that it looks like he just don't care
but your moves turn me on and life just isn't fair
so be good, be good, be good

stay right here
right here by my side
don't be shy
this is our favorite ride
when you shine
we will always be bright

d'don't touch me like that 'cos i just can't take it
don't touch me like that 'cos i don't wanna face it
don't touch me like that 'cos i just can't take it
be good, be good, be good

when you hit the floor to my favorite song
i was talking to that dude, knew it wouldn't take long
but then you caught my eye with those red hot thighs
and i'm gone, i'm gone, i'm gone

stay right here
right here by my side
don't be shy
this is our favorite ride
when you shine
we will always be bright

oh when you touch me - it's too good
oh when you touch me - it's so good
come on and touch me - it's too good
come on and touch me - it's so good

my favorite song is the one that we danced together
my favorite song is the one that we sang together
my favorite song is the one that i'll sing forever

Blue Car

Written By: Mathew Sydney

blue car driving with my blue soul in the back seat
sitting cold, cold
in my red car lost because your red soul riding shotgun
told me where to go, go

on the highway
back and forth is our way
passing on the freeway
it's really getting old, old

blue car, running every red light you can't even see me
in your broken mirror
in my red car, tailgate you at midnight pull up where you park
and slip into your rear door

on the highway
back and forth is our way
passing on the freeway
it's really getting old, old

gonna break down
heading for a shakedown
you know this whole town
knows what we are

gonna break down
listening to my sound
gonna break down
and fall back into my arms

Stacked Against You

Written By: Mathew Sydney

I was tied up on the bathroom floor
when you found me i was a tweaked out freezing whore
you tried to undo those knots
but you ain't no sailor you got tangled up in my thoughts

got a warning for you
it's kinda twisted but true
don't be playing with knots that you can't undo

i was trying to sleep it off
when you called me saying, 'babe, i need to get off'
i called you back but you weren't around
you say you want me when you're chasing dick down town

got a warning for you
it's kinda twisted but true
don't be chasing clouds
when the sky is blue

i was too high i couldn't find my way when you said,
'f*** it, let's just drive out to LA'
i really thought that you could get us there
but not with three flats and just one spare

got a warning for you
it's kinda twisted but true
don't play me
when the cards are stacked against you

Little Hunter

Written By: Mathew Sydney

there's a ghost that's been haunting you
he knows all the shadows you hide
and there's a man that's been trailing you
he sees right through all your lies

it's been a long time - it's been a long, long time

i seen you kissing behind the wall
a man that you don't even love
you take some whiskey but you refuse
the wine that you really want

you better watch out boy - there's nowhere to hide
i'm creeping in, into your mind - i'm sneaking inside

waking up all those memories
no way you can put them aside
summer nights when you howled with me
oh, we'll run together again

you better watch out boy - there's nowhere to hide
i'm creeping in, into your mind - i'm sneaking inside

run through the woods, thought i'd lose the scent
but i'm still hot on your trail
little hunter, chase little game
oh, but the master is tracking you down

wake up the wolves, they gonna howl for me
wake up boy and they'll set you free

step into the circle
step into the circle
step into my circle

Discography

"The Fiddler" (digital single) 2012

The Game (full-length studio album) 2012

"You Know My Name" (digital single) 2011

"Stacked Against You (Acoustic)" (digital single) 2010

"Blackbird (Acoustic)" (digital single) 2010

"Don't Push (Acoustic)" (digital single) 2010

Drank Too Much (EP, acoustic/live) 2010

Set List

Wild Horses (Rolling Stones)
Blue Car (Mathew Sydney)
Stacked Against You (Mathew Sydney)
Who's Crying Now (Journey)
Phoenix (Mathew Sydney)
Lost in the Game (Mathew Sydney)
Coinleach Glas an Fhomhair (Traditional, Irish)
Texas Hold Me (Mathew Sydney)
Please Don't Leave Me (Pink)

(intermission)

Don't be Shy (Cat Stevens)
The Fiddler (Mathew Sydney)
Don't Push (Mathew Sydney)
Down (Jay Sean)
Drank Too Much (Mathew Sydney)
Little Hunter (Mathew Sydney)
Dreams (Fleetwood Mac)
You Know My Name (Mathew Sydney)
Blackbird (Mathew Sydney)
Paparazzi (Lady Gaga)