LISTEN: Matthew E. White Releases the Rolling and Romping Americana Single “Rock & Roll Is Cold”

From the upcoming album Fresh Blood, out March 10 on Domino.

The first glimpse of Matthew E. White’s sophomore album (and debut on Domino) Fresh Blood came in the form of an abstract album teaser shot on Super 8, equal parts melancholy and mysterious.

Completely flipping the vibe to the other side of the spectrum, White has now shared “Rock & Roll Is Cold,” a seethingly catchy three-chord romp that tastefully takes influence from one of his idols Randy Newman, a man who also knows a thing or two about using the twelve-bar blues to his satirical advantage.

White himself explains that the new song is “about how we continue to take the most vibrant, soulful, deep music and make it a caricature of itself. We look into it, force it to turn in on itself, force it to turn back on itself, and we lose the source, we lose the mystery, the magic, and we seem to be unaware that any of that is even happening.”

Your new Americana overlord, ladies and gentlemen.

Check out the lyric video for “Rock & Roll Is Cold,” along with White’s North American tour dates below.

Matthew E. White tour dates


03 – Brooklyn, NY – BRIC Arts Center, Southern Lights Tonight
07 – Savannah, GA – Savannah Stopover Festival
16 – Dallas, TX – Three Links
22 – San Diego, CA – Casbah
24 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
25 – San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop
27 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
28 – Seattle, WA – Sunset Tavern


01 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th St Entry
02 – Chicago, IL – Schubas
03 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Tavern
04 – Philadelphia, PA – World Café Live
05 – Allston, MA – Great Scott
07 – Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
11 – Richmond, VA – The Broadberry

Fresh Blood is out March 10 via Domino.


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