Shoot out the lights, and stone the roses—there’s some strong autobiography going on between the lines of The Matinée’s debut full-length album, We Swore We’d See the Sunrise. Produced largely by Grammy-winner Steve Berlin (REM, The Tragically Hip, Los Lobos) and recorded in their hometown of Vancouver, this honest collection of songs reveals a band throwing everything they have into a record they’re treating like a milestone. The album also features 2 tracks recorded with Steve Bays (Hot Hot Heat), including the lead single ‘Young & Lazy’. And while the Tom Petty-esque rocker is a warm tribute to idle youth, the song’s lyrics also describe the strong bond that has carried these five long-time friends all the way through to this, the key moment in their career. After years of roadwork and growth, playing everywhere from prisons to air force bases and every watering hole in between, The Matinée has found its niche ploughing the middle ground between rural festivals and the urban hipster ground-zero of your choice. With an explosive live show that has been described as “an uproar of stomping, clapping, and blazing chops,” The Matinée are in the rare position of being welcome at both.
‘We Swore We’d See the Sunrise’ comes out today, February 26, 2013, on Light Organ Records