Gratifying, sunny and laid-back country-rock impressed by street journey.
The Matinee’s ‘Change Of Scene’ is a largely laid-back and sunny country-rock album that brings visions of summer time and seashores to thoughts as one listens to it, though this isn’t the entire story. When you consider The Eagles you gained’t be distant from their sound and, certainly, they sing about Don Henley on the title monitor, which was impressed by a street journey that the band took:
“We had been half method residence once we pulled into Portland/ Snow was falling laborious, masking our tracks/ We crossed that bridge listening to Henley”
Jaded by touring and pissed off at by no means seeing the locations they performed at, the 4 founder members of the band went out in a van on an unplanned street journey southwards to the Pacific Northwest area of the US. In doing this, they discovered that, along with serving to them bond as nice buddies, the “untamed fantastic thing about nature” refreshed them and unlocked their creativity, with this album being the end result.
Though the report sounds barely Californian, The Matinee are literally from rainier Vancouver with the founder members being Matt Layzell (vocals), Matthew Rose (guitar, vocals), Geoff Petrie (guitar, vocals), and Peter Lemon (vocals, drums). Two-time ‘Roots Artist of the Yr’ winners on the British Columbia Nation Music Affiliation awards, that is their fourth album in 15 years. Additionally within the group are keyboardist Georges Couling and bassists Marcus Abramzik and Joseph Lubinsky, who took activates varied tracks.
The album will get off to a flying begin with ‘Dangerous Dependancy’ the place the feminine backing vocals and the keyboards give a really robust soul flavour. The lyrics have a hippy, positive-thinking vibe: “All clouds have silver linings/ So preserve your glass half full” This view of the world is echoed within the ultimate monitor ‘Keep Gold’, a paean to simple livin’ and getting excessive: “You’re nothing however a spirit/ Nothing however a breeze/ Nothing feels nearly as good as operating free”. ‘Keep Gold’, although, is barely startling musically, containing proggy keyboard, gospel and nation at completely different occasions.
Nonetheless, though tracks two and three have breezy melodies, their darkish lyrics are a distinction to this. ‘Highway To Hell’ is a story of mom and daughter prostitution and the consuming of a army veteran and the catchy ‘Lower To Items’ is miles away from hippiedom, it seemingly taking the type of a revenge tune. Lovely metal guitar is added by Steve Dawson on ‘Yr Of Nothing’ and on one of many highlights, ‘The Approach It Goes’, amongst others. Elsewhere, ‘Shake It’ is a bluesy shuffle and ‘Prepare Rolls On’, with its apparently thumbs-up view on the touring life, has a delicate sluggish groove.
The robust melodies and customarily optimistic vibes within the lyrics make ‘Change Of Scene’ an gratifying hear. It has the texture of a report made by good buddies having fun with one another’s firm and having fun with life itself.