Matt Vucic

Matt Vucic

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Sweaty but sublime fusion of rock, jazz, funk and soul tailor made to get you out of your seat!

Biography

The Bull And I is the slick, eclectic debut album from drummer / songwriter / producer Matt Vucic. (Pronounced view-sick). Combining Rock, Soul, and African styles, Matt has created a contemporary collection of songs that move the listener along much like a film score.

Originally from Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Matt has spent the last 13 years living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has had the opportunity to work with many talented artists, whether in the recording studio or on the road touring. Liz Berlin, a solo artist who was a part of acclaimed National act Rusted Root called on Matt’s extraordinary drum talents on her recent release “AudioBioGraphical”. He also tours with her. Mr. Small’s Funhouse (Theater and recording studio, Pittsburgh PA) has become Matt’s second home where he is consistently called upon for his expertise in recording, production, and live performances. Matt has played drums with Mark Dignam (Folk singer/songwriter) and has recorded with bass player / songwriter / producer Benjy Myaz (Rhythm Kings Band, Jimmy Cliff, Toots and the Maytals, and Solo Artist). He was a co-founder of the Yves Jean Band (Rock), touring extensively and recording drums on two of the bands albums - Been Many Days Empty and Rise above Your Surroundings. With these and various other projects, Matt has become a multifaceted talent in music, and his skill shines on his debut album.

“As a drummer, I was fortunate to be exposed to some of the best musicians and music instructors in central Pennsylvania. They taught me the importance of the fundamentals in music and discipline. . I owe so much to them. They helped shape who I am", Matt says. His influences as a musician run the gamut from Bob Dylan to Miles Davis to film score composers to the heart and soul of R&B and Funk James Brown. As a songwriter, Matt recognizes a different influence as well. “I didn’t realize the impact that my parents had on me as a songwriter until later in life. All the James Taylor, Crosby Stills and Nash, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, and U2 they had me listening to has surfaced and is shaping my career, I realize that now. When I was growing up….all that really mattered was drums.”

The Bull And I is not a “drummer’s” album. The focus of the record is not to show off drum chops. Its strength lies in the songwriting, musicianship, production, and rhythm. “If I had to pick the biggest influence for The Bull And I, I would pick Paul Simon. Listen closely, Paul Simon’s influence is all over that record.” Matt enlisted top-flight musicians for the project and created an opportunity for them to work their musical magic. The ethereal Jody Abbott (Squonk opera, Solo artist) and the soulful Bruce Harris (Studio artist) are featured vocalists. Along with bass player Anthony Pecora (Mandrake Project, Studio musician), guitarist Jon Check (Songwriter) and sax player Jason May (Doctor Zoot, Studio musician) Matt leads the listener along with strong, “in-the-pocket” rhythms and atmospheric melody from beginning to end.

“I’m proud of The Bull And I. It was my first attempt at songwriting, arranging, and producing and I think it turned out well. I also owe so much to the musicians that played on the album. But my eyes are always looking forward.”

Matt continues to write new material drawing on many influences of music. He also continues to hone his production skills with several different projects. With his new songs and many of the same musicians who recorded on this album, Matt has shifted his focus to creating a live show that will leave audiences wanting more.

Lyrics

Ride Until I Die

Written By: Matt Vucic

I’m on an open road tonight

With a book open to write

It’s a wisp of thought that’s gone

The shell of an empty song

Gonna ride until I die

Don’t need no reason why

If you say your love is true

I got an open seat for you

Like a pearl beneath the sea

This illusion that grips me

Like a horse that runs to fast

Like a sky of shattered glass

Gonna ride until I die

Don’t need no reason why

If you say your love is true

I got an open seat for you

Break

It’s a day of wasted time

With a draw of twisted lines

I should take some time to breath

What a tangled web I weave

But I ride until I die

Don’t need no reason why

If you say your love is true

I got an open seat for you

Copywrite 2005 Matt Vucic

Card I Play

Written By: Matt Vucic

On a rusty day he waits for the south bound train

Marked with a flush of fear on a face of shame

It was just six hours ago that he left the scene

The work of a perfect score and a bag of green

Card to play

Across the station an old man sits

With the look of a thousand days on a wind scorn lip

He said son I read your eyes like a book

Its been twelve years since that same train I took

Card to play

Break

See I laced my heart with the gold I stole

And I walked a line to the devil’s soul

I sit here now you see torn a fray

And I have nothing left but the card I played

The card I played

Copywrite 2005 Matt Vucic

House By The Sea

Written By: Matt Vucic

It’s a pull of emotion, as I step outside

The cut of the moon, through a frosty night

Home, where we will be

Home, where we will be

An empty house, is a waste indeed

Where will you go, in your time of need?

Home, where we will be

Home, where we will be

Break

I’ve seen dusty trails and cities of greed

The helpful the hopeful the hearts that bleed

But in your glance I see me true

A sea of balance from me to you

Home, where we will be

Home, where we will be

Well it’s a short walk down a twisted road

To our house by the sea

If you stay here right by my side

In solace I will sleep

Copywrite 2005 Matt Vucic

Discography

The Bull And I 2005 (Independent)

Set List

Currently only touring with male Vocalist.

Set Time: 30 min - 1 hr.

Set List: Songs from the album "The Bull And I", 6 "new" songs, and a few covers (ex. Rubberband Man, The Spinners)