Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

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Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

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The Suitcase Junket

Pile Driver

(Signature Sounds)

Junkyard virtuoso's DIY approach is heartfelt and intense

Suitcase Junket was born the day Matt Lorenz reached inside a dumpster and pulled out an old, moldy acoustic guitar. He took it home, washed it with vinegar, and found one tuning that actually worked: open C, which brought out the rumble in the guitar's low strings and the rattle in its highs. In a stroke of genius, he paired it with his newfound trick, overtone singing, and after years of playing with other people-and collecting junk-Lorenz went solo.

In an age of multitracking, he's an old-school one-man band, and no matter how difficult, he's doing each part really well. With his feet, he plays a discarded film reel (cymbal), a box of silverware (tambourine), a circular-saw blade (crash), a cooking pot (snare), a galvanized heating duct (tom), and an extra-large suitcase (bass drum) that also serves as his throne. …

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