“HELLO, WE ARE THE MATINÉE, WE’RE BIG FANS, AND WE WANT TO WORK WITH YOU.”
THIS WAS THE INTRODUCTION EMAIL THAT THE BAND PENNED TO LEGENDARY GRAMMY-WINNING PRODUCER/MIXER JIM SCOTT (ROLLING STONES/RHCP/DIXIE CHICKS) WITH THE HOPES HE WOULD HEAR SOME PROMISE IN THEIR NEW DEMOS.
TWO MONTHS LATER HE WAS PUTTING THE FINISHING TOUCHES ON THE FIRST BATCH OF SONGS, AND BOTH JIM AND THE BAND KNEW THEY HAD MADE SOMETHING SPECIAL.
HAILING FROM THE WEST COAST RAINFORESTS OF VANCOUVER, THE MATINÉE’S SOUND HAS ALWAYS FELT MORE SOUTHERN, DRAWING OFF INFLUENCES RANGING FROM THE TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND TO TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS. IN THE DECADE SINCE THEY FIRST FORMED, THEY HAVE BECOME A POWERHOUSE ROOTS-ROCK BAND WITH A FOLLOWING ACROSS NORTH AMERICA, PLAYING ANYWHERE FROM AIR FORCE BASES TO PRISONS… AND EVERYWHERE IN BETWEEN.
NOW WITH 4 ALBUMS AND SEVERAL AWARDS UNDER THEIR BELT, THE GROUP IS EXCITED TO SEE WHERE THEIR CREATIVE PARTNERSHIP WITH JIM SCOTT LEADS, PROVING THAT SOMETIMES, A SIMPLE HELLO CAN CHANGE EVERYTHING.
The Matinée’s debut album, We Swore We’d See the Sunrise was produced in 2013 by Grammy award-winning producer Steve Berlin (The Tragically Hip, Los Lobos), the record’s salt-of-the-earth sound made a splash on radio across North America.Young & Lazy became a bonafide song of the summer and earned the outfit a string of prominent festival bookings across North America.
Next, they linked up with Mounties members Steve Bays and Ryan Dahle, who produced the Broken Arrows EP in 2015 and helped to nurture the ensemble’s gritty rock influences. The result; the first single off the record, Temper Temper, hit #1 on the CBC Radio 3 national charts.
Wanting to return to their ‘roots’ the band then sought out producer Jamie Candiloro (Ryan Adams, REM, Willie Nelson) for Dancing On Your Grave in 2017. A heart-swelling collision of hook-infused rock and earthy Americana influences, the album garnered 3 singles (Figure It Out, Blood Alley, Dancing On Your Grave) that have kept the band busy with touring and festival appearances right up until now.
The Matinée has spent much of the past year holed up in remote cabins, working on material for their next release, recording the first of these songs with Erik Nielsen and Grammy-winner Jim Scott (Tom Petty, Tedeschi Trucks). Expect new music from the band in 2020.