FEATURED ARTIST: Matthew Rineer and the Alders


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These past couple weeks have been a whirlwind of fun events at Town Center. One of our favorite events that we offer during the summer is our Summer Concert Series! We were able to catch them after their performance on July 10th to find out a little more on their music and future endeavors.  

Q & A with Matthew Rineer

Question: For our followers that haven’t had a chance to listen to your music, or missed Tuesday’s concert, how would you describe your sound? 

    I think of it as Americana / Folk/ Rock. All of the songs are written on solo acoustic guitar, and they take shape from there. The band brings out a lot of dynamics and adds the rock to the folk. 

Question: Your latest record, ‘Hazel’, is the first record you’ve put out in six years. How does it feel to be putting out new music after all that time?

    During the interim I put out a 5 song EP with one of my best friends, Greta Myers, who also happens to be a very talented cellist. If you’re interested our duo is called “Blue Grey Serenade” - the EP is called “How to Disappear” and it’s on Spotify. 

    But my first solo record in 6 years? That feels amazing. There were points where I didn’t know if I’d ever put out new music again. 

Question: ‘Hazel' is pretty rich in emotion, both positive and negative… and rumor has it that the name of the record stems from the location in which it was written - Hazel Ave. in Philadelphia. Can you tell me a little bit more about that?

    For the sake of not getting TOO personal, Hazel Avenue in West Philly was the first place I moved after a significant 10-year relationship that I was in ended rather abruptly. I felt totally numb at the time and I didn’t really think I’d be able to write again. But then all of the sudden these songs started to happen and through it all, the writing helped to heal me. So those feelings are all in the songs - sometimes upbeat and positive but also sometimes scathingly real and just plain sad. A new neighborhood, a best friend/partner lost. Brand new everything. Hopefully it makes people feel something!

Question: You spent a part of your career in Nashville, TN, too. Do you find your change in location affects your music? Or your creative process?

    Absolutely. I moved to Nashville right after I got out of college and spent 4 years there. The name of the game there was perfection. Music needed to sound tuned w tons of compression and obsessive editing. I still dig that and respect the talent that it takes to make a record like that. But when I got to Philly and started working with Kyle Swartzwelder, I was happily broken of wanting that in my music. I recently read an article in spin that was a phone call between Tim Heidecker (Tim and Eric) and Stephen Malkmus (Pavement) and during that they briefly talked about Nashville and all of the seemingly “perfect” music that comes out of there. Truly blemish free. I think they also said how they thought perfection in music is a little weird. Since moving to Philly I’ve taken on a similar outlook. Maybe it’s the artists I’ve been listening to or just the spirit of the city, but perfection is a little weird! 

Anything else you want to let us know!

    Got a lot of summer gigs - I’ll be with Ben Arnold at Kennett Flash on 7/17, Tellus 360 on 7/21, and Dawson Street Pub on 8/24. Cya out there! 


Find music from Matthew Rineer and the Alders here and further tour dates here.

Thank you to everyone who came out to the concert with Cabin Dogs and Matthew Rineer and the Alders! For more concerts this summer, check out the Eagleview Town Center event schedule here.