Matthew Logan Vasquez is a proud new dad, and congratulations are in order. Not only for the birth of his son, Thor, last year but also for the release of his video to ‘Fatherhood’. The Californian-Texan is known for his eloquently meaningful vocals and heart-wrenching melodies and didn’t disappoint with this touching video, initially released on his latest album ‘Does What He Wants’.
The album, released by Dine Alone Records Worldwide, hit the airwaves on April 21st of this year with a cornucopia of complex lyrical dynamics that subtly told a story of the ups and downs of life and the beauty that weaves within them.
Fatherhood is the song I wrote in the weeks leading up to my son Thor’s birth. This song reminds me of sitting on the couch watching The Wire with my very pregnant wife Marthe waiting to meet who would become the 2nd love of my life. It’s been a fun almost 2 years.” Vasquez said, of the track.
He sings “We ain’t got the money to pay the hospital,” a vaguely dystopian line that confirms the difficulty of day-to-day living, in a money-driven world. It depicts an image of monetary monsters grabbing and ripping at the happiness of new fatherhood, something typically utopic; truly acting as a summit of the conflict in Vasquez’ mind as he stepped closer to the potential hardship coming his way, perfectly captured by the juxtaposition of optimism portrayed through negativity.
While it may seem that this is a sad song, his beautifully expressive vocals – reminiscent of 1986 Morrissey, coincide with the heart-warming scenes in this video. Home-video style shots tug at heart strings and promise nostalgia with the low resolution and hints of un-cut gushes from the shots, leaving the viewer reaching for the phone to call their parents.
It ends with a clip of a young boy having his tooth pulled out via string and a slamming door – we’ve all been there. Whether by intention or not though, it encompasses this song, and Vasquez’ struggle and hopefulness entirely. It begins with the realization that you’re growing up – you’ve outgrown your milk teeth, but that’s met with uncertainty – will it hurt, am I ready? But in the end, happiness and optimism outweighs the negative and there are toothless grins all round.
Join Vasquez on his US tour this fall with American country-punk band, Lucero.
Matthew Logan Vasquez – 2017 Tour Dates
09/10 Pensacola, FL Vinyl Music Hall
09/11 Houston, TX White Oak Music Hall – Downstairs
09/13 Dallas, TX The Rustic
09/14 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad
09/16 Long Beach, CA Long Beach Folk Revival Festival
09/17 Reno, NV Whitney Peak Hotel
09/19 Ft. Collins, CO Aggie Theatre
09/20 Lincoln, NE The Bourbon
09/21 Maquoketa, IA Codfish Hollow Barnstormers
09/23 Utopia, TX Utopia Festival
Author: Megan Matthews
Photo credit: Marthe Vasquez