The Matinee is a group of musicians hailing from Vancouver, British Columbia. Rather than investigate the band before I listened to their music, I went ahead and listened to all five tracks on their self-titled EP, without knowing a thing about their genre, influences, and past projects etc.
I will admit, I was expecting a heavier sound from The Matinee (not sure why) but instead I began to listen to a collection of songs that very much resembles the work of a crossover Folk or Country and Western group, looking to break out of their current genre and delve into a new sound. Perhaps this feeling was because I had expected a heavier sound from the band. Now that being said, each song brought me to a certain place that I often feel when listening to musicians such as Sam Roberts, Tom Petty, Blue Rodeo, and even Bob Dylan; reflecting on my own life, though lyrics that explore the deeper feelings one might have, rather than the typical sex, drugs, and raging anger many of today’s rock influenced bands produce.
All of the tracks on the album have a very easy listening sound, complete with the unexpected sounds from a steel guitar and even a mandolin. The vocals remind me of a cross between Josh Todd and Tom Petty, haunting and telling with just enough roughness to solidify a slightly rock sound to their music.
“The Road” the first track of the self-titled album is both vocally and instrumentally pleasing. It’s a mid-tempo song that seems to be written as a life’s anthem, reminiscing about where you came from and remembering your roots.
“Let Her Go” explores the age-old story of a woman scorn, searching for her night-in-shining-armor. Of all the songs on the album, “Let Her Go” has the most country and western sound.
“Lonely” delves into the man’s perspective on relationships, with a heavier country-rock feel.
“Friends” is probably my favorite song off the album. I could hear this song being played in a movie or television sitcom.
“What I Found” is ballad that would be perfect to listen to while watching the sunset on a hot summer night with the one you love… very slow and haunting.
Overall, this EP from The Matinee would most likely attract an audience that may tend to prefer a more folk or western driven sound. I personally don’t care for western music, but when listening to this EP, I found that I enjoyed the music and could easily listen to it again.