Following 2 blurred out, weary years of relentless touring, 2015 saw The Matinée eager to get back into the studio and rekindle their creative fire. After the success of their 2013 debut album We Swore We'd See the Sunrise (featuring the top 20 single Young & Lazy), the band approached long time cohort Steve Bays (Hot Hot Heat, Mounties) with a batch of undercooked new songs and half-cooked dreams of the next album. Bays turned to the band and said, "No - we're starting from scratch."
With Bays and long-time collaborator Ryan Dahle (Limblifter, Age of Electric, Mounties) at the production helm, the band locked themselves in Vancouver's fabled Greenhouse Studios for a week - raising their antenna to the noosphere, courting madness, reaching, stretching, rocking, and pretty much reinventing themselves.
The resulting collection of songs - the Broken Arrows EP - is palpable, not to mention infectious. The session captured a balance of risk and seasoning - something only achieved after years of friendship and collaboration, blood, sweat and tears shared on and off the road by these high school friends.
"It just worked," concludes vocalist Matt Layzell, on the band's week long trip to the outer rings of imagination. "It's like a snapshot from a rest stop along the road of our evolution....and the view is pretty wild."
Matthew Rose Guitar & Vocals
Matthew Layzell Vocals
Peter Lemon Drums & Vocals
Geoff Petrie Guitar, Percussion & Vocals
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