Play (Lists)

Maryjo Mattea Releases 60’s Inspired Pop-Punk track “Candlelight and Roses”

by Daniel Warren Hill

Washington, DC-based songstress Maryjo Mattea just released “Candlelight and Roses”, which simultaneously evokes classic ’60s “wall of sound” vibes and early aughts pop punk feels. Complete with hand claps, Jerry Lee Lewis style piano, and Shangri-Las inspired backing vocals, this throw-back number is a song for the cynics. “The last thing the world needs is another tortured love song,” Mattea sings, and yet that’s what she’s produced–a snarky anthem for anyone who’s ever been fed up with modern courtship.

In its June 14th premiere, Hometown Sounds referred to it as “dark, cynical and yet still sweetly adorable.” You can read their full review at

It’s understandable that Hometown Sounds would jump at the chance to premiere Maryjo’s latest track. In 2016, when they premiered “Getting Over You” from her debut EP Four Minute Symphonies, they rightfully pointed out that Maryjo “has the charisma and the songwriting chops to rise above lesser singers and develop a substantial following”, which she has proven in a short time.

Cover Art for Maryjo Mattea's 60's inspired pop-punk influenced track Candlelight and Roses.

The track provides some interesting credits as well. the concept for the artwork came from the mind of Joshua Hunter, who played guitar for recording of “Candlelight and Roses”. Joshua recently released a track called “Turing Test” via his solo project, Endless Winter. The photography and design work was done by Eamonn Donnelly, who also plays bass on “Candlelight and Roses”.

If you can’t get enough, you can follow Maryjo Mattea on Spotify or even purchase her full discography from Bandcamp

Daniel Warren Hill

Daniel Warren Hill is an American musician, writer, and motivational speaker. He is best known as the frontman for Washington DC area Alternative Rock band YellowTieGuy, as co-founder of Capitol Groove Collective, and increasing the exposure of artists on a global scale through his work with Alchemical Records. 

More to explore

Pennsylvania queer duo Witch Weather pose for a promo photo outside on the street.

Witch Weather: ‘People Are Missing Close Connection’

Queer duo Witch Weather discuss new album and the influence of the DMV on their sound.

Philadelphia-based queer punks Witch Weather have a message for anyone who feels hopeless and worthless: you are not alone. With an irresistible sound that draws from 80’s goth and lo-fi grunge, the indie duo wears their heart on their sleeve, giving voice to complex emotions that many would opt to suppress in the recesses of their minds.

Join Alchemical Records as they connect with Witch Weather to discuss the band’s new self-titled album, their search for a sense of belonging as members of the queer community, the important element that keeps the duo’s creative bond strong, and the influence of the DMV on their sound.

Read More »