Matt Mays

London Music Hall & FM96 Present...

Matt Mays


Fri, April 21, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


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Matt Mays
Matt Mays is on a quest to find and create the music that he hears in his head. When he stays still the sound of it drifts farther away: "when the vibrations stop," he says "it's time to move on." A few years back, Matt left wherever he was living at the time to embark on a journey into open space. To live in the midst of a world where anything could happen. A crusade into the sound, traversing the vast musical divide that he calls home. Mexico, California, Indonesia, Hawaii, Costa Rica, New York... wherever. He used surfing, yoga, and a ukulele as tools to bring him closer to the melodies and words in his head. Eventually, the sound was found. As soon as he stepped off the plane in Halifax he started work an album he called Coyote: a proper home for all his experiences. Imagery painted with song. Coyote covers the whole spectrum of the sound that Mays finally found. "I've always loved animals that are beautiful but dangerous," Matt explains. "It's a good analogy for life. Coyotes are native to Canada, Mexico and the United States and that's where I lived while writing this album."
Coyote is Matt's fifth album since his self-titled debut. Released in late 2012, it has won three MusicNS awards, been named Album of the Year by the ECMA and won a JUNO for Rock Album of the Year.
Whether it's a California stoned and hazy rock and roll song like 'Indio' or an alone at the microphone heartstring strummer like 'Chase The Light', you'll feel it. You can tell Matt found what he was looking for. In every song you can hear a freedom in his voice, and if you listen closely enough can hear the sand from ten different beaches scratching on the fret board of his guitar. "I wanted to make songs that followed my outlook on life as honestly as possible and record them as honestly as possible. That's it."
The gods were on Matt's side one day while working on Coyote. He was scheduled for a mixing session at one of New York's most prestigious studios and the mix files didn't show up. Panic mode. The studio engineer asked Matt if he had any songs to record to make use of the time. Luckily, the night before Matt stayed up all night and wrote 'Take It On Faith', which ended up being Coyote's first single. "I had no musicians handy so I was forced to play everything myself except for the drums which were played by local monster Greg Wieczorek who happened to be one street over in Soho with his drums in his car. He nailed it, first take. The whole song was recorded in a few hours. It was one of those rare sessions where everything works out." It's fitting that fate was such an integral part of the birth of the song 'Take It On Faith'.
Matt will bring this sound to your town and his band will play it loud. He will sing these songs with soul because every verse means the world to him. After all, he chased them down, in a journey around the world, and he has sacrificed everything to get to sing them for you.
The heart is a funny thing. It's strong, vulnerable, vital, but unlike most of the important things in our
lives, it's not protected by bricks or Kevlar. Unless you have a Kevlar heart... and if so, where did you
get it? Can I have one? For the rest of
us, we put ourselves out into the world blind and unguarded;
we love, we live and sometimes we get hit (possibly hard).
When we mess
up or get messed
up, our
hearts help us use those mess
ups to learn, to light the way, and get a bit closer to a less mes
Wildlife has always kind of been about a similar kind of thinking. We're all in this together, so lets get
movin', always forward, never back, don't dwell on the past, let's build on our mistakes, try new
things and stop pretending you know
everything cause you don't and that's annoying. AND That's
pretty much what our entire first record was about!
Strike Hard, Young Diamond
(our first record)
was a study of letting go, an observation of youth, what it means to be young, reckless, naïve an
d all
of the incredible things that can come out of happy accidents. We used themes of adventure,
exploration and vitality to explain jumping into the dark, deep water not knowing or caring where
you came up for air.
I guess it only makes sense that our
new record is about realization. It probably asks more questions
than gives answers.
The one answer it does give is really nothing new, but it has a lot of meaning to
me either way, which is why we call it
"...On The Heart".
We view it as an essay, a love l
etter, a
tribute to the heart itself. Everything it does for us, to us, how it helps us and hurts us. How it heals
us, holds us up and pushes us forward. It keeps us going, keeps us living and gives us a place to be
free. Don't stop believin'? Follow your
dreams? Sure. But it seems to me that the heart is too
complex to be summed up in a catchphrase. I think it would be fair to say that this new album was
created to try to make a little sense of that complex, mysterious, vital muscle. Maybe with a couple
tchphrases thrown in for good measure. We buried our hearts deep inside this thing, and we hope
you love it as much as we do.
Dean Povinsky + Wildlife
(Dean Povinsky is some guy who just wrote this thing you read. He is the lead singer and guitarist o
Wildlife, along with Derek Bosomworth (bass), Dwayne Christie (drums) and Graham Plant (guitar).
Their critically acclaimed, not so good selling first album
Strike Hard, Young Diamond
came out in
November 2010. But what they care about right now
is ...On T
he Heart
, to be released March 5 2013
on Wax Records. It was recorded with some really awesome guys named Peter Katis (The National,
Interpol) Gus Van Go and Werner F (The Stills, Hollerado). Wildlife lives in Toronto, but they want to
come meet you in per
son and spoil you rott
Venue Information:
Rum Runners
178 Dundas Street
London, ON, N6A 1G7

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