“A perfectly balanced duo. They both have incredible skills. They both have wonderful voices. The harmonies are fabulous. And they play the heck out of the guitar…” – NPR Music
Capitol Records will release Retrograde, the new EP from Striking Matches, on February 9. The EP’s title track and “Desire” are selections from the band’s upcoming full-length album, due out later this year. The collection also includes the duo’s compelling version of Buffalo Springfield’s classic protest song, “For What It’s Worth.”
Striking Matches will join Phillip Phillips on the first leg of The Magnetic Tour. The North American run will include a two-night stand at The Sinclair in Cambridge, MA (February 14 & 15), a February 18 show at Irving Plaza in New York City and a concert at 3rd and Lindsley in Nashville on February 25. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.strikingmatches.
The duo – comprising Sarah Zimmermann and Justin Davis – recently made its Sundance Film Festival debut, performing at the ASCAP Music Café. The pair was also featured on the NFL’s “Heart of the Game” webseries.
After releasing the Shameless EP onCapitol Recordslast fall, Striking Matches toured North America and Europe with JOHNNYSWIM. The Tampa Bay Times said, “Striking Matches are both an amazing acoustic songwriting duo and a pair of bluesy electrifying performers…Their voices vibrantly bounce off each other to fun harmonies, most notably in ‘Medicine,’ a song that got the crowd singing along almost immediately.”
Watch Striking Matches perform “Medicine” live from Capitol Studios in Hollywood in this video.
Shameless, which was produced by Kennedy Karate (Børns), follows the duo’s 2015 debut album, Nothing But The Silence, which has racked up more than 10 million cumulative streams worldwide.
Nothing But The Silence, which was produced by T Bone Burnett,won acclaim in the U.S. and abroad. NPR’s “World Café” hailed Striking Matches as an “Artist to Watch” andBuzzfeednamed the duo as one of the “Artists You Need In Your Life.” USA Today said, “Sarah Zimmermann and Justin Davis give off sparks as singers and writers, but they’re even hotter guitarists. Incendiary.” American Songwriter observed, “these songs crackle and sizzle.” Nothing But The Silence debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes UK Country Chart and several tracks were featured on BBC Radio 2’s playlist.
Zimmermann grew up outside Philadelphia, and mastered the guitar, clarinet and violin before middle school. Davis, who is from Atlanta, began playing guitar at an early age. A professor at Belmont University in Nashville paired them up for class projects, and they soon started writing together. Nine of their songs were performed in the first four seasons of the hit television show “Nashville.” In addition to numerous headline outings, Striking Matches have opened for Train and toured the U.S. with The Secret Sisters on a co-headline tour.
Retrograde – Track Listing
Striking Matches – 2018 Tour Dates
Supporting Phillip Phillips
2/10 – Charlotte, NC @ The Neighborhood Theatre
2/11 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa Theater
2/13 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
2/14 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
2/15 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
2/17 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
2/18 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
2/20 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
2/22 – Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre
2/23 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
2/24 – Macon, GA @ Cox Capitol Theatre
2/25 – Nashville, TN @ 3rd and Lindsley
2/27 – Charleston, SC @ Music Farm
2/28 – Saint Petersburg, FL @ Palladium Theatre
3/2 – Jacksonville, FL @ Florida Theatre
3/3 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live