The crooner from Philadelphia is a recent transplant to the City of Angels and has takes his background and East Indian influences on his 2014 release, Liberation! Cut to three years later, Peter Matthew Bauer has just wrapped his new album and transcended the night with a collection of mystically moody love songs that had the fans wanting more. The multi-instrumentalist is a founding member of The Recoys and New York’s The Walkmen but after an indefinite hiatus in 2013; Peter Matthew Bauer is doing it on his own and striking gold at his live shows. L.A.’s Bootleg Theater was treated to just a taste of what Bauer has in store with his next album.
Dressed in his trademark suit and opened collared shirt, the guitarists alternated between acoustic and electric guitars when he kicked it up a notch on the track “Latin American Ficciones” and “Irish Wake In Varanasi (For Big Pete Devlin).” Playing a mix of new songs from his forthcoming album, Liberation! got a fair share of love during the set. Bauer added a tidbit about the song “Philadelphia Raga” stating, “Me and Mauricio moved out here two years ago from the great city of Philadelphia. This one’s about our weird and wonderful friends there but I actually wrote in Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Not a good space.” The crowd laughed it off as he continued with the hypnotizing drone of the dual guitars that melted into the song’s strumming chorus.
Creating harmonious Americana music that drives through the soul, Peter Matthew Bauer has been compared to Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan. The twang of Dylan echoed in Bauer’s new track, “Hold Onto Someone” while the driving beat of “Irish Wake In Varanasi (For Big Pete Devlin)” felt like something of Tom Petty & The Heartbreaker’s self-titled debut album. Cosmic sounds from the dreamy “Shiva The Destroyer” doused the crowd in an eternal glow from an unknown source. Bauer even got into the zone as he danced around the stage feeling the music crawling out of him. “I feel like I know way to many of you to be up here dancing around like an asshole,” Bauer commented. The crowd accepted his charade and welcomed more of that energy as he turned it up on the last song of the night, “You Are Chapel.”
With openers Reverend Baron and Butch Bastard, Peter Matthew Bauer was in good company as the collective of talented musicians thoroughly entertained the room. The fans await Bauer’s next release and leave them waiting in suspended animation until then. More info on Peter Matthew Bauer’s tour dates and release at his website.
Hold Onto Someone
Latin American Ficciones
Irish Wake In Varanasi (For Big Pete Devlin)
Full Moon In the Sky
I Ching Alama Alan Thrall
Shiva The Destroyer
You Are Chapel