BIO / PRESS
Over 25 years and 3500-ish shows fronting Far, onelinedrawing, New End Original, and Gratitude, Jonah has played as many homes as he has huge festivals, and he brings the same thing no matter what — a devoted fanbase, a deep catalog, raw honesty, and an interest in making every show unique and personal. In just the last few years, he's written a book about raising his daughter while making music for a living (Alone Rewinding), made a record with J Robbins and Zach Barocas of Jawbox (Camorra), made a record with Ian Love of Rival Schools (I Is Another), and released a solo album (Me And You Are Two) — all while playing hundreds of shows, sending out thousands of orders, and keeping up with countless inboxes.
People have compared Jonah to Prince, Tom Petty, The Clash, Jonathan Richman, and even Beyoncé, so he clearly doesn’t fit into any genre. As the frontman for post-hardcore pioneers Far and indie innovators onelinedrawing and New End Original, he’s influenced countless singers and bands over the last 25 years, from Dashboard Confessional to Deftones. He’s toured with artists ranging from Jimmy Eat World to Sepultura, done a split EP with Frank Turner, and been featured records by Fort and Lupe Fiasco, Thursday, Kimya Dawson, and Deftones. He was making a living doing sliding-scale and crowdfunding and crowd-sourced patronage way before it was cool. He’s made records with budgets ranging from $300 to $300,000. Simply put, there is no one quite like Jonah.
“A loose, free-roaming approach to songwriting that pushes his music beyond the normal sad-sack singer/songwriter cliches”
“One of music’s most charismatic, tuneful, purist geeks...” -ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
“You may know singer-songwriter Jonah Matranga from his various group projects--Far Gratitude, New End Original and the anagrammatic onelinedrawing — but music made under his own name still sounds as sweet... Matranga may have done his best work while flying solo.” -ALTERNATIVE PRESS