Roo News

The Student News Site of University of Missouri - Kansas City

Roo News

Roo News

Courtesy of Rosanne Wickman
Remembering G. Fred Wickman: Journalist, Professor and Mentor
Melissa Reeves, Guest Writer • May 16, 2024

On April 27, 2024, former Kansas City Star columnist, UMKC professor and U-News (now called Roo News) advisor G. Fred Wickman passed away after...

Kansas City has a chance to advance to the Summit League Championship for the first time since 2011.
Roos Softball Advances to Championship Semifinal
Zach Gunter, Sports Editor • May 10, 2024

  Kansas City has thrilled viewers in the first three games of the Summit League Softball Championship.   Entering as the third seed,...

A picture of the posters on the University Walkway.
UMKC Students Received University Pushback at Pro-Palestine Protest
Aurora Wilson and Maisy Blanton April 29, 2024

  Over 150 students showed up to participate in a protest in solidarity with Palestine and other protests across the nation on Monday.   Around...

Amidst the festive spirit of St. Patricks Day, the iconic symbol of luck, the clover, reminds us of the rich traditions and celebrations honoring Irish heritage.
Exploring St. Patrick's Day Alternatives in Kansas City
Aydan Stigler and Grace Beshore March 14, 2024

  The annual St. Patrick's Day celebration is just around the corner, and with celebration comes large crowds.    The annual city parade...

Visit the City Market to explore local vendors.
Smart Saving Strategies for a Wallet-Friendly Spring Break
Emily Wheeler, Staff Writer • March 14, 2024

  UMKC students are ready for the upcoming week-long spring break, but are their wallets?   From travel adventures to staycations, spring...

New Artist Spotlight: Mattiel


“And in 20 years time will it all be mine, or will I wish that I could take it all back?” – “Keep the Change,” from Mattiel’s album “Satis Factory” (2019) 

New rock up-and-comer Mattiel Brown spent most of her childhood on a farm in Georgia, where she spent her days learning guitar and riding horses alongside other daily farm tasks. Eventually, she moved to Atlanta and got a job working as a web designer and illustrator. 

Shortly after, Brown met multi-instrumentalists Randy Michael and Jonah Swilley (now her guitarist) and bonded over similar music tastes. After she sent them some demos, they asked her to perform live with their band, Black Linen. 

Michael and Swilley were co-owners of a songwriting and production team named InCrowd, so when Brown proposed the idea of fronting her own musical act, they were keen to help. Thus, the Mattiel Project was born. 

They draw inspiration from the post-punk, early 2000s garage-rock revival scene fronted by acts like The White Stripes, Modest Mouse and The Strokes, as well as from ‘60s garage-rock and blues-rock. Mattiel and her band craft rounded angular guitar riffs, driving bass patterns and catchy melodic phrases. 

Mattiel in particular is showing significant improvement in her writing with every new release. She addresses a range of topics, from the potentially damaging effects of certain masculine stereotypes in “Je Ne Me Connais Pas” to reflecting on her path in the music industry and where it could take her in “Keep the Change.” 

There is a general reliance on tambourines and gang vocals that can start to feel a little overbearing a few times, but it’s not enough to affect the overall quality of her records. 

As a newer artist, Mattiel is growing into her sound. Her progression with it is certainly going to be something to look out for. 

To date she’s released two albums and an EP: 2017’s “Mattiel,” 2019’s “Satis Factory” and the EP that came out earlier this year, “Customer Copy.” 

If you like acts like Cage the Elephant, The White Stripes and The Black Keys, then there’s definitely a song or two here that will be up your alley.

[email protected]

Leave a Comment
Donate to Roo News

Your donation will support the student journalists of University of Missouri - Kansas City. Your contribution will allow us to purchase equipment and cover our annual website hosting costs.

More to Discover
Donate to Roo News

Comments (0)

All Roo News Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *