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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #18 Nov-Dec 1998

Matt The Electrician

Baseball Song (Chez Dre)

Matt Sever really is a regular blue-collar type of guy. An electrician by day and a singer-songwriter at night, he’d been knocking around the Austin scene for a couple years when he struck up a friendship with up-and-coming young singer-songwriter Ana Egge. Like almost everyone else who has heard him, Egge was impressed with Matt’s simple yet inspiring songs and stories, and introduced him to drummer/producer Dave Sanger of Asleep At The Wheel.

Sanger, who performs both those duties on Baseball Song, has captured the innocence of Sever’s music, giving it just enough of a foundation to keep it interesting while retaining its charming glow. Sever’s lyrics capture everyday feelings and situations with a naive, straightforward gracefulness.

The title track is sure to hit home with true baseball fans: “There’s nothing better than sitting out in center field/It’s noon and you’re drunk like it’s midnight/Eleven runs down and there’s no one around/And we’re doing the wave, just the two of us.” The tune displays a love for the game and a delightful way of viewing life in a way that no else has quite expressed before in song. Most of Baseball Song is similarly direct and entertaining, an impressive debut that makes Matt The Electrician a songwriter to watch.

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Originally Featured in Issue #18 Nov-Dec 1998

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