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Joe Leary spends 24 Seconds with acclaimed Coquitlam rocker Matt Good. (SUBMITTED)
Matthew Good returns to the spotlight with his sixth solo album, Arrows of Desire. With an upcoming Canadian tour that culminates with a show at the Orpheum Theatre Nov. 28, Joe Leary spent 24 Seconds with the acclaimed Coquitlam rocker.
24: Is it a good time in your life right now?
MG: Yeah. I actually have no complaints. One of the difficult things in this stage of an album cycle is the fact that you’re getting ready to leave home for an extended period of time and in my profession, that’s a very difficult thing to do with kids because you miss your kids. My wife and I co-sleep with our kids. Rae’s got the girls, our baby daughter and older daughter, and I sleep with my son. It’s very difficult for me to sleep without him.
24: Would you want them to be ‘road kids?’
MG: No. When it comes to touring, I’m like a huge bus guy. I don’t do hotel rooms; I live on the bus, but at the same time I’m not one of those people that have their own bus. I like all my people with me so my crew and my band are on the same bus. I just like that camaraderie. Everyone being there translates very well into show time because there’s always a continual conversation. I’m not the only one with kids.
24: Did any of the little Goods inherit the musical gene?
MG: I don’t know, it’s a little too early to tell with the two young ones.
24: Do they respond to music?
MG: Oh yeah, huge! They’re dancers and my eldest daughter sings quite a bit. She’ll invent songs around the house running around with her brother.
24: Going back to your youth, what inspired you to become a musician?
MG: I was a painter and wrote and listened to a lot of music, but I didn’t start playing guitar until I was 20. I learned to sing for a band I joined and how I did it initially was I put on Bookends by Simon and Garfunkel and sang it back to front until I could do all of Paul Simon’s parts and some of Art Garfunkel’s. That’s where it started for me, and because of that I went into acoustic music first and then into rock from there. I kinda did it ass backward. I sang incorrectly up until Beautiful Midnight when I had surgery on my voice and had to learn to talk and sing again. When I was younger, being a singer was the furthest thing from my mind.
24: Do you have any performance anxiety?
MG: Maybe in the early, early days I got nervous, but it’s a hard thing to think about now because I don’t. I’ve been doing this for so many years, you walk onstage and it’s just another stage to walk on. Showtime comes, I warm up and we go and do our thing.
24: When the Matthew Good Band ceased to exist, was it purely so you could kind of spread your musical wings and go in a different direction?
MG: Not really. The band imploded, but it had nothing to do with music. The band didn’t cease to exist because of that, the band ceased to exist because you’re talking about four people who just never really liked each other. Ian and I are fine now. He played on my last tour, but the rest of us never really got on. It’s like The Police; when you’ve got people sometimes it can create some pretty cool stuff but there’s so was so much politics going on just prior to the release of The Audio of Being, it just all came to head. To be honest with you, I was just trying to keep it all together and then I just gave up. We had spent four months recording it and it was done for an obscene amount of money and everyone was high on their horse, me included. It just basically built to such a head, it just wasn’t going to happen any longer. As soon as I realized that, I started writing Avalanche right away.