Striking Matches Release New EP, Retrograde

Retrograde (Capitol Records), the new EP from Striking Matches, is now available HERE. The three-track collection follows the duo’s ShamelessEP, which was released last fall. Striking Matches – comprising Sarah Zimmermann and Justin Davis – are sharing the stories behind the songs on both EPs in a series of videos that launched today on the band’s social media. In the first clip, they talk about how “Retrograde,” the new EP’s title song, came to meld dance beats with bluesy pentatonic grooves.

Tomorrow, Striking Matches will join Phillip Phillips on the first leg of The Magnetic Tour. The North American run will include a two-night stand at The Sinclair in Cambridge, MA (February 14 & 15), a February 18 show at Irving Plaza in New York City and a concert at 3rd and Lindsley in Nashville, TN on February 25. Tickets can be purchased at See below for itinerary.

Striking Matches are currently at work on their sophomore album, which will be released later this year.The duo’s 2015 full-length debut, Nothing But The Silence, has racked up more than 10 million cumulative streams worldwide. Produced by T Bone Burnett,it won acclaim in the U.S. and abroad. NPR’s “World Café” hailed Striking Matches as an “Artist to Watch” andBuzzfeed named the duo as one of the “Artists You Need In Your Life.” USA Today said, “Sarah Zimmermann and Justin Davis give off sparks as singers and writers, but they’re even hotter guitarists. Incendiary.” American Songwriter observed, “these songs crackle and sizzle.” Nothing But The Silence debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes UK Country Chart and several tracks were featured on BBC Radio 2’s playlist.

Zimmermann grew up outside Philadelphia, and mastered the guitar, clarinet and violin before middle school. Davis, who is from Atlanta, began playing guitar at an early age. A professor at Belmont University in Nashville paired them up for class projects, and they soon started writing together. Nine of their songs were performed in the first four seasons of the hit television show “Nashville.” In addition to numerous headline outings, Striking Matches have toured with such artists as Train, The Secret Sisters and JOHNNYSWIM.

Striking Matches – 2018 Tour Dates
Supporting Phillip Phillips

2/10 – Charlotte, NC @ The Neighborhood Theatre
2/11 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa Theater
2/13 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
2/14 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
2/15 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
2/17 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
2/18 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
2/20 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
2/22 – Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre
2/23 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
2/24 – Macon, GA @ Cox Capitol Theatre
2/25 – Nashville, TN @ 3rd and Lindsley
2/27 – Charleston, SC @ Music Farm
2/28 – Saint Petersburg, FL @ Palladium Theatre
3/2 – Jacksonville, FL @ Florida Theatre
3/3 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live

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