Photo by Ed Aller

Photo by Ed Aller

Mathias / Vizion / DJ VThom / Andrew Gibson / Terry Grohman / Shelby Carter / Quasar Camp

(And a revolving cast of sea fairing dirty birds with serious musical chops)

Mathias and the Pirates have become legendary for their passionate, energetic live shows with sweeping, sing-a-long hooks and infectious instrumentals that captivate crowds from beginning to end. Live instrumentation meets old school turntablism and masterful lyricism in this award winning, celebrated project from some of the best and brightest the embattled city of Saint Louis has to offer.  Since 2012, The Pirates have become the go-to group to share stages and collaborate with some of music’s most legendary voices, including Femi Kuti, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Run the Jewels, Fishbone, Freestyle Fellowship, The Midnight Hour, Dessa, Sadat X, Blackalicious, Latyrx, Dead Prez, Kool Keith, The Urge, Blueprint, Dam Funk, Chali Tuna, Mobb Deep, and many more. 

Three stellar albums are the result of an unwavering, artisan approach to creativity and expression that defies anything typical and redundant. It's a heavily tattooed, soul-shakedown hip-hop party with a punk rock attitude and an affinity for deep, funky boogalo.  Goes well with weed and whiskey. 

The Pirates are coming off of a big couple of years, with high profile appearances at Loufest, Showcase STL, Lo-Fi Cherokee, The Sheldon Concert Hall, Peabody Opera House, 4Hands Lupulin Carnival and more providing the wind for their sails. Look for their releases “Life of the Buzzard” (multiple producers, featuring Sadat X), “Caveman Barnacles” (produced by Matthew Sawicki, featuring Aceyalone and Blueprint) and "Sadie the Goat" (produced by DJ Crucial, featuring Abstract Rude and Myka 9), as well as their contributions to the yearly “Prologue” releases by the Far Fetched collective everywhere you find music!  #wearefarfetched


Photography and imagery by Ed Aller