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From the opening notes of Bad Addiction, it’s clear that Vancouver quintet The Matinee is feeling particularly introspective on its new album Change of Scene.
The group behind such singles as Young and Lazy will preview the entirety of its new record at the Painted Ship, 2884 W. Broadway, on Sept. 23. Admission is on a first-come/first-served basis with tickets at the door.
Heavily influenced by such seminal groups as the Band, Boz Scaggs and other seventies Americana crews, the highlights of the new recording are many. From the acoustic bass and lap steel guitar rockabilly of Shake It to the bluesier Train Rolls On, the band is cracking throughout. Lead singer Matt Layzell is in fine form and clearly working with multiple Juno award-winning producer Steve Dawson was the right choice to showcase the member’s chops.
Particularly impressive on the new material are the contributions from keyboardist Georges Couling, whose carefully constructed organ and piano work is perfectly suited to each tune he appears on. Naturally, the guitar work from Matt Rose and Peter Lemon will be expanded on in the live setting, but they keep the soloing to a creative constraint on the album.
With each release, this talented band keeps finding new depths. Working with different talented producers pays off in nuanced differences in the songwriting as well.
All told, another fine effort from a fine band.