Emperor X signs a worldwide deal with Bar/None Records

By on June 25, 2011

“Emperor X” is the project name of American songwriter and noise pop
saboteur C. R. Matheny. In 2004, Matheny dropped his pursuit of a master’s
degree in physics to self-release a string of critically acclaimed lo-fi
speed folk albums. His releases grabbed the attention of NPR, Pitchfork,
The New Yorker, Tiny Mix Tapes and many others. The UK’s Plan B magazine
called his music “a swollen interfusion of capricious brilliance”

His music has been described as part Daniel Johnston part Dan Deacon. His
songs are always catchy with lyrics that will pull heartstrings. His sing
along tunes and unstoppable energy has brought Emperor X to art galleries,
bars, bookstores, university symposiums, college radio stations,
garbage-strewn pedestrian tunnels, and one very confused laser tag arena
in Connecticut. Emperor X has shared stages with indie luminaries like
Sebadoh, Nada Surf, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, The Hold Steady,
and John Vanderslice, who dubbed Matheny “a serious genius” on his photo
blog after they toured together. Matheny’s reputation as a producer also
grown — he co-helmed the 2008 album Bits by Brooklyn jangle punk
mainstays Oxford Collapse on Sub Pop Records alongside Eric Topalski of
Don Caballero.

A recent story on NPR’s nationally syndicated Weekend Edition featured
Emperor X, highlighting Matheny’s habit of burying master tapes around the
world and posting the GPS coordinates on the internet so his fans could
literally discover his music. This story has caught the attention of The
New Yorker resulting in a feature in the “Around Town” Section promotion
his May 31st, 2011 show at Pianos in NYC.

Matheny is currently finishing his new album that is set to be released on
Bar/None Records this October. Bar/Non one has been a fixture in the indie
scene for 25 years and has been home to the likes of They Might Be Giants,
Yo La Tengo and Of Montreal. Prior to the album release, Matheny will be
touring with his label mates The Front Bottoms for most of September.
Matheny currently lives in Los Angeles where he writes and records new
music from the top floor of a tenement building overlooking the megaphone
preachers, fake ID salesmen, and tamaleros of MacArthur Park.


The Front Bottoms/Emperor X tour
Tues. Sept. 6 Asheville, NC – Harvest Records ALL AGES
Wed. Sept. 7 Knoxville, TN – The Pilot Light
Thurs. Sept. 8 Athens, GA – Caledonia Lounge w/ Grape Soda
Fri. Sept. 9 Macon, GA – The 567 Gallery ALL AGES
Sat. Sept. 10 Atlanta, GA – Wonderroot w/ Grape Sodas ALL AGES
Sun. Sept. 11 Johnson City, TN
Tues. Sept. 13 Roanoke, VA – The Bazaar ALL AGES
Wed. Sept. 14 Charlottesville, VA – The Tea Bazaar ALL AGES

More dates to be announced.


Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.