Mathias / Ms. Vizion / DJ LB

(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.  The Pirates have become the go-to group to share stages and collaborate with some of hip-hop and Rock's most legendary voices, including Femi Kuti & Positive Force, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Freestyle Fellowship, Sadat X, Blackalicious, Latyrx, Dead Prez, Kool Keith, The Urge, Blueprint, Dam Funk, Murs, Chali Tuna and many more.  A long list of awards and accolades follows the group wherever they go, and they continue to innovate and break boundaries when it would be much easier to keep with the status quo.  Two 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 whiskey.  #wearefarfetched

 

Photography by Ed Aller and Beth Gibson