Sunday, October 23, 2016

Ellis - Chesne Single Release Show at the Cinema Bar Thursday

Thursday October 27,
Cinema Bar, 3967 Sepulveda Blvd. Culver City, CA
Matt Ellis on at 9pm.
PCB closes out the night...

Matt Ellis and Paul Chesne are set to release a debut single, together. The duet, titled “They Don’t Make ‘em Like They Used To”, will be available online everywhere, Thursday October 27th.

Both acts will launch the single at the beloved Westside dive, The Cinema Bar, on the same day. The night will kick off at 8pm and feature full band sets from both Matt (9pm) and Paul (10pm) along with a few special guests. The Cinema Bar is located at 3967 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230.

“They Don’t Make ‘em Like They Used To” is a slice of classic Americana. Lush pedal steel and electric guitar licks carry the listener through a contentious lyric as the pair call out the fading legacy of Music’s untouchable elite. The infectious melody is a sugar coating to a deeper truth both Ellis and Chesne stand by.

Matt began writing the track back in 2015, during sessions for his new album. “I knew it stood out from the other tracks I was writing, but it didn’t feel like a Matt Ellis solo track to me. And the last thing I wanted it to be was some old cranky rocker bitching about young pop stars. It needed a wink and not to be taken too seriously.” Enter Paul Chesne.

Chesne and Ellis have been friends since Ellis re-located from Australia eleven years ago. Both are based in Venice, they’re often seen performing on the same bill, and in recent years, share lead guitarist, Josh Norton.

The pair got together over a couple of drinks and added the remainder of lyrics to the arrangement in late 2015. With Chesne fleshing out the verses and the outro, the track strikes the perfect balance of cynicism, and authentic despair over the state of current music industry.

The single was tracked with Matt’s band; Acoustics and Vocals; Matt Ellis, Lead Guitar and Vocals; Josh Norton, Pedal Steel; Tim Walker, Bass; Grant Fitzpatrick and Drums and Percussion; Fernando Sanchez. The rhythm section was tracked live by Fernando Sanchez with Nick Luca engineering vocal and overdub sessions. The acoustic guitars were tracked by Alex Kemp at Wolf At The Door, Venice. Nathan Sabatino (Dr. Dog, The Flaming Lips, Giant Sand) mixed the track and J.J. Golden took care of mastering once again.

The Digital Single is accompanied by a Music Video, Shot, Directed and Edited by Daniel Elkayam (Blitzen Trapper). The Video amplifies the song’s meaning, turning Ellis and Chesne into a pair of D.I.Y. mad scientists, hell bent on creating the perfect pop star. Shot in Matt’s garage, the clip is perfect for this Halloween Season and will be available on YouTube several days before the release.

PCB that night will include:
Keyboards: Jonny Niemann
Guitar: Josh Norton
Bass: Jason Chesney
Drums: Matt Lesser

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Big Red Sunday

Sunday October 23rd,
Big Red Sun560 Rose Ave, Venice, CA 90291
A couple bucks gets you in to the most gorgeous back yard on the hippest street in town. Along with all  delicious chili you can eat and also music from British singer/songwriter Hattie Briggs 

G Unit for this show is:

Guitar: Dutch Suoninen
Bass: Steve Tegel
Drums: Matt Lesser
Keyboards: Jon Niemann


Friday, October 7, 2016

I been your husben, yer hasbeen, & your ne'erwas.

Tonight, October 7,
The Attic at the Victorian, 2640 Main St. 90405

Saturday October 8,
Figueroa Mtn. Brewing Company, Westlake Village30770 Russell Ranch Rd, Westlake Village, CA 91362

G-Unit for Friday:
Bass: Jason Chesney
Guitar: Woody Aplanalp
Keyboards: Jonny Niemann
Drums: Matt Lesser

Saturday is:
Drums: Travis Popichak
Bass: Stephen Tegel
Guitar: Woody Aplanalp

Pics from Abbot Kinney fest and beyond...

Monday, September 19, 2016

Abbot Kinney Festival Sunday

Locals only stage at the corner of Andalusia and Abbot Kinney...


Produced by Matt Ellis

10:30   Silent Partner
11:15   Potential Suitors
12:00   Bambi + Felix
1:00     Paul Chesne
2:00    Kat Myers and the Buzzards
3:00    Community Grants and Spirit of Venice Awards Presentation
4:00    Matt Ellis
5:00    Tom Freund

Here is a write-up in the Argonaut Newspaper from today:
"Wise-ass rock ‘n’ roller Paul Chesne will play a set of his own and also join Ellis during his set; the two will introduce “They Don’t Make ’Em Like They Used To,” a witty single they plan to release in October."
--Bliss Bowen , The Argonaut Newspaper

Read the full article... HERE
Local DJ "Bright Moments" will spin between sets.

Pics from the Beatles Tribute for 8 Days A Week at the El Rey...

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Almost done with Narcos Season 2 so there is time to play the El Rey Theatre this Saturday

Saturday September 17th,
I'll be playing a couple songs at the El Rey Theatre in Hollywood with lots of celebrity guests for an invite only Hulu party to celebrate the release of the new Ron Howard documentary 8 Days A Week: The Touring Years.
Go here for a chance to win tix to this invite only event...

Friday September 16th,

The Attic at the Victorian, 2640 Main St. 90405

G-Unit for this show is:
Bass: Jason Chesney
Guitar: Josh Norton
Keyboards: Jonny Niemann
Drums: Matt Lesser

Here are some pics from the rehearsals...

Chris Pierce, Dorian Holley, Brett Farkas

Tawny Cash, Chris Pierce, Holly Palmer, Chris Bruce

Loveman Pender, Jordan Katz, La Bamba, Ron Dziubla

Jon Button

Leah Paul

Simon Petty & Chris Pierce

Angelo Bundini, Chris Pierce, Chris Bruce, Alex Painter

Paul Chesne Band's Fan Box