Sweeney performing with Chavez in 2011
|Birth name||Matthew D Sweeney|
|Born||July 2, 1969|
New Jersey, US
|Other associated acts||Skunk, Chavez, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Iggy Pop|
Sweeney was the first member to join Zwan after Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin started the project in 2001. His previous band Skunk was praised by Corgan in the Pisces Iscariot liner notes while discussing "Frail and Bedazzled":
|“||frail and bedazzled owes a great debt to the band skunk, with whom i ripped part of this song off. skunk was probably the greatest band that i ever knew/saw that is virtually unknown-even less than the frogs. frogs. skunk. i miss skunk.||”|
|— Billy Corgan, Pisces Iscariot liner notes|
After joining Zwan, Sweeney recruited David Pajo to the band. He co-wrote "Mary Star of the Sea" with the rest of the band and sang on "The Number of the Beast", which was a B-side on the "Honestly" single and also appeared on the Spun soundtrack.
Jack Sweeney's Open Mic residency[edit | edit source]
While Zwan was in the studio recording Mary Star of the Sea, Sweeney hosted a "secret" open mic every Monday at The Hideout in Chicago, called Jack Sweeney's Open Mic. The was belief Jack Sweeney was actually Matt Sweeney of Zwan, and rumors were confirmed at the debut event on September 9, 2002. Chicago-area musicians would sign up and play two-song sets every week, in between the two-song sets by Zwan members Billy Corgan, Matt Sweeney, Paz Lenchantin and David Pajo, with occasional performances by the full band.
Relevant discography[edit | edit source]
- Total shows:
- First performance: Royal Bliss 2001-05-10 (featuring Billy Corgan) at Liquid Joe's, Salt Lake City, UT, US
- Last performance: Zwan 2003-06-13 at Pielachtal Festivalgelände, Hofstetten, AT
References[edit | edit source]
- Cohan, Brad (23 December 2010). "Q&A: Chavez's Matt Sweeney On How He Ended Up Working With Josh Groban". Village Voice. Retrieved 14 September 2015.