Matthew McNeal

Spune presents

Matthew McNeal

Corner Suns, Garrett Owen

Friday, March 2, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm


This event is all ages

Matthew McNeal
Matthew McNeal
With a unique blend of alt-country and americana, North Texas’ own Matthew McNeal has begun making a name for himself throughout the region. With conceptually-strong songwriting alongside a vibrant live show, the 22-year old finds himself traveling across the country playing everywhere he can- never seeming out of place. Working with Grammy award-winning McKenzie Smith (Midlake/Sarah Jaffe/St. Vincent) and Joey McClellan (Israel Nash), McNeal’s most recent release ‘Compadre’ has already begun to generate steady buzz throughout the world of americana music. From songs of lonesome heartache to hopeful, road-worn ballads, McNeal’s style has him primed to be a songsmith with a bright future. ‘I just want to write honest songs that people can relate to,’ McNeal adds. ‘There’s enough sadness in music these days; I want to write about darker things but bring hope into the picture. I believe live shows should get people thinking, but overall it should be a good time- a bunch of like-minded people getting to groove to an artist they can believe in.’
Corner Suns
Corner Suns
Combining neo-psyche + baroque pop influences, Corner Suns has provided us with a record to succor our minds attention. The chill wave of this self-titled record will have you gravitating towards your favorite cozy spot; keep the door ajar and others will follow suit. Don’t be surprised if visitors are lounging around while this soundtrack brings the day to a close.

Corner Suns is comprised of John Dufilho (Apples in Stereo, The Deathray Davies) and Brandon Carr (The Earlies, Exotic Animal Petting Zoo), with special guest Sarah Jaffe (Sarah Jaffe).

The collaborative efforts behind this record will make listeners crawl into a dark chamber until next day’s snooze button tampering.
Garrett Owen
Garrett Owen
My name is David Nathan Garrett Owen although I was called Garrett from birth. My parents liked the meaning of David Nathan (“Blessed Gift”) but preferred the sound of Garrett (which, by the way, means “powerful with spear”). Although born in San Antonio, Texas, I spent less than three of my first 20 years in the United States. In turn, my folks were pastors, missionaries and church builders. Eventually, they earned doctorates in psychology and became regional therapists for a large network of missionaries in Latin America. Their vocation resulted in unique childhoods for my younger sister, Claire, and me.

My earliest memories are set in Tanzania (largest of the East African countries) but when I turned 8, mission work took us to Kenya. At 10, we left Kenya and returned stateside to Mandeville, Louisiana, so my parents could complete their graduate studies. Three years later, with fresh certification as psychologists, they were called to Quito, Ecuador which became home for the next six years. With that background, it shouldn’t be a mystery why my first music EP is titled, “Slightly Foreign.” I didn’t retire my “preacher’s kid” credential until I was 19 and returned to Texas to find my own way. Ten years later, I’m still scuffling and working to make music fulltime while my sister Claire is a missionary with a husband and raising her baby in East Africa, not far from where we were children together.

As kids, we crossed the Serengeti Plain probably 30 times traveling between Tanzania and Kenya. I have an early memory of riding on the luggage rack of our Nissan Patrol, vast clear skies above me and antelope running to my right and left. When I was 4 or 5, I remember Dad yelling from the front seat to roll up my window, the one I’d lowered to examine more closely the lion standing next to our car.

Not all areas were primitive. Nairobi, Kenya, for instance, isn’t the mud huts that many people imagine. Although not slick and modern by American standards, it was a thriving, densely populated city with its own identity. On the other hand, Tanzania was rural and our house in the middle of nowhere. In many ways, these preschool days in Tanzania were the most idyllic time with my sister – lots of climbing and hiking, picking mangos from trees.

Slivers of African memories often wedge their way into my lyrics, albeit often softened or exaggerated for dramatic effect. [Consider “Sad Eyed Son” -- Yes, I really did (accidentally) drive my bike off a (six foot) cliff and break my nose (in one place) and an arm.] At its core, all art is based on a “true story.” And by true, I mean the version we carry in our head and heart. The one that can lift or crush your spirit with equal capacity.

Some suggest that your upbringing explains quirks of personality like my shyness, a tendency for introspection and streaks of perfectionism. Maybe. I’m not so fatalistic as to believe our earliest experiences necessarily determine the arc of adult life, but my slightly foreign childhood never leaves my music or me.
Venue Information:
Three Links
2704 Elm Street
Dallas, TX, 75226