Press Archive


Loud Women - 11.08.09
“[‘The Other Side’ is] a gorgeously genre-smashing song… It’s a fab piece of music.”

Week in Pop - 11.06.18
“[‘The Other Side’ is] an epic and uncompromising anthem.”

Surviving the Golden Age - 10.24.18
“Reminiscent of Liz Phair, a mixture of grunge rock with pop sensibilities.”

DCist - 08.16.18
"On 'We Were Here,' a very Jill Sobule-sounding Maryjo Mattea sings "The laughter and the cheer, the omnipresent tears—we all get knocked down but we keep on dancing." The D.C.-based vocalist and guitarist cites Alanis Morissette and the Beatles as musical influences and performs both solo and in several bands, including rock duo Two Dragons and a Cheetah and dreampop outfit Color Palette."

Hometown Sounds - 11.15.17
Special guest on Hometown Sounds podcast. 

Project HERA - 11.03.17
"Mattea is a staple in the D.C. music scene, playing in a wide variety of arrangements... Maryjo’s powerful voice carries a message reminding us that, ‘… if you’re not mad/ Then you’re not paying attention.’"

Another Wasted Hour - 06.28.17
Special guest on Another Wasted Hour podcast episode 28: "Sax and the City."

Thump - 01.19.17
Featured on "11 Protest Parties You Can't Miss This Inauguration Weekend, in D.C. and Beyond" list.

1001 Records - 09.30.16

Four Minute Symphonies featured on September 2016's best albums list!

Brightest Young Things - 08.18.16
Featured on "D.C. Best Weekend Bets" list.

iCadenza artist interview - 08.16.16
"Maryjo Mattea is a prolific musician in Washington, DC, actively performing in at least three bands as well as composing her own music and participating in many side projects. Sounds like someone who really dedicates her life to music — but music is actually only one half of Maryjo’s accomplishments."

DC Music Rocks radio show - 08.16.16
"Have you ever met someone in the public eye and just immediately decided that you like them and that they're good people? That happened to me with [Maryjo]. I went on to find out that she's also a Zumba teacher and is in not one, not two, but four musical groups. I am in awe of this woman."

Power Popaholic - 07.08.16
"'Rocket Science' is an obvious single, with a hummable chorus and strong guitar solo in the break. 'We Were Here' is a frantic ’90s pop theme that would work well in a sitcom’s credits... I prefer the bouncy 'Wish I May' which falls in the power pop category with its hand claps and harmonies. Give it a chance on your play list."

One Love Massive - 07.06.16
"True to her style, [Four Minute Symphonies] is an amazing blend of folk/rock melodies fused with her incredible voice."

Chunky Glasses - 06.20.16
"[We Were Here is] power pop [with] a little 90s edge to it, but ultimately a satisfying sunny hit of rock and roll... As we roll into summer, this is a f*cking good summer song."

Poetry in an Empty Coke Can - 04.27.16
"Maryjo Mattea, the folk-pop-punk-rock songstress and local fixture on the DC circuit...performs regularly in the District on any given night of the week with any of her many bands, which currently include synthpop collective Color Palette and the Beatles tribute act Doctor Robert and Penny Lane."

Hometown Sounds - 04.20.16
"Maryjo Mattea has the charisma and the songwriting chops to rise above lesser singers and develop a substantial following."