2013-05-02 / Arts & Entertainment News

Band is rock, reggae or simply Making Faces

BY SCOTT SIMMONS


Matthew Shea, John DeMatteo, Matt Gaulin and Jesse Lopez of Making Faces will play will open for Barenaked Ladies at SunFest on May 5. 
COURTESY PHOTO/LAUREN LOUISE PHOTOGRAPHY Matthew Shea, John DeMatteo, Matt Gaulin and Jesse Lopez of Making Faces will play will open for Barenaked Ladies at SunFest on May 5. COURTESY PHOTO/LAUREN LOUISE PHOTOGRAPHY You may have heard the advice from Dad, or perhaps from a critic: “Don’t quit your day job.”

Well, the members of Making Faces have taken that advice to heart.

Maybe that’s what makes them one of the hardest working bands in Palm Beach County.

Never mind that lead vocalist and guitarist John DeMatteo sells roofing materials by day.

You can catch the four-piece band at 1 p.m. May 5, when it debuts at SunFest, opening for Barenaked Ladies.

Or you can catch up with Mr. DeMatteo and company playing at any number of SunFest after-parties in downtown West Palm Beach: Dr. Feelgoods on May 2, World of Beer on May 3 and Bar Louie on May 4, and even after doing a show at SunFest, a performance at Tin Fish on May 5.

“We’re totally excited. We’ve trying to get into SunFest for a few years. Once you get in you don’t get in again for a long time,” Mr. DeMatteo said.


Matthew Shea, John DeMatteo, Matt Gaulin and Jesse Lopez of Making Faces will play will open for Barenaked Ladies at SunFest on May 5 as well as multiple gigs in downtown West Palm Beach during SunFest. 
COURTESY PHOTO/LAUREN LOUISE PHOTOGRAPHY Matthew Shea, John DeMatteo, Matt Gaulin and Jesse Lopez of Making Faces will play will open for Barenaked Ladies at SunFest on May 5 as well as multiple gigs in downtown West Palm Beach during SunFest. COURTESY PHOTO/LAUREN LOUISE PHOTOGRAPHY He is especially stoked to showcase the band’s original music.

“Our sound is kind of a blend of rock, reggae and funky punk. If Sublime, the (Red Hot) Chili Peppers and Green Day had a baby, it would look like that,” he said.

It’s a muscular sound with a sure beat that goes from rock to reggae in a heartbeat, and Mr. DeMatteo’s vocals are crisp and confident.

This quartet, which also includes Matthew Shea, Matt Gaulin and Jesse Lopez, has been performing together for about two years, playing anywhere from Broward County north to Fort Pierce and back.


Making Faces recorded an album last year titled “Bright Roads Ahead.” 
COURTESY PHOTO Making Faces recorded an album last year titled “Bright Roads Ahead.” COURTESY PHOTO “We’ve been pretty busy,” said Mr. DeMatteo. “We play pretty much every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.”

The group released an album, “Bright Roads Ahead,” in February 2012, and played a summer tour that took them from North Carolina to Florida.

They have headlined festivals and events such Light Up Ocala, Ignite The Night, Delray Affair, South Florida Fair and Hard Rock Live, and they have opened for or shared the stage with such bands as Ballyhoo, Dirty Heads, Everclear, Barenaked Ladies, Michael Franti, Fortunate Youth, Lenny Kravitz, Soul Asylum, Less Than Jake, Switchfoot, Pepper, 10th Avenue North, Jimmy Needham, 311 and Third Eye Blind.

“We’ve done the South Florida Fair three years in a row and the Delray Affair two years in a row, Mr. DeMatteo said.

Those are convenient for a band whose members hail from West Palm Beach, Lake Worth, Boynton Beach and Coconut Creek.

Making Faces frequently plays gigs at Propaganda in Lake Worth, JB’s on the Beach and Kahuna’s, both in Deerfield Beach, and Grease in downtown West Palm Beach.

Then it’s on to bigger things for this local band.

“We opening up for Soul Asylum in July, and we’re going to be playing the BB&T Center in Sunrise for the Fourth of July,” Mr. DeMatteo said.

That arena venue seats tens of thousands of people.

“We’re just excited,” he said. “We’re just trying to take it to the next level.” ¦

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