Dig Baton Rouge

Phosphorescent Lights Up Spanish Moon

By Pat Gunther

 
“I love it down [in Baton Rouge]. I wish that it was a little easier to play there. I don’t know why a lot of tours skip it over, I’d love to spend a lot more time down there. It kinda puzzles me why more people don’t come to Baton Rouge.”

On October 2nd, modern folk impresario Matthew Houck, better known as Phosphorescent, and his talented outfit of musicians will hit the stage at the Spanish Moon in a by-request small club gig. Though Houck hasn’t played the Spanish Moon in years, he’s excited to hit the Highland Road joint for a night of sweet and laid back tunes. “I love it down [in Baton Rouge],” he said. “I wish that it was a little easier to play there. I don’t know why a lot of tours skip it over, I’d love to spend a lot more time down there. It kinda puzzles me why more people don’t come to Baton Rouge.”

 

Small Gigs On A Big Run

The Alabama natives’ string of shows since mid-2013 is coming to an end over the course of the next few months. And though the outing in support of their latest, and incredibly impressive album, Muchacho, has led to a series of big shows, Houck and co. still appreciate the intimacy of small clubs and bars. “I like both big and small shows,” he stated. “The reason we’re doing this run is because we had these festivals booked, we’re playing NOLA and these are gonna be the last couple of shows that we’re gonna play, cause we’ve been on the road for a year and a half now. I realized we had about a week from the prior show to NOLA, so I asked my agent to book as many club shows in the Southeast near New Orleans. So here we are.”

Worthy Tunes

Though Houck has provided fans of rock/folk music with an impressive cache of worthy tunes, Muchacho was released to wild critical acclaim from many online publications and esteemed music critics. “I had a notion of a sound that I was going for at the outset, kind of a specific idea of the sonic universe it would live in,” Houck said in reference to the recording process. “So, as you work on things, it starts to have its own needs and so then you’re kinda just trying to follow what’s there and adapt to what it’s showing you. I like records that make sorta a universe; you put it on and just sink into that world while it plays.”

Folk Bliss

As the many flawless tracks of pure Americana and folk bliss blend together into one cohesive sonic adventure, Houck admits that it is nearly impossible to pick a favorite. “My favorite song to play changes from night to night,” he said. “I guess I don’t have a favorite. Some nights a song will surprise you and you’ll find something in there that you didn’t realize was in it. As an artist I think if I’ve done my job right the songs are malleable and strong enough to take various situations and maybe bring something out of it. When they surprise me that’s like a treat.”

One Of The Best Going

Before ending the phone call to enjoy a shred of his already short time at home, Houck echoed sentiments of excitement and promise for the last leg of Phosphorescent’s frantic tour schedule. “I’m really excited about these show sin particular,” he said. “We haven’t had a chance to play many smaller venues on these last few runs, and I’m really excited to just play with everyone cause y’know, they’re truly one of the best bands going right now.”

Phosphorescent
Thursday, October 2
Spanish Moon
$15
ticketweb.com

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