VISITING ACT ‌ A New 'Skate-Rock?' 

Matt Costa bounces from one extreme to the other

If things had gone according to plan, singer/guitarist Matt Costa would be on the pro skateboarding circuit these days, making a living as one of the top stars in that burgeoning sport. That plan changed four years ago when the 23-year-old, who began skating at age 12, shattered his leg in a skateboarding accident.

"Yeah, that was kind of my dream and my goal," Costa says, on his ambitions for skateboarding. "I dedicated, like, eight hours a day to it. All of my friends that were kind of around the same level as me, after I'd broken my leg, they all have turned pro and are making their livings off of it. Every time I open up a skateboarding magazine now, I see all of my friends in there, which is really cool."

Of course, Costa is getting to return that favor these days, as his face is starting to show up in music magazines with the recent release of his first full-length album, 2005's Songs We Sing, which was recently re-released with four different songs on the new version.

The album's cool vibe comes from a variety of pop and rock influences. He first visited Charleston in support of the collection last fall, opening for Jack Johnson and A.L.O.

"It started off as just, like, just to record for fun for a couple of demos just so he could learn more about producing and so I could learn more about being a performer in the studio," Costa says. "From there it was like every song that we had, like by the time we were done with song, I would have written another song. Now here we are, we have tons of recordings." —Alan Sculley

Matt Costa plays a show with Greg Laswell and Elvis Perkins on Sat. June 17 at the Music Farm at 32 Ann St. Tickets are $12 and $10 (adv.). Call 853-3276 and check www.musicfarm.com and www.mattcosta.com for more info.


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