Rising Boston-based duo FBGM (Matt Jatkola, D. Orxata) is quickly becoming known for their genderless/genreless music and emotionally engaging performances. Their songwriting prominently features bittersweet lyrics, smooth harmonies, and versatile production influenced by dream pop, indie rock, R&B, and acoustic folk. They’ve elicited comparisons to Cocteau Twins, Low, Mazzy Star, My Bloody Valentine, and The Beatles, with some even describing their sensibilities as Lynchian.
Matt and D. started FBGM in 2016 to collaborate on songwriting, production, and performance. Having already developed a shorthand while working together in the synthpop band The Bynars, they began writing, recording, and touring immediately, releasing their debut double A-side 7" single “Dog Collar/Fan” on vinyl in May 2017. Several digital singles followed in 2018, including “Lullaby,” “Apple Trees,” and “Victim.” They partner regularly with visual artists and filmmakers and contribute music for nonprofit causes focusing on issues such as immigrant rights.
Matt Jatkola is an accomplished songwriter, musician, producer, vocalist, and artist who came up in the eclectic central Massachusetts punk/hardcore/DIY scene, fronting the indie rock/post-hardcore band The Danny Tanners (2000-2003), the experimental rock band Lights (2003-2007), and the synthpop band The Bynars (2008-2013), while simultaneously releasing music as a solo musician. He has shared the stage with acclaimed acts such as fun., Lucius, and The Front Bottoms. Matt has produced remixes for Tegan & Sara, Bleachers, Katie Ellen, and Soft Pyramids, and he composed the score for the independent horror film Bloody Henry (2018). His music is featured in the Netflix reboot of 90210 and in a number of television and web commercials. Matt produces music out of the duo’s studio, Peace & Love Laboratories, in Arlington, Massachusetts.
D. Orxata is a non-binary Latinx singer/songwriter hailing from the border towns of El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. Self-taught, they learned guitar via albums by The Cranberries, Cafe Tacvba, La Ley, and Failure. In 2003 they relocated to Boston and shifted to electronic and chiptune music before joining The Bynars in 2011 as a vocalist. In 2015 D. played in the experimental Sonic Youth-inspired Babe Riot and the shoegaze duo Patio Rat and was a founding guitarist for the transcore/powerviolence band WIMP. D. is a guest columnist for Performer Magazine, with their article “5 Things Every Synth Novice Should Know” featured as the cover piece for the magazine’s special synthesizer issue in 2016. D. is currently collaborating with Pura Belpré Award-winning illustrator Raúl the Third and acclaimed visual artist Elaine Bay on a children’s music project.
FBGM is embarking on a short East Coast tour in December 2018 and will set out on their first West Coast tour in February 2019.
RIYL: Lucius, Tegan & Sara, Beach House, Low, Mazzy Star, Cocteau Twins, My Bloody Valentine, Cults, Wet, Chvrches