Just returned from their mainstage NAMM appearance in Southern California, this 4 pc band is gaining a fierce local following of “Shoe-Heads”. Their originals ring of early Jethro Tull, Revolver era Beatles, and psychedelic pop while their covers span the Doors, Grateful Dead, Elton John and more.
The core of the Matching Shoe line-up consists of: Dillon Wilfong (guitar/vocals/occasional percussion) and Ben Vennard (keyboards/upright bass/vocals). The dynamic duo joins forces with Dominic Anzalone (drums/percussion/vocals) and Lia Spanos (electric bass/electric guitar) to transform their catchy and welcoming melodies into anthemic concert experiences. Their repertoire consists of both original and cover songs that combine the sounds of Classic Rock ‘N’ Roll, Art Rock, Folk, and Blues.
Layered with incredible musicianship and vocal harmonies of their own, the band is made up of multi-instrumentalists who can be seen switching between their instruments during live performances. Although this might give them their unique edge, they have also achieved some impressive feats on their own. Among their many accomplishments, Vennard was a member of the Saint Louis Symphony and Anzalone was awarded first chair drummer for St. Louis All Suburban Honors Band in 2015 and 2016 and received honorable mention for the 2017 All State Band. He is also a member of the Jazz Saint Louis All-Stars.
Fueled by the same musical styles, the band released their first album ‘Out Thru the Window’ in August 2016. Their next EP titled “Don’t Hide It. Divide It” was recently released fall of 2017, which was recorded between St. Louis and Aftermaster Studios in Hollywood, California. Some of their big influences include Wilco, Johnny Cash, Pink Floyd and The Beatles.