Sometimes you read an artist's bio and their sound makes perfect sense. Matt Charette was raised on his parent's Bonnie Raitt and John Prine albums, and then started playing in Boston punk and hardcore bands as a teenager. His favorite band was Darkbuster, and after they broke up he was inspired by singer Lenny Lashley's solo acoustic performances. "4X4," the new single from Matt Charette & The Truer Sound, fits all of that perfectly. It's roots music with a punk edge. That phrase gets used a lot, especially around here, but "4X4" just has a little more of an edge to it than most folk punk tends to. Maybe it's Charette's vocals that land somewhere between punk frontman and folk singer, or maybe it's the Drive-By Truckers-esque guitar solos, but it's a gruff and warm folk and punk song.
You can watch the video for "4X4" below. Lo Fi High Hopes is due out March 10. For more on Matt Charette, check out the artist on Facebook.