The Matinee finds solace on The Road 0
Vancouver alt-rockers The Matinee. (SUBMITTED)
Vancouver alt-rockers The Matinee have been putting in the miles to promote their debut CD with some heavy touring. Currently back home, the group is gearing up for a four-show tour of B.C. with Dallas Smith. With the local date Sept. 26 at the Commodore, Joe Leary spent 24 Seconds with guitarist Matt Rose.
24: Since we last spoke you guys played some key dates back East. How was the reaction?
MR: The shows back East were great. We were in Toronto in March for Canadian Music Week, then again in June for North by Northeast, both times touring extensively in Ontario. We made it out to Quebec for a bunch of shows as well, which were all amazing. We’re actually heading back that way at the end of October and we’ll be spending most of November in and around Toronto. Being from out West we’re lucky that a lot of people out here know who we are and what we do. For us, it’s important to play out East as much as possible to continue spreading the word in those markets as well.
24: Do you find there are differences in audiences from city to city?
MR: Audiences are definitely different from town to town, and even from night to night. In the bigger markets we are starting to play for bigger audiences, so that’s been really rewarding for us. Regardless though, for us to be successful we know that we have to bring our ‘A’ game every night, whether we’re playing to five people on a Monday night in Moose Jaw or 1,000 people on a Friday night in Toronto.
24: You just released a second single, The Road, from your debut CD.
MR: The Road was actually a song that we wrote a couple of years ago, but it was just released to radio a month or two ago. We had a demo version of it that was floating around a year or two ago, but we decided to re-record the song when we put together our album, We Swore We’d See the Sunrise, and we’re really happy with how the new version turned out. It’s become a staple of our live show, and it’s a bit of testament to all of the miles and hours that we’ve spent out on the road, playing shows and travelling from city to city.
24: Do you enjoy the overall process of making music videos?
MR: Music videos are fun, though we’d rather be on stage playing to crowds than in front of the camera playing to the crew. It is fun to be involved in the creative side, putting together the concepts and seeing how we can ‘visually’ express a song. A few guys in the band, I won’t mention names, do really enjoy getting the make-up put on.
24: How would you say you’ve grown as artists?
MR: There’s just a lot more maturity to what we do now. From writing to rehearsing to our live shows to all of the behind-the-scenes stuff, we approach everything with a much more-focused and business-like mentality. When we were younger our rehearsals and band meetings were just an excuse to get together and drink. Now we get together and drink in a very professional manner.
24: As a songwriter what are you influenced by these days?
MR: The beauty of this band is that we’re all songwriters and each of us is inspired by all sorts of things; being on the road, relationships, friendships, the state of the world, what’s going on inside of our heads. I think above all else we’re all inspired by other music. Good music. The Internet has made it so easy to find great music if you can sort through all of it and we’re always looking for new bands and new songs to inspire us. And if we can’t find anything new … there’s always The Beatles.