The rise of the Matinée has seemed all but inevitable. After placing third in the 2011 Peak Performance Project, the band had the chance to go places and meet people and develop their sound. It resulted in the band recording songs with two different producers and one album of extremely accessible roots-flavoured rock.
Over the course of We Swore We’d See the Sunrise one can expect plenty of great group vocals and harmonies and some fantastic guitar work. The title comes from a line from the song “L’Absinthe.” The song tells a very true story of a night of madness the band experienced while in Quebec.
Storytelling is definitely something the band does well here, such as in the band’s first single “Young & Lazy.” The song is an unabashed tribute to the days of being, well, young and lazy, and the band communicates it well with both the lyrics and the very catchy and upbeat instrumentals.
Those looking to hear the tasty guitar work in the highest possible focus will find it in the songs “Long Way Home” and “This Town.” One can also see the band’s softer side on tracks like “Who Stoned the Roses” and “December Slumber.”
Two definite highlights to the album are “The Road” and “The Sinking of the Greenhill Park.” Both are completely different beasts, though. “The Road” is another very grooveable song in the vein of “Young & Lazy.” But the latter song is one that shows that the band isn’t against going in a different direction every once in a while. What starts with just vocals and acoustic guitar goes under a majestic build as rolling drums are added in alongside banjo. This type of crescendo isn’t really seen anywhere else on the album, making “The Sinking of the Greenhill Park” even more poignant.
The Matinée are definitely a band to watch out for. And who knows, they may just be the next band to bring an appreciation of roots and country to the masses. Get We Swore We’d See the Sunrise from iTunes.
Top Tracks: “The Road”; “The Sinking of the Greenhill Park”
Rating: Strong Hoot (Good)