A former skateboarder once on the verge of going pro, Costa suffered a broken leg at age 19 and shifted his attention to music. In 2003 he released his debut EP (the simply titled Matt Costa EP, produced by No Doubt guitarist Tom Dumont) and, in 2005, put out his first full-length album. Costa then devoted the next few years to touring extensively both in the U.S. and abroad, supporting everyone from Modest Mouse to Oasis and playing all of the major U.S. festivals (including Coachella, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Sasquatch and Bonnaroo). In 2008 he recorded his sophomore release Unfamiliar Faces (featuring the tune “Mr. Pitiful,” which was selected for the I Love You, Man soundtrack), and in 2010 self-produced Mobile Chateau. Now, with the new self titled album, Costa’s ceaseless exploring of vast musical territory has yielded a selection of songs that carefully mine his influences while conjuring up an uncommonly fresh and visionary new sound.