Anchorage, Alaska resident Matthew Witthoeft currently records and performs under the moniker of Parker Longbough. He first got his start in the local music scene there when he was a member of indie rock band Uncle Jesse. But they eventually folded leaving Witthoeft to take his Parker Longbough mantle (and some of his former band members) and create some wiry, guitar-pop-infatuated music that recalls the glory days of melodic indie rock in the early '90s.
The latest record from Parker Longbough, "Left on Tri," will be released on April 20 via Wilderhood Music. It was mostly written during his time working through his sophomore album, "Bridges to Nowhere/Delirium in Lo fi" but doesn't feel bound by the avenues of that particular record. During the writing of "Left on Tri," he was living in an old cabin in the Alaska woods, but through these songs, he was trying to regain his sense of community with the world around him.
On his new single, "RNC 2000," he shapes a captivating and slightly roughed-up indie rock landscape around his deadpan speak-sing vocals. Like some modern Guided By Voices or Pavement jam, the track deftly maneuvers around the expectations surrounding indie rock to find that all it takes is a little ingenuity and hard work to discover new ways of approaching these familiar sounds. This is a track with a well-known musical lineage, but it's one that doesn't rely on that same lineage to do any of its heavy lifting. Spry and energetic, the song pays homage to its indie ancestors while still carving out its own little niche within the genre.