A lifetime studying music and it’s litany of influences converge in Matthew “Math” Judson’s Demagogue’s Delight  (1916 Records), with songs ranging from sweet song-of-the-summer earworms like “Magic” and the Arctic Monkeys-like pogo-inducing charisma of “Gunfire” and “Mind Over Matter” to the wistful, soaring journey-within-a-song beauty of “Unanswered Prayers” and “Out The Back.” Throughout, the album is punctuated by standout guitar solos and hooks galore and is a journey through self awareness and growth. Featured are contributions from Blake Atwell, Shreddward Brailliff (Bright Light Social Hour), Michael Patrick St. Clair (White Denim, Polyphonic Spree, Okkervil River), Travis Kennedy (The Deer, Electric Ladyland Studios) with mastering by Steve Marek (Monobody, NNAMDÏ, Tigran Hamasyan). 

Young Math Judson dove headfirst into music as a child in the Chicago area at the age of 9 when his parents kindly replaced his homemade tupperware drum set with a real one.  From there, he progressed to studying percussion and piano and joining marching band and drum line to jamming with friends in the basement while being nurtured by accomplished professors who had worked with everyone from Al DiMeola, Clark Terry to KC & The Sunshine Band. In college the lefty learned to play on the right handed guitar and played in a plethora of bands ranging from post-punk to funk and jazz fusion while honing his skills performing with professional Broadway performers like Anthony Rapp (Rent, Dazed & Confused) and Shoshana Bean (Wicked, Hairspray, Ariana Grande, Michael Jackson).

After earning a degree in jazz studies, the artist moved to Austin with the band that would become The Pride in 2014 and launched a solo career while touring with The Digital Wild (members of Fort Never). That solo career conceived Demagogue’s Delight, which showcases Judson’s considerable skills and funnels them into a promising debut bursting with captivating single-worthy gems.

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Tim Anderl is an American journalist from Dayton, Ohio, whose work has been published in Alternative Press, Strength Skateboarding Magazine, and Substream Music Press. He was previously the web editor of GhettoblasterMagazine.com and is currently the editor of YouIndie.com, a host of Sound Check Chat Podcast, and a contributing writer for New Noise Magazine, Ghettoblaster Magazine and Dayton City Paper.

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