The Matt Burke Band

The Matt Burke Band

 Edgewater, Florida, USA
BandRockAdult Contemporary

The Matt Burke Band has worked hard since their debut album release in 2010 to develop a large social media following of over 17,000 fans in over 45 countries and consistently increase their live show fan base in both the Midwest and Central Florida markets. With the bluesy backbone of the Black Keys, the clever pop sensibility of Jason Mraz, and the classic songwriting and storytelling ability of Paul Simon, MBB consistently delivers hook-laden, feel-good songs with serious commercial appeal.

Biography

Singer/songwriter Matt Burke and lead guitarist Brue Baker, the rootsy and eclectic musical forces behind the emerging Matt Burke Band (MBB), spent the better part of a decade living hundreds of miles apart—Burke in Chicago and Baker in Florida— and relied heavily on technology to build an online presence, develop a large social media following of over 17,000 fans in over 45 countries, and consistently increase their live show fan base in both the Midwest and Central Florida markets. With the bluesy backbone of the Black Keys, the clever pop sensibility of Jason Mraz, and the classic songwriting and storytelling ability of Paul Simon, MBB consistently delivers hook-laden, feel-good songs with serious commercial appeal.

Burke and Baker first met when attending college at Stetson University in DeLand, FL and soon began to perform covers as a duo at local bars and restaurants. Upon graduating Stetson, Burke relocated to Michigan to pursue a PhD in psychology at Michigan State University, and Baker stayed behind in Florida to start his own business. Over the course of the next few years, Burke realized how out of place he was in academia, and became more and more drawn towards a life of songwriting and performance. Burke quit his graduate program and moved to Chicago – the closest big city with promise for an up-and-coming songwriter. Here, Burke immersed himself in the local music scene, performing in several successful cover bands and as a solo artist, and focusing extensively on developing his songwriting, guitar playing, and vocal abilities. Working as a cover artist in Chicago taught Burke to be an energetic and engaging front man, and provided him the opportunity to play venues including the Cubby Bear, Chicago House of Blues, Hard Rock Café, Navy Pier, and Horseshoe and Blue Chip casinos.

In 2010, MBB independently recorded their debut album, Pretty Close to Very Good, and released the album to glowing reviews across independent channels online. MBB’s unique style of “soulcoustic beach rock” immediately drew attention to the band and their songs and presented some new opportunities. During this time, Burke was invited to several private auditions for NBC's "The Voice," the band was played on several terrestrial and satellite radio channels, and the band earned a 5th place finish among 400+ national bands in Charter's Battle of the Bands Competition. Over the next few years, the band recorded and released several new singles online in an attempt to develop and test a newer, more mature sound. These singles became the foundation of the band’s sophomore full length album, Shortly Shy of Almost There, due out in early 2015.

In late 2014, Burke made the decision to move back to coastal Florida, reunite with Baker, and develop the Matt Burke Band as the best possible live act to support the release of the group’s sophomore album. The new material demonstrates a maturation on Burke’s part as a songwriter and stretches across genres – sometimes bluesy, and at other times reminiscent of classic Americana –while always telling truly relatable stories and maintaining a strong pop sensibility. MBB is currently looking for music licensing opportunities in TV and film, as well as any opportunity to expand their fan base into other regional markets through live shows.   

Lyrics

The Weekend War

Written By: Matt Burke

Well that minute hand you know it’s making its move
As it keeps cruising on its way down to five
Anticipation, waiting, shutting down the day
As I keep watching for that time to arrive
Another week is done, we’re gonna’ have some fun
We’ll get on out there and we’ll blow off some steam
I’m glancin’ up again, as it’s that time my friend
To go meet up with Mr. Daniels and Beam

Hey now, hey mama hey now hey
The weekend has come and we have got to obey
And if the feelings right then we’ll get taken away
I said a hey, mama, hey
Hey now, hey mama, hey now hey
We’ll get well into the night before we call it a day
And as the evening ends we’ll sleep on through half the day
I said now hey, mama, hey

I’m jumping out the cab and starting up a tab
At some old dive bar that I’ve been in before
And as the rounds go down there’s not a single frown
On anyone except the guy at the door
The band is kicking in just when the drinks set in
I haven’t got a single worry in mind
Just then a lemon drop, you know it hits the spot
I think this night is gonna’ work out just fine

Hey now hey mama hey now hey
I’ll talk your ear off but I got nothing to say
And if the feelings right then we’ll get taken away
I said a hey, mama, hey
Hey now hey mama hey now hey
I’m loving this night and though I’m starting to sway
You know I’m feeling alright and I just had to convey it
Said a hey, mama hey

Hey now yeah mama hey now hey
We got nowhere to go but we got somewhere to stay
And if the feeling’s right then we will have to obey
Said a hey mama hey
Hey now hey mama hey now hey
If you follow my lead I’ll never lead you astray
Let’s get this party on there’s no time to delay
I said now hey, mama, hey
Hey now yeah mama hey now hey
We got nowhere to go but we got somewhere to stay
And if the feeling’s right then we’ll get taken away
I Said a hey mama hey
Hey now yeah mama hey now hey
If you follow my lead I’ll never lead you astray
Let’s get this party on there’s no time to delay
I said now hey, mama, hey

Well that second hand you know it’s making its way
As it keeps cruising on its way down to two
And where we go from here don’t matter much my dear
As long as I’ll be heading there with you
The night has reached its end, I say goodbye to friends
I grab your hand and then we head out the door
And as we stumble home I’m glad I’m not alone
And wondering what early morning has in store

Said a Hey now yeah mama hey now hey
We got nowhere to go but we got somewhere to stay
And if the feeling’s right then we’ll get taken away
I Said a hey mama hey
Hey now yeah mama hey now hey
If you follow my lead I’ll never lead you astray
Let’s get this party on there’s no time to delay
I said now hey, mama, hey

End of Time

Written By: Matt Burke

Has it always been this way?
Haven’t we all been through the same thing before?
Feels like the coming of an age
But what does that mean anyway , somehow
Can’t help but wonder all the same

Don’t know where it goes
Not sure where we’ve been
Surely no one knows in what direction we are headed
And I can’t help but see the signs…

Well I’m waiting
For the end of time
To watch the world come falling down as
As if it happened by design
And I’ve wasted
The endlessness of time
Watching the world keep spinnin’ round and
I Watch society’s decline

But what’s a date anyways?
A string of numbers made up in the same way
But who’s to say today’s a different one than all the ones before it
Can’t help but wonder all the same

The closing chapter of a book
The ending scene is on the stage
I hope the prophecy’s mistook
But the writing’s clearly on the walls and
I can’t help but wonder why

Said I’m waiting
For the end of time
To watch the world come falling down as
As if it happened by design
And I’ve wasted
The endlessness of time
Watching the world keep spinnin’ round and
I Watch society’s decline

School

Written By: Matt Burke

I used to sit behind her in school
She used to hang with all the cool kids while all the cool kids were out acting cool
And as the days went by
You know I realized
I used to sit behind her in school

And I always tried my best
To not get noticed getting lost in the back of her neck in the back of that dress
But secretly, I hoped she'd notice me
And I always tried my best

Yeah the girl was fine
Running around each day and night inside of my head
And though she wasn't mind
I cherished every time we shared that class instead

I used to sit behind her in school
I used to sit behind her in school

It was a high school crush I know
But it felt so real in my teenage heart so many years ago
I thought that we would be
And she was meant for me
But that's how high school crushes go

And every morning in that class
I didn't care about my homework, my grade on the test, or whether or not I would pass
I only showed 'cause she - that girl astounded me
Every morning in that class

Yeah the girl was fine
And in some fantasy world somewhere that girl could be mine
But back in the real world
She's unattainable so she'll have to be that girl

I used to sit behind her in school
I used to sit behind her in school

Time goes on you know my heart beats stronger
Thoughts keep on slipping away
And over time you know the heart grows fonder
Thinking about a brighter day
Memories you know they travel slowly
Stumbling along a lifetime of memory
We all move on and watch our ages growing
Thinking now, I gotta say

I used to sit behind her in school
I used to sit behind her in school

The City

Written By: Matt Burke

The city swells right beside me in the neon light
The evening chill's deep inside me, and the timing is right
I've taken my time, with the nighttime, feeling good in my skin
And we've had a wild time, dropped a fine dime, when's this night gonna' end?

Just got one goal in my head - I gotta get back home
Wish I could stay but instead, I've gotta' get back home

Ain't got no bills in my pocket, where'd my last 20 go?
That bartender should've stopped it, you know we're out of control
These blurry lines are entertained with the lights hanging low
And these warning signs bring to mind so many evenings before

It's time to head for that door, I've gotta' get back home
Ain't got no time for one more, I'm trying' to get back home
I gotta' get back home

Where's my wallet?
Where's my keys?
I think I left my shades at the bar, now whose are these?
Where'm I goin'?
What's the time?
If I can get my head to my bed then I think everything is gonna' be just fine

I said one for the money, two for the show
Three's a little whisky and four's a little more
Five I'm feeling fine, six if you insist
Seven's in my head and number eight I can't resist

It's time to head for that door, I've gotta' get back home
Ain't got no time for one more, I'm trying' to get back home
I gotta' get back home
I gotta' get back home

Fading Faces

Written By: Matt Burke

I’m-a start ya’ll of with a thing I’ve seen, I’ve noticed
Good friends are few and far between, so many
Faces come and faces go
There’s people in and out my life like a revolving door, I got a
Small handful of folks I trust
You know those good-timing kids, you know those folks like us
I think of friends I used to have every now and then
And I’d like to tell you all about a couple of them

Third grade I didn’t know no one
I was the new kid on the playground in the Florida sun
But soon my social anxiety I had to confront
When up walked a kid by the name of Mitch Hunt, well it
Turned out he lived a block from me
We spent the summer riding bikes and building forts in trees
But when the summer closed down, you know he went away
Won’t you listen real close to the words I’m saying

Mitch Hunt where the fuck’d you go?
Mitch Hunt where the fuck you been, come on now
Mitch Hunt where the fuck’d you go
I think about you time again and I’d just like to know, I said-a
Mitch Hunt where the fuck’d you go?
Mitch Hunt where the fuck you been, come on now
Mitch Hunt where the fuck’d you go
I think about you time to time and I’d just like to know

Well it wasn’t all good, in the seventh grade
There was this bully in the school that made us kids afraid
He’d try to push us all around and try to take our cash
And if he’s listening right now well he can kiss my ass
That kid couldn’t gone nowhere
He probably ended up in prison for some crime somewhere
Now other prisoners bully him every night and day
Because there’s justice in the world and I just have to say

Punk bully where the fuck’d you go, come on now
Punk kid where the fuck you at, I mean-a
Punk bully where the fuck’d you go
I hope that karma’s come around and I just have to know
Punk bully where the fuck’d you go, come on now
Punk kid where the fuck you at, I mean-a
Punk bully where the fuck’d you go
I hope that karma’s come around and I’d just love to know

All these faces from my past
One last visit then they fade away
These relationships won’t last, people have a way of sneaking one past ya’
But when they do you know you got to say

I love-a everyone of ya’ll you mean the world to me
I’m talking everyone of ya’ll that’s never absentee
You’re shining diamonds in a sea of mediocrity
And I thank you right now for all you’ve done for me
You’re the ones that make this life worthwhile
When I’m feeling down and out you make me crack a smile
I got your back through thick and thin and know you’d do the same
So just sit back, relax, and feel the words I’m saying

Good friends, yeah you’re always here
Good people that I hold so dear, come on now
Good friends I couldn’t do without
I hope that everybody here know what I’m talking about, I said-a
Good friends, you know they’re always here
Good people that we hold so dear, come on now
Good friends I couldn’t do without
And I know that everybody know what I’m talking about

And all these faces from my past
I love them each before they fade away
These relationships that last, well people have a way of sneaking ‘em passed ya’
And when they do, you know you gotta say-

Discography

EP: Hungover and Rushing (2006)

EP: The Fort Wayne Sessions (2008)

LP: Pretty Close to Very Good (2010)

Digital Single: The City (2012)

Digital Single: End of Time (2012)

Set List

ORIGINALS: The Weekend War, Cover to Cover, One Step at a Time, Superstar, School, White Collar Blues, Moonshine Porcelain, Another Sad Song, The Ride, Before the Rain, Falling to Pieces, Follow You Down, 6000 Miles, Unscathed.
COVERS: Angel From Montgomery, Long Black Veil, Black, Turn The Page, House of Rising Sun, Wish You Were Here, Jolene, Bartender, Coming Down, Last Kiss, Wicked Game, Fire and Rain, Babylon, In Your Eyes, For What It’s Worth, Don’t Drink The Water, Rocketman, Dock of the Bay, Burn One Down, Wonderwall, If You Could Only See, Watchtower, Where is My Mind, Say It Ain’t So, No Rain, Come On Get Higher, Give Me One Reason, Lookin’ Out My Back Door, Feel Like Making Love, Hey Julie, Fire, Water, Burn, Fire on the Mountain, Country Roads, Bubbletoes, Flake , No Woman No Cry, Rivers of Babylon, Redemption Song, Folsom Prison Blues, Seen The Rain, Save Tonight, Laid, Call Me Al, Since U Been, Gone Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Bananas and Blow, Ob-La-Di, Land Down Under,