At the age of fifteen, a shaggy-haired, wide-eyed kid named Matt Tarka was recruited by some classmates to join a band, and soon began tinkering with his first electric instrument - a four-string Peavey Fury bass guitar.
Since those formative years, Tarka self-released a four-song EP “Rind of the Moon,” in August 2009, and his newest offering in September 2011, a five song EP titled "Motorcycle Breakfast" recorded by DC area producer/engineer Dave Mallen.
Tarka's songs are long-awaited and do not disappoint. He's got an approach to songwriting that blends some very different influences to create a sound all his own and that can't be pigeonholed or labeled.
His wordplay reminds you of Golden Smog/Gary Louris in that he delivers a really poignant message in a somewhat playful and endearing way - Being present and in the moment is what matters most in this life.
One can only hope there is more to come from Matt Tarka. His songs jolt you like a conversation with an old friend – picking up right where you left off on the trail.
Matt Tarka has shared the stage at various shows with: The Ladybug Transistor, Midnight Hike, Thrushes, The Snowy Owls, The Late Virginia Summers, Canary Oh Canary, Vasco, Charlie Harrison, Double Saginaw Familiarity, Brittany Jean, Molly Hagen, The Judy Chops, Alex Vans, René Moffatt, Jonah Knight, Richard Newcomb and more.