DC9 Live at El Sibil, Ep. 8: Matthew and The Arrogant Sea

Last Wednesday night, the fine young Denton gentlemen known as Matthew and The Arrogant Sea stopped on by our Oak Cliff filming location to treat us to a slew of new songs and a couple stories about the process behind recording them. It was a pretty fun night, too--frontman Matthew Gray and the rest of his band forced the audience to don warpaint on their cheeks and a few attendees even showed up in costume. Again, not sure why, but whatever, it worked.

So why debut these new songs? Especially when the band's upcoming release, You Can't Tame a Wild Rabbit, isn't due out till the summer? Ah, therein lies the rub: Tomorrow night, the band will play the Granada Theater, opening for Akron/Family and Warpaint, and it plans on playing some of these new songs at that show.

After that, the band hits the road with Midlake. Then, immediately after that, it plays NX35. So, as Gray explained on Wednesday, whether or not the album's ready for sale, its songs are--and need to be--ready to be played live. So it made sense on the band's end--especially as it looks to establish itself as more of a "live band." And we're all the luckier for it: This week's closing song, "Hard Times," is kind of a jam, folks. A little bit of a change in direction for the band, too. Anyway, check it out.

And feel free to stop by our El Sibil studios (located at 122 E. 5th St. in Oak Cliff) this evening at 7:30 p.m. for another taping in our ongoing series. Tonight's performance will come courtesy of area alt-country favorite Somebody's Darling. See you there.