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Sexy 21st Century Sleaze

by Cash Mattock

Never know what to expect with this multi-talented concept artist, whose style has best been described as “Paul McCartney meets Motorhead.” His sound stands tall even without bizarre timing changes, surreal guitar solos, and other eclectic epiphanies.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Take You On
2:57 album only
2. I Need You
2:49 album only
3. Word Gets Around
3:58 album only
4. A Girl Like You
2:15 album only
5. Out of My Shell
2:28 album only
6. Indecision
3:29 album only
7. Genius
2:57 album only
8. Get It Straight
2:13 album only
9. Hot Pair of Knives
4:16 album only
10. Dumping His Evil
4:10 album only
11. Is This Love?
3:20 album only
12. Take Whatever You Want
3:05 album only
13. Keeping Tabs
4:26 album only
14. Make Up Your Mind
5:38 album only
15. Sexy 21st Century Sleaze
2:23 album only
16. Leave Me Behind
3:01 album only
17. Forgetful Days
6:31 album only


Album Notes
BIO 2006:
Enigmatic Mattock Cashes In On Success of ‘Sexy Sleaze’ with Surreal Supplement

The Second Coming of Cash Mattock may be half the size but it’s twice as intriguing.

The enigmatic Cash, a veteran of the Rochester music scene, expects the release of a limited release EP by the end of the year to complement his debut concept album from 2005, Sexy 21st Century Sleaze. The catchy timing changes, eclectic mix of styles, Pink Floyd-like background sounds, weird sampling, surreal guitar solos and other spellbinding novelties fans have come to expect from Mattock will be back, but with a different edge.

“I think the new sound is more like Pixies meet D.J. Shadow,” Mattock said. The feel of the EP will differ somewhat from the “Paul McCartney meets Motorhead” tag sound engineer and co-producer Chris Cimicata used to describe the first CD.

The new music will be interspersed with more samples of ordinary everyday noises that are pertinent to the storyline of the concept album, in the manner of a soundtrack, according to Mattock.

“It’s basically the missing glue for Sexy 21st Century Sleaze,” he said. That glue won’t stick around forever though because only a limited number of EPs will be issued, which is why he is urging fans to reserve a copy at the CMI website,, as soon as possible.

Technologically the EP will be far more advanced the first, thanks to the completion of the state-of-the-art analog and digital equipment available at the newly-built CMI Studios. “It’s probably ten times better than what we had available for the first album,” Mattock said.

“They’re just that crazy,” he said of some of the new songs. “It would have been difficult for me to record them without the new technology.”

The tunes on Sexy 21st Century Sleaze tell the critical story of what Mattock witnessed in one night out in the rave scene, in sequence. It features several characters and subplots, including the up-and-down love story between Cash and a former girlfriend. Four of the songs written by Mattock for the EP occupy different points in the storyline, beginning with We’ll Take Your Kids, which depicts the subtle ways in which unwholesome social influences draw the partygoers away from their parents under the guise of helping them.

You’re a Woman, I’m a Man is a musical dialogue that sketches the personalities of Cash and his former girlfriend in better detail. In This is My Town, a character who overdoses in the course of the 2005 CD goes into a final downward spiral that is depicted by the use of noises like ambulance tires screeching to a halt and sound of his respirator. In I Need Your Strength the overdose leads him into a coma. This pair of songs fills a gap in the storyline between the second-to-last tune on Sexy 21st Century Sleaze and the final track.

The EP is also expected to feature covers of one or two songs from Beck’s album One Foot in the Grave and Harry Nilsson’s Jump into the Fire. Mattock is also busy securing permission to cover a tune by an independent Nashville songwriter who wrote material for various prominent artists in the past.

Some of Cash’s musical comrades from the first album are expected to return for the recording sessions, such as multi-instrumentalist Chris Cimicata (the man most responsible for the act’s mesmerizing guitar solos), bassist Chris Kemp, drummer Ryan Kemp and John Chajka of The Grinders fame. Cash is talking with booking agents and settling on a lineup of musicians for a live tour that is expected to begin on the East Coast later this year in support of Sexy 21st Century Sleaze and the as-yet-untitled EP.

Cash said he opted for a smaller scale recording project because of the obligations of the planned tour and the four albums he is set to produce this year. CMI Records is expected to release a CD by Slur Blown in the spring, followed by an album by El Destructo LTD, a new CD by The Moviees in the summer and the release of the EP by the end of the year.

Mattock was quite pleased with the reception that Sexy 21st Century Sleaze received internationally and expects to use it as a springboard for further projects.

“It set a good platform for further endeavors,” he said. One of those ventures is intended to be the capstone of the entire Sexy 21st Century Sleaze project: a full-length DVD of the storyline acted out silently on video packaged together with the first CD and the EP. Mattock is currently working to secure funding for the project and preparing to pitch it to studios. He hasn’t set any time constraints for production but is aiming for 2007.

After that, the music of the unfathomable Cash may take yet another ground-breaking turn.

“This is the end of my sophisticated electronic rock phase. After this I’m done with it for at least another album,” Mattock said.

That doesn’t mean he won’t be pushing the limits of music past their known boundaries. Mattock’s next album is tentatively titled Wood, Strings, and Skin – because the only metal to be heard on the unplugged recording will be guitar strings. Not even cymbals will be allowed, the mysterious Mattock said with a typically sly chuckle.

BIO 2005:
Just who is Cash Mattock? And is he even human?

The answer to the first question will be revealed this fall, when Cash and his band begin their East Coast tour to showcase his debut CD, "Sexy 21st Century Sleaze,” which is slated for worldwide distribution in coming months. The CD is now on sale through and will soon be available through major retailers like and Barnes and Noble and every major paid MP3 site on the Internet. “Every single mom and pop store will be able to order my CD,” Mattock said.

The answer to the second may never be certain, for the tracks on the concept album are punctuated by brief musical epiphanies that sound as if they sprung from no human mind. From the bizarre off-time bass line of "Make Up Your Mind" to whatever odd instrument - perhaps a kazoo from the netherworld - produced the spine-tingling solo on "Leave Me Behind," listeners never know what to expect next.

"I'm trying to take an older sound and give it a modern facade. I incorporate the studio as an instrument itself in the whole process," Mattock said. "It's an experiment in textures. It's a rock artist's perspective on sampling."

Ever since bands like Pink Floyd pioneered the use of sound effects, sampling and concept albums in which one track leads directly into the next, lesser artists have overdone such icing on the cake. Cash Mattock and his bandmates, however, serve up just the right balance. A healthy dose of variety builds upon a solid foundation of hard rock built by some of the Rochester club scene's most notorious veterans, including guitarist Paul Morabito of The Moviees, The Lovematics and The Chesterfield Kings; bassist Chris Kemp of Phoenix Red, The Q, Hello Goodbye and Asyd Malaise; drummer Ryan Kemp of El Destructo and The Moviees; and bassist Keith Parkins of The Quitters and Duke Galaxy and the Pipeliners. The tour will also feature the distinctive, “technically eclectic but not desperately eclectic” style of co-producer, sound engineer and multi-instrumentalist Chris Cimicata, who was responsible for many of the album’s soaring guitar solos.

“The record makes me feel like Paul McCartney meets Motorhead,” Cimicata said. He noted that the samples and other ear-catching tricks spiced up the album but did not make it.
“If you stripped all that out it would still be a really great rock ‘n roll record,” he said.

Instead of deluging listeners in gimmickry, Mattock adds just the proper pinch of gripping novelties, like the strange backup vocals, mad harmonica and discordant end on "Hot Pair of Knives." Unlike the typical garage rock band that drones on at the same volume and speed for hours, Cash Mattock makes it as impossible to take your ears off the CD as it is to take your eyes off the road on 490, because you never know what's coming up ahead of you.

The influence of some of Mattock's favorite artists, such as The Velvet Underground, The Pixies, Iggy Pop, Lead Belly, Robert Johnson and the Beatles can be heard on the album, along with a Middle Eastern flavor. The record he produced is not easy to characterize, but is certain to appeal to garage rock enthusiasts looking for a fresh twist.

"Cash has been in the club scene in Rochester for about nine years. He's a multi-talented musician who plays all kinds of instruments," Ryan Kemp said. "He's been a music advisor and a friend to bands, but hasn't done anything except work for four years on this CD. He wanted to develop his chops and be able to get his point across. Cash is his own worst critic."

Sexy 21st Century Sleaze is more than just good music; it is good music with a message. This "sociological experiment" tells the true stories of Mattock's experiences with the club scene and his satirical take on nightlife.

"There are a lot of messages I could give to the world," Mattock said with a gleam in his eye, then narrowed the thousands of possibilities swirling in his mind down to the message of moderation that he wove into the lyrics of all seventeen songs. "It's OK to fall prey to some of the fun and the temptations that the modern world provides but it's important to do something, to be something. You can't let the temptation become you, to become your existence."

The tracks tell the story of what he witnessed in one night out on the rave circuit, in sequence, beginning with the characters getting out of their car primed to party in the first song and Cash's reflections at daybreak on the night before in the last tune. It features several characters and subplots, including the up-and-down love story between Cash and a former girlfriend.

In "Take You On," a gutsy traffic jam of a tune with revenge as its theme, Cash arrives at a party with his own group of friends, knowing that his estranged amour will be there with her own. Cash watches the characters quickly take care of the dirty business of getting their drug fixes for the night in "I Need You," a song about addiction and chasing party favors. With that out of the way, the gossip about Cash and his ex swirls around the crowd in "Word Gets Around."

The fourth track, co-written by Walt Pomar, is the story of a secondary character who becomes obsessed with a woman at the party. The subplot in "A Girl Like You" is complemented by another that begins in "Out of My Shell," about a friend of Cash's who spirals down into a profligate madness.

The storyline returns to Cash and his ex in "Indecision," which tells the tale of their first glimpses of each other that night. Unfortunately, she takes an interest in the subject of "Genius," about an arrogant man who is among those in charge at the party. Cash and his ex then fall into their first argument of the night in "Get It Straight." The fight is aggravated by the influence of the two groups of friends surrounding them, who are too addled by drugs and irresponsibility to manage their own affairs, let alone those of Cash and his ex.

Things go from bad to worse in "Hot Pair of Knives" when the woman pursued in the fourth track becomes so intoxicated that she loses her wits. She pays a high price in "Dumping His Evil" (which can only be described as a mix of Arabian, Western and garage rock styles tinged with foreboding, complete with the sounds of an Indian woman having an disturbing orgasm) when she is raped by the secondary character who has been obsessing over her all night.

The focus switches back to Cash in "Is This Love?" when he begins to wonder if his former girlfriend is worth the trouble or not. Then the character from "Out of My Shell" slides a little further down into darkness in "Take What Ever You Want," in which he accuses society at large of taking things from him that he has actually given away, due to innate character flaws. Cash's introspective mood returns in "Keeping Tabs," an instrumental intermission in which he assesses the scene around him while standing in line for drinks. The relaxed atmosphere of the beginning is gradually replaced by a darker tone as the party continues to fall into decadence.

A ray of sunshine pokes through the gathering gloom in "Make Up Your Mind," which begins with a final confrontation between Cash and his former girlfriend and ends with their reconciliation. They are temporarily reunited in the title track, which is a commentary on the atmosphere of sexual addiction common in the nightlife circuit.

"It's pointing the finger at the individual listening to the record," Cash said. "Everyone there (at the rave) just wants to get off."

The sixteenth track, "Leave Me Behind," begins with the sound of respirators, thanks to the overdose of the friend featured in "Out of My Shell." In the final tune, "Forgetful Days," Cash reflects on witnessing the survival of his hospitalized friend, the unpunished rape and the decadent waste of a night.

Each of the songs carries a particular one-word subtitle printed on the inside cover of the CD, which sum up the human flaw that is the subject matter of that particular tune. "It's almost like a list of commandments," Mattock said.

An eighteenth track was planned but may be included on a single or the EP that is Mattock's next slated project. In the long run, he hopes to reissue the album on DVD complete with scenes from the storyline acted out silently on video.



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