Matt Boroff is an American born, Austria-based musician, singer, and songwriter whose passionate brand of music has excelled at luring audiences into new and exciting terrain. From experimental noise-rock to standard alternative-rock, Boroff, a talented multi-instrumentalist, creates an immersive work that feels cinematic in scope while conjuring images of Spaghetti Westerns and sweeping desert landscapes.
His musical career began in the Nineties, performing his own brand of experimental noise-rock across the northeast and playing solo gigs in New York City. In 2000, he relocated to Austria and formed the basis of what would become Matt Boroff & the Mirrors with drummer, Little Konzett. They released a self-titled debut album to critical acclaim in 2004. Once full-time bassist, Rolf Kersting, was added to the fold, the band punched up its sound with slabs of driving rock and roll, sun-bleached grooves and jittery evocations of West Coast punk on 2006’s Ticket to Nowhere. As the band gelled and continued amassing a fervent following, it ventured even further into new realms with the release of 2008’s Elevator Ride. Given Boroff’s penchant for cinematic imagery, it was hardly surprising when five tracks from Elevator Ride appeared on the soundtrack to the 2009 film Little Fish, Strange Pond.
His 2009 solo debut, Reaching for Sparks weaved muted arrangements (guitar, piano, strings, horns and timpani), cementing Boroff’s reputation for creating arresting music across a variety of styles. In 2012, he released the four-song EP Filling in the Cracks, a concise mini-album that connected the dots between the musical imagery of Elevator Ride and the atmospherics of Reaching for Sparks. He took things a step further on his second full-length solo album, Sweet Hand of Fate, which was self-released on January 14, 2014 on the independent label Revvolt Records and features a guest appearance by alt-rock legend and former Screaming Trees frontman, Mark Lanegan, who displays his harrowing vocals on the track, Garbage Man.
Now, Matt Boroff breaks new ground as he enters 11AD Studio in Los Angeles, CA to collaborate with one of rock’s legendary contributors, the amazingly talented Alain Johannes. The result will be an organically well-crafted and multi-dimensional follow up to Sweet Hand of Fate.
Mark Lanegan, who has collaborated with various artists and bands throughout his career, including the late Kurt Cobain of Nirvana prior to the release of the group’s breakthrough album, Nevermind, returns to lend his distinctive baritone voice to a new track on Boroff’s latest studio effort. There’s a good chance that Matt Cameron‘s ghost-notes and elite pacemaking grooves will be heard on this album, too!
The Man Of A Thousand Projects
Alain Johannes is one whose name frequently appears alongside some of rock music’s greatest releases from Queens of the Stone Age, Red Hot Chili Peppers, PJ Harvey, Foo Fighters, Mark Lanegan Band, Them Crooked Vultures, Chris Cornell, Arctic Monkeys, The Desert Sessions and his own band Eleven with his late wife Natasha Schneider to name just a few. He has produced, co-written, and performed with many of these legendary acts and countless others throughout his amazing career, which began in the early 1980’s.
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