NOWTHEN - City Magazine 7/04
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M.D.G. Band - City Magazine 8/03
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M.D.G. - City Magazine 12/01
Behind the Music Man - City Magazine 10/00
Radio U - Freetime Magazine 11/94
What's Real - Freetime Magazine 9/93
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M.D.G. Band plays it Wembley big. Most rock bands in town rattle the walls and shake the rafters, but M.D.G.?s sonics scrape the sky, not just in volume but in power, enthusiasm, and desire as well. Their new single ?Roadmap? is thunderous and unforgettable. I?m sure it has a lot to do with singer Matthew D. Guarnere?s 60-octave vocal range. I mean, holy shit.
Matt Guarnere - Mr. Studio himself - does it again this time by stripping away all the layers to expose the song in the duo NOWTHEN. Along with Pompous Pilate guitarist Justin Roeland, who met up with Guarnere while recording his last album, the duo plays starkly and simply with plenty of atmosphere for the lyrics to swim around before getting in your head. This is a pleasant surprise from two dudes who come from more heavy and graniose backgrounds. The subtlety and restraint offers as much punch as anything either two has done.
NOWTHEN plays with guests Paul Smoker and Eric The Taylor Friday, July 16, in the Bop Shop Atrium, 274 North Goodman Street, at 8 p.m.. Free 271-3354. All ages.
...The M.D.G. Band is set to rock the house in only their second performance on Thursday, August 7th (9 pm) at Milestones, with opening act, Jen Kerner (ex-Black Olive). Led by the very musically inclined Matthew D. Guarnere, the group's new single, "Unobtainium," is a timely track about the evils of the music industry, as revealed through the naive eyes of a wishful band. Boasting a big sound, loaded with catchy hooks and knowing vocals, this well-crafted song is a promising sign of what's to come from this adventurous rock band...
Where, oh where has all the big rock gone? Matthew D. Guarnere knows. His M.D.G. Band carries the torch for big, almost operatic rock. People may confuse the size of the music with the size of the venue (i.e. "arena rock"). But M.D.G. is grandiose in any setting. Kinda like Queen in a coffee house. Guarnere's music is of a purpose that digs deeper into humanity's need for music after rock 'n' roll had exhausted all the obvious avenues. There are so many other unexplored roots besides just jazz, blues, and country.
Guarnere's voice goes from angel to anger in a flash and he is compelling and competent singing from both perspectives. Progressive and open minded, M.D.G. proves that there are still a few notes out there waiting to be played, waiting to be heard.
M.D.G. Band with guest Jen Kerner plays Thursday, August 7, at Milestones, 170 East Avenue, at 9:30 p.m. Tix $5. 325-6490
The beauty of a one-man band is that it can never break up. Matthew D. Guarnere has been leaving his fingerprints on recordings produced at his What's Real Unlimited studios in the East End for years. Willing and more than just a little capable of capturing the whims of artists like the Hi-Risers, Gregory Paul, Liqwid and Andre Foxxe, Guarnere has released "M.D.G." to shed some light on the man behind the music.
"Consistency usually leads to boredom for me," he says. "So I'll go from a complete death wall of amplifiers to a soft acoustic ballad, and that keeps things interesting." It is rather apparent Guarnere draws his influence from the majestic prog of Queen, Alan Parsons and Todd Rundgren. With the help of hired guns like A.D. Zimmer, Ethan Porter, Robert Scribble and Paul Smoker, Guarnere plays a multitude of instruments that support his soaring four-octave voice.
BEHIND THE MUSIC MAN
When Matthew D. Guarnere was a boy, he joined his family on a fateful trip to New York City. During his vacation, Guarnere entered a revolving door which suddenly shattered down on top of him. The accident left only a slight scar on Guarnere's chin, but it also had some positive residual effects. After winning a lawsuit against the owners of the building, Guarnere bought his first 8-track recording device, and effectively launched his career as a musician and sound technician.
Today, Guarnere runs a studio in the East End - What's Real Unlimited - where he engineers albums for local bands like The Veins and the Hi-Risers, and national acts. He's also been recording himself: under the name M.D.G., he has recorded almost an entire album's-worth of Queen-esque rock operas.
"I'm primarily a rocker," Guarnere admits. And his taste in both music and recording techniques reveals the indelible mark of years spent awash in records by KISS, Todd Rundgren, The Beatles, and, of course, Queen.
But there's more to Guarnere than rock 'n' roll fantasy. Fans of the Bop Shop free jazz series have grown accustomed to the sight of Guarnere, who has become the official recording tech of Bop Shop live sessions. Like it or not, Guarnere has been exposed to free improvisation, electronic music, bebop, free-form noise, and laptop computer concertos by some of the most in-demand new musicians in the world through his Bop Shop gig. His recordings of these shows are drop-dead accurate, and highlights from them may be compiled by Guarnere and Bop Shop owner Tom Kohn for official release in the near future.
To record the Bop Shop sessions, Guarnere relies on a technique he read about back when he was an audio-addicted teenager. his custom built "binaural head" is literally, a mold of a human head with condenser mics attached to each ear. It never fails to draw curious glances from musicians and audience members alike. And for Guarnere, it's a perfect symbol for what he tries to do when recording both inside and outside of his studio-capture great sound as it interacts with a great space.
"My recordings have to be real," he says. "I make real records, not glorified demos. I didn't go to school for this, but it's really all about listening. I practice the art of listening."