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One of the best revelations of 2017 has been the emergence of Matthew Stubbs and The Antiguas’ weekly residency, Downbeat Mondays, at The Sinclair in Cambridge. Now, the Boston Music Award-winning series — a multi-genred affair that took home Live Ongoing Residency of the Year last week — is set to show the rest of New England what’s good.
Stubbs today unveiled the crew’s upcoming winter tour of New England (and a date in New York City), weaved around the Monday series through January and February.
The tour coincides with the release of Matthew Stubbs and the Antiguas’ self-titled debut album, due January 26, and also out today is a video for one of the record’s more urgent tracks, “Death Grip.”
“The video was shot at a secret show we put on at State Park, one my favorite spots in Boston,” says Stubbs. “The song was inspired by the wild scenes in those cult car racing movies of the ’70s. I wrote it with that cinematic, yet frenetic approach in my mind.”
The song reflects the Matthew Stubbs and the Antiguas’ live show, blending elements of psych, acid blues, jazz, and everything else under trippy light shows and visuals. “It’s meshing vintage sounds with modern tweaks,” Stubbs says of The Antiguas’ musical cocktail, captured on record for the first time. “It’s lo-fi inspiration with hi-fi sonics and production.”
Peep the video below, as well as the band’s full Northeast swing. Featured photo up top by Eddy Leiva for Vanyaland, from his full Downbeat Mondays gallery from January.
Matthew Stubbs and the Antiguas Live Dates
January 05 – Burlington, VT – Nectar’s
January 08 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
January 15 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
January 19 – Worcester, MA – Bull Mansion
January 22 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
January 26 – Fall River, MA – The Narrows
January 29 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
February 03 – Portland, ME – One Longfellow Square
February 12 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
February 15 – New York, NY – Berlin
February 16 – Portsmouth, NH – 3S Artspace
February 19 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
February 24 – Worcester, MA – Electric Haze
February 26 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair