Pullin’ ‘Tubes: Justin Vernon Is A GROWNASS Man

Over the course of two full-length studio albums and an EP Bon Iver front man Justin Vernon has enchanted us with his heart-tugging falsetto vocals and lushly arranged folk-rock. If you think you’ve got him pegged as just the poster child for the beard-rock movement then think again, as Vernon has unleashed a new side with his latest project The Shouting Matches. The three-piece act, that also features Brian Moen (Peter Wolf Crier) and Phil Cooke (Megafaun), originally came together back in 2006, in the wake of the break-up of the much mythologized DeYarmond Edison. The band, who played one live show together, got put on hold when Vernon began to focus on Bon Iver and the recording and release of his instant classic debut album For Emma, Forever Ago.

Fast forward some seven years later, with Vernon having seemingly said everything he could with Bon Iver and putting that project on the dreaded indefinite hiatus, we get GROWNASS Man – the debut album from The Shouting Matches. The ten-track effort is a jangly collection of loose Southern blues-rock that is steeped in vintage Bonnie Raitt, The Band and ZZ Top. The trio had their high-profile coming out party last weekend at Coachella, where they used their slot to played their album, sans one song, in order in its entirety. Watch I Need A Change from that set…

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