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Adam and Eve gig review

Valeria Rispo witnessed Mama Matrix at the Adam and Eve last month, and lived to tell the tale…

The sheer size of the sound by this 5-piece band was way above the size of the main room at the Adam and Eve, which was full to the brim with fans. The set started with Daz’s huge voice screaming “Destroyer!!” a classic tune which set the fast and manic pace of the evening.

Clever and witty lyrics, accompanied by Anne’s dextrously gorgeous and hypnotising violin and a somewhat twisted jazzy drumbeat all the way, a dreamy and unexpected electric guitar and a very heavy & bassy tuba pushing through the night.

With all this going on you can’t help but be swept along blindly without a moment to stop and get a drink! Though they passed through a couple of somewhat slower tunes, even “Melancholy Flower”, which starts off slowly, speeds up to incredible velocity.

By the time they jumped into their classic song ‘Irene’ which incidentally, shows off Daz’s vocal genius and the band’s impeccable timing, the Adam and Eve didn’t know what had hit it. The whole place was jumping up and down with rarely-seen abandon.

How Mama Matrix came to be

In late 2005, a group of musicians moved into a house in Birmingham’s Speedwell road, and converted the basement into a secret after hours bar, where they ran a sreies of late night jam parties, primarily to pay the rent. The reputation of the SAC (Speedwell Arts Centre) quickly spread across the city and beyond, attracting a diverse crowd of accomplished musicians and artists. Three of these musicians; singer/songwriter Daz Dolczech, guitarist Murpheus and violinist Anka J started playing together regularly, united by their passion for Balkan gypsy music. They were joined by tuba player Dark Mavis and drummer Mike Hurley. and so Mama Matrix was born.