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"Made in Buffalo"

By Bob Silvestri

Matt Surowiec’s new CD titled Made In Buffalo is a narrative snapshot of the Queen City. With tracks such as “Sunday Best” which describes the ritual of Sundays during football season in Western New York, “Buffalo Girl” and “Talking Proud”, Surowiec exposes the beauty and warts of the place we call home. The hardships of factory closings is captured perfectly on “Who’s Next In Line” while “Empty Nest” takes on the topic of young adults leaving to find good paying jobs elsewhere. “Deer Hunter “ moves to a Neil Young sound while the lead off track “Now What?” takes a skewed view of the seemingly always-present “WNY connection “ with big media stories ranging from McKinley to O.J. to the Lackawanna Six story. The closing track “A Final Word” reminds the listener to “respect your town, inspect but don’t ever reject your town”. Well-said Matt! For more on Made In Buffalo by Matt Surowiec check out http://www.mattsurowiec.com/ - www.bestofwny.com (June 2004)


"Blue-collar tunes"

Singer and songwriter Matt Surowiec celebrates the release of his CD "Made in Buffalo" with a performance at 7PM Saturday in Borders Books and Music, 2015 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. He'll be joined by drummer Eric Earsing. Surowiec uses characters and stories that are Buffalo-based but carry universal appeal in his songs he describes as "dirt in the fingernails folk-rock story songs commenting on life as seen through the eyes of a blue-collar native Western New Yorker." Surowiec's goal? To "elevate Buffalo's reputation by painting mind-stimulating stories of comic and tragic characters from the past, present and future."
-Toni Ruberto - The Buffalo News (November 2003)


"Surowiec is geared up to play at Central Park Grill"

By Janel Armstrong
Night & Day
BUFFALO - He has no desire to be rich.
No yearning to become famous.
Singer/songwriter Matt Surowiec just wants to make people happy.
"If I can make people enjoy their evening or have a better time, that's what it's about," he said. "I just like to express myself. If I became famous accidentally that'd be fine, but it's not my goal."
With a CD set to be released at the end of the summer, and his first single, "I'm Going Home," playing on WBNY 91.3 FM., the Buffalo native is gearing up for a little more attention.
"I submitted a demo to the program director and he asked me to come to the studio and play some songs on the air, and since then, it's been playing," he said.
But the attention isn't anything new for the musician who's been making music since he was 5.
"My friend’s oldest sister played a KISS record for me when I was five. They looked like super heroes that played music. I'd run around using a tennis racket as a guitar and once I used marker to paint my face - just to look like them," Surowiec said.
A self-taught multi-instrumentalist, Surowiec says he can learn just about any instrument.
"I'm only trained on trombone. I learned to read music from that, and now I use that to teach myself other instruments," he said. "I can usually learn to play it if I have enough time to fool around with it."
He even plays music from country to hard rock.
"I go from one (sound) to another,"he said, and his "goal is to keep exploring new musical territory."
"I'm musically curious. I get bored easily."
However, when asked what type of music he plays, he can't pinpoint an exact genre. "I'm not sure where I fit in yet. I'm not saying that I'm unclassified, I'm just not sure what format I fit into," he said.
Surowiec's sound comes from influences like Tom Petty, John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Nirvana and KISS. - "I mix the song writing and storytelling of John Mellencamp with Tom Petty and play with the intensity of KISS and Soul Asylum," Surowiec said.
Though he's only been playing the coffeehouse circuit for three years, he's said it's the preparation that adds up.
"Everything before this was preparation," Surowiec said. "I wanted to be ready; I wanted the best timing."
- The Niagara Gazette (July 2003)


"Backstage Pass - Matt Surowiec"

What acoustic performer Matt Surowiec lacks in wattage, he more than makes up for in experience. A local boy with a penchant for telling tales, Surowiec began singing at age five and playing guitar at age 13; at the current stage of his musical journey, he is entertaining caffeine junkies at coffeehouses across Western New York. The strummer has recently compiled his work, which is primarily influenced by Tom Petty and John Mellencamp, on a CD to be released this summer entitled "Made in Buffalo". The release will feature folk rock stories about life inside and outside of Buffalo. His upcoming shows include stops at Cafe 59, Clarence Center Coffee Co, Starbucks, Central Park Grill, and an Elvis Costello tribute show at the Continental. Check out exclusive MP3s, view photos from past performances, and see up-to-date show listings online at mattsurowiec.com - After Six Magazine (June 2003)


Discography

Four Track Demos (LP) - 2002
Made in Buffalo (LP) - 2003
AM Super-Hits! (EP) - 2004
WBNY Live 8-5-2004 (LP) - 2004
THE WORKS LIVE 6-23-2005 (LP) - 2005

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Bio

2004 Buffalo Music Award Nominee Matt Surowiec came into this musical world at age 5. After a marathon rendition of “Dixie” on a toy piano, this son of a salesman and grandson of a carpenter earned his first standing ovation when his mother dragged him out of the department store. He started writing songs the following year, and received his first guitar at age 13. A restless, self-taught, musically curious multi-instrumentalist, Matt can play guitar, bass, drums, piano, harmonica, accordion, recorder, and the Ozark Mountain harp.

Since the year 2000, Matt has entertained at cafes, nightclubs, and coffeehouses throughout the Northeastern United States. His latest projects are mini-concept albums, independently recorded and produced in his home studio.

The first, "AM Super-Hits!" recalls the early days of rock and roll on AM radio. The album was mixed in mono, and echoes the classic and vintage sound of The Lovin’ Spoonful, The Bee Gees, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Roy Orbison, and Simon and Garfunkel

The second album, titled "8-Track Flashback", follows music into the late 1960's and early 1970's, when FM stereo became popular. This album was inspired by Matt's collection of vintage 8 track cartridges, and by listening to music late at night with headphones allowing the musical spectrum to glow inside your mind. Watch the fancy colours materialize through songs influenced by Chicago, The Who, Paul McCartney, Rod Stewart, and Billy Joel.

As if 2 new solo discs were no enough to keep him busy, the ever prolific Surowiec is also working on the debut release for his new band “THE WORKS”. Combining elements of rock, jazz, and country, its style and sound will definitely appeal to a wide audience.

Matt’s first independent CD, “Made in Buffalo" was released in November 2003. The goal of this CD was to elevate Buffalo's reputation and enhance Buffalo's image by romanticizing its past, present, and people. Matt’s efforts were not limited to mere observation – three years ago he spearheaded an ongoing campaign to preserve Buffalo Memorial Auditorium until the building could be redeveloped. The caretaking efforts have proved successful, as Bass Pro Shops have recently acquired the building with the intention of building a superstore near the entranceway to the Erie Canal and Buffalo Harbor.

Matt’s other projects include collecting vintage toys, vinyl records, and various degrees. In addition to music, Matt enjoys hockey, painting, and reading back issues of MAD Magazine.

What others are saying…

“I got your CD today and enjoyed the lyrics. Very Buffalo and very true”
John L. Paul , Infinity Broadcasting Corporation Regional Program Manager

"Love that ‘folk with an edge’ sound"
Peter Anderson, host of Adelphia cable’s "Crossroads A13" TV Program

"the songwriting of John Mellencamp with Tom Petty...and the intensity of KISS." The Niagara Gazette’s Night and Day magazine.

“Whether intentional or not, influences of both Bob Dylan and The Band are instantly apparent. The storytelling is interesting. The vocals are angry and compelling. I wish Dylan could (or would) have played harmonica this good. The fact that this song was seemingly recorded live makes this effort all the more impressive. I will be seeking out more music by this performer.”
“Tricentennial” - Garageband.com review from Hickory, North Carolina