Matt Kollar and the Angry Mob

Matt Kollar and the Angry Mob

 Huntington Beach, California, USA

Sometimes soft and pretty other times loud and thrashy folk/indie rock.


Matt Kollar and the Angry Mob is an ongoing musical experiment led by frontman/songwriter Matt Kollar and other permanent members such as vocalist Elizabeth Messick,drummer Nick Mendoza,Bassist Evan Phelan and accordion player Ryan Macleod. Matt Kollar and Ryan Macleod were both born in Paris, France, where they lived together in an orphanage by the seine, playing music together and writing songs at a tender early age. When they were older, the two moved to Orange County, California, and in 2008, the bands first record, Farewell Adventure!, was self-released and recorded in Matt Kollar’s home studio. The songs on the album are a mix of different styles, but generally, all of them have roots in acoustic folk music. The album was received quite well both nationally and internationally. The auto-biographical sea faring love song Shipwrecked, one of the singles for the group, has received airplay all around the states as well as in the UK and Germany. In Farewell Adventure!, Kollar shows his ability to recreate styles of some of his musical idols, such as the Brian Wilson inspired ballad, Surf Song :

Surf Song is a rarity in songs heavily influenced (ie copying) the Beach Boys later, great works in that it is worthwhile and very good. The obvious harmonies are there, but the sheer energy and changes of gear, along with a genuine sense of innocence that few other than Brian Wilson have achieved make this the highlight of a great album.-Penny Black Music UK

The final track on the album shifts from the surf inspired sound to the Irish/Pogues inspired title track Farewell Adventure!:

The closing title song gathers folk influences before freaking out with the band throwing in everything but the kitchen sink. Bluesbunny-UK

And actually, the kitchen sink was used on that track.

Matt Kollar and the Angry Mob live show can change quite often, and is usually unique. The band name is a resemblance of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: if the group isnt always angry, dont be upset, theyre just having a good time. Sometimes, the shows are soft and acoustic, with friends and musicians from other bands coming in to play Mandolin, Accordion, and Banjo. Other times, the group has been known to bring in a Belly Dancer, and other theatrics, to put on an uplifting rock ‘n’ roll show; or they can be loud and thrashy, with Matt Kollar beating his piano like a percussion instrument and the band screeching behind him.

On March 5, 2010, Matt Kollar and the Angry Mob will be releasing their new EP, She Changes Face. She Changes Face is a mix of blues songs, jaunty piano songs, and a slopping of both put together. The six songs on the album showcase the same versatility the band has to offer in their live shows, from the New Orleans jazz sounding grit of “She Changes Face, to the whimsy and Paris-style accordion of To The Night. The album closes with the stripped down longing of Carry The Light and the opera/trombone infused noise of Gotta Get Blue.

This is just the beginning for the band. There are plenty of albums and sounds in the works to be released in the very near future, so stay tuned.


"Farewell Adventure!"-2008
"She Changes Face"-2010

Set List

Our set list can range from 20 minutes to 3 hours mixing in traditional folk songs and arists we like (Tom Waits, Nick Cave,Vashti Bunyan, Leonard Cohen) with our original material.

She Changes Face
To The Night!
Cold Rock Mountain
Winter Is Blue(Vashtii Bunyan)
Birds On A May Morning
Lucinda(Tom Waits)
Who's Gonna Bring The Sun?
Joan Of Arc (Leonard Cohen)
Carry The Light
The Whole World (Outkast)
Sweat (Oingo Boingo)
Farewell Adventure!
More Pretty Girls Than One (Guthrie)
409 Blues
Metaphorical Train Ride in D
Gotta Get Blue
Beautiful Truth
Golden Tower Blues
Minnie The Moocher (Cab)
Blue Skies (Irving Berlin)
Goin Down The Tracks