Friday, September 21, 2012

CD Review: Scrapomatic Brings "A Stranger" To Connecticut

From New York City comes the blues, roots band Scrapomatic with a brand new album entitled “I’m A Stranger And I Love The Night.” The album was released back in August through Landslide Records and hit #3 on the iTunes Blues Chart and #1 on the Finnish iTunes Blues Chart. Singer/songwriter Mike Mattison started Scrapomatic thirteen year ago with fellow singer Paul Olsen. As the band’s popularity grew, Mattison received a call from The Allman Brothers’ guitarist Derek Trucks to join his new outfit the Tedeschi Trucks Band as a singer and songwriter. He won a Grammy with the band last year for 2011 Best Blues Album and put that renewed energy into Scrapomatic’s latest release.
The album begins with the blues romp, “Alligator Love Cry” which is a new song with a title that was carried over from the band’s previous release of the same name. Mattison’s gruff vocals start off a little bit like fellow bluesman Jonny Lang before settling in with Dave Yoke’s guitar. Olsen turns in a more R&B sound on the title track, before the band attacks “Rat Trap” as a Little Richard-type early rock n roll classic. The band opens up their sound on the Americana, country acoustics of “Don’t Fall Apart On Me,” before bringing out the bluesy ballad “I Surrender.” Scrapomatic rocks on the fun sounding “Mother Of My Wolf,” before ending the album with the acoustic country-blues ballad “Gentrification Blues.”
Scrapomatic will be opening for the Tedeschi Trucks Band on their next six tour dates, beginning on September 25 in Roanoke, VA. The tour will be hitting Connecticut on Friday, September 28 with a show at The Palace Theater in Waterbury before taking a break until mid-October. Mike Mattison will be performing double-duty on this tour as lead singer for Scrapomatic and back-up singer for the Tedeschi Trucks Band. For more information on Scrapomatic’s new album “I’m A Stranger And I Love The Night” please visit

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