Critically acclaimed eclectic roots outfit Scrapomatic released I'm A Stranger (And I Love The Night) via Landslide Records this summer, and their first video for the project--a blend of stop motion cut out animation over a live background for the song "Rat Trap"-- premieres today at Huffington Post
Mike Mattison, who also sings and writes songs for the Grammy Award winning Tedeschi Trucks Band, leads Scrapomatic. Due to the continuous road schedule on the road with TTB, the band wanted to do an animated video.
“’Rat Trap’ seemed to be the obvious choice,” says Mattison. “It has a creepy narrative about relationships going wrong in off-brand casinos. Who wouldn't want to see a cartoon about that?” View the video at HuffPo here.
Mattison is joined in Scrapomatic by Paul Olsen, an in-demand New York musical director credited with two ASCAP songwriting awards. This album also adds a new permanent band member, Alabama-bred, multi faceted guitarist, Dave Yoke, while again featuring the crack Atlanta rhythm unit of Ted Pecchio (bass) and Tyler Greenwell (drums).
Scrapomatic meshes distinctly different approaches into a compelling amalgam of roots, r&b and homegrown soul-folk. I'm A Stranger (And I Love The Night) continues the band’s distinctive forays through an intoxicating variety of American musical styles.
All Music calls I'm A Stranger And I Love The Night, “Another terrific addition to a small but quality catalog of offbeat roots music that never panders to its audience or takes it for granted.” No Depression approves, "The family of musicians has certainly struck upon a formula for award winning music."
Scrapomatic will be in New York City this weekend when they peform at Joe's Pub on Sunday, December 9. Tickets to the show can be purchased here.
Mike Mattison won a Grammy as lead singer with The Derek Trucks Band for 2009's Best Blues Album, Already Free. In 2010, The Derek Trucks Band announced a hiatus, and Mattison joined the new group, Tedeschi Trucks Band, as a backing vocalist and songwriter. He won another Grammy with TTB for 2011's Best Blues Album, Revelator. His compositions, “Bound for Glory” and "Midnight in Harlem," received significant airplay and the latter was featured in the band’s performance for the DVD of Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2010.