Last year, Philly’s Matthew Jurasek went on his first vacation in ten years. His band Thee Idea Men was on hiatus, he finally had a break from his day job as a jazz publicist, and he and his old bandmate Kris Pirnat decided to travel to Italy, where a café encounter with another American tourist make him stop and take stock of life back in the states.
“This guy was at a table with his wife and daughter,” Jurasek remembers. “And he just wouldn’t let them speak at all. He pooh-poohed [his daughter] a bunch whenever she tried to talk.”
Later on, he sketched out the story into lyrics, reflecting on alpha-male aggression and domineering personas. And as he wrote, he realized that there was more to the encounter than he realized.
The song that resulted, “45,” is the first single from his band Jurks, and it premieres today. Jurasek gradually began writing with a new project in mind after Thee Idea Men took a break from playing and recording. “I had a bunch of material I really didn’t know what to do with,” he says. “Not that the band was ever against those songs, but stylistically they didn’t fit with the concept we were going for.” Continue reading →