Monqui Presents



Fri, June 7

Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 9:30 pm

Bunk Bar

Portland, OR


This event is 21 and over

Watching her onstage, that brown bob of hers whirling like a cyclone as she unleashes
her brash and husky riot of a rock voice, it’s hard to imagine Mattiel Brown was ever
anything but a natural-born performer, a tried-and-true self-empowered presence.
“Honestly though I never even believed I could do this all,” Mattiel, one of rock’s most
thrilling young talents, says. Still, dig deep and she’ll admit to those times when she’d let
herself dream: of one day stepping onstage, gripping that microphone and showcasing her
skills. Then, she imagined, could at last let it all go, unleash that deep-seeded passion of
hers for melody and rhythm and intricate storytelling and channel her pent-up ferocity
into something real and palpable and powerful.

“But,” adds the soft-spoken singer, whose youth was shaped by an eclectic range of
Music - from folk to punk and rock to hip-hop - and who for years only sang for her
mother in private, “I remember thinking all along, “Yah, I would love to do that but it’s
out of my wheelhouse, right?”” Mattiel pauses and smiles as if to say she now knows she
was capable of becoming a masterful rock frontwoman all along. “I guess I just really had
to break out of my skin.”

It’s a damn good thing she did: following encouragement from Jack White during a
chance encounter in Nashville with her chief musical inspiration and eventual touring
partner, Mattiel made the crucial decision to jumpstart her musical journey by writing and
recording with her now-longtime songwriting partners, Jonah Swilley and Randy
Michael. Less than five years later the band stands as one of the most
singular and buzzed-about acts in rock music. Mattiel is no longer a teenager so unsure of
her talent she was afraid to sing in front of strangers but rather performing for rapt
audiences across the globe in the wake of the band’s acclaimed eponymous 2017 debut LP,
released via Burger Records; wowing viewers with their fiery TV shows like last year on
“Later… With Jools Holland” and more recently “Last Call With Carson Daly”. And now, they’re gearing up to release their highly anticipated second album, Satis Factory.

“It’s all still wild to me,” Mattiel admits with a laugh of her whirlwind past two years.
“It’s so incredible knowing I’ve invested my time in something that has really started to
work.” Swilley chuckles when hearing of the singer’s typically humble take on the
present day. Having become Mattiel’s most trusted musical ally and bandmate
since they first began writing together in 2014, he’s seen her evolution firsthand.
“I believed in her from the get-go,” Swilley says. “Because when you hear her sing” - a
grizzly blend of Grace Slick and Screamin' Jay Hawkins with the ferocity of a punk-rock head-
Thrasher - “you instantly know it’s for real.”

Mattiel, for her part, is hardly one to sing her own praises. But having seen their debut
album (released on iconic indie Heavenly in the UK and Europe) be so embraced by such well-respected outlets like the BBC’s Radio 6Music , even she can let herself admit her collaborators may have been right all along. “Randy and Jonah were so confident about how well my debut would be received,” she recalls. “They were like, ‘The real music fans are going to get this.’ And they were right.”

While she may be patting herself on the back, Mattiel’s recent success has most
importantly given her the confidence and creative ammunition to go for broke on Satis
Factory. To Swilley’s ear, the album is “a true rock n’ roll record,” with timeless
influences ranging from The Clash to The Velvet Underground and even hints of Roger Miller.
American psych-alternative rock band based in Detroit. Members: Kerrigan Pearce (drums), Kate Gutwald (bass), Jacob Dean (guitar, vocals).