By Amanda Dittmar - For Weekender

QUICK CHORD: Mat Burke, Abandon the Tides, and The Engine Of A Film

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By Amanda Dittmar

For Weekender

Photo courtesy of Mat Burke

Kyra Howell Photography photo, courtesy of Abandon the Tides

Photo courtesy of The Engine Of A Film

Mat Burke

Scranton/Philadelphia, Pa.

Sounds like: Bitter folk rock and cubical punk rock influenced by Bob Dylan, the Clash, Descendents, and Starwars.

Fun fact: Mat grew up a punk rock kid and thought it was the only music that spoke to him and said anything real… that is until he heard Bob Dylan’s “like a rolling stone” and that changed everything.

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Abandon the Tides

Mount Laurel, N.J.

Sounds like: Indie punk and emo grown in your basement. Their songs remind you that you’re not alone even when you feel lonely.

Fun fact: The band really consists of guitarist Casey Greatrex and drummer Matt Brenner. Their first show together was to their parents and girlfriends.

Find them:,, Instagram: @AbandonTheTides

The Engine Of A Film

Newton, N.J.

Sounds like: A raw blend of emo and punk.

Fun fact: Everyone in the band is influenced by Glocca Morra and we are all cashiers. The band also likes to get drunk together and listen to an entire album then rate and review it.

Find them:,, Instagram: @theenginenj