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Matchstickmen – A Change in Season
We are all looking for a band willing to bring to life a new way to resemble music we love while having a unique sound all their own. Well music lovers, look no further, here come Matchstickmen! These impressive men emerging from Liverpool, UK have put on the map a sound that is individual, yet echo’s a bit of Nirvana, a dash of Pearl Jam, and a pinch of Soundgarden. The “idea” of Matchstickmen was started towards the end of 2005 and took about seven years to get everything sounding the way they dreamed.
The band is composed of Lewis Wright on vocals, Peter Donnelly on guitar and Iain Forsyth on bass. These guys can surely rock out and this is only the beginning. Just like Donnelly stated, “don’t ever think you’ve heard our best work. The best is yet to come.” They have already made a splash in the music industry overseas by being played on various FM radio and online radio stations.
Matchstickmen’s EP album titled A Change in Season, which was released in July, 2012 is just an ear snack to tide you over for what is coming next. After listening to the album countless times, it has revealed itself that if you take some classic rock guitar playing, some 90’s grunge sound with vocals, and some new alternative, put it in a glass, shake it up and out pours a musically pleasing cocktail. Each song takes you on a ride which is interesting and consuming.
Take “Lead Balloon” as an example as it is not only a good song to listen to, it also has a meaning that would probably hit the hearts and minds of everyone. “The lyrics in the song mean a lot to me, it’s about friends of mine going through a rough patch in their relationship, The overall message is that sometimes something that’s broken, can never be fixed,” stated Lewis Wright in a brief interview. Now we all know that relationships are work and sometimes they just don’t end up like we want them to.
An interesting turn in the album is the last song “Give In To Me,” which was actually first sung by Michael Jackson featuring Slash from Guns N’ Roses playing guitar, who are two of the biggest icons in rock n’ roll history. Having the opportunity to cover that song and do such an amazing job like they did definitely gives them one large step towards greatness.
I have had the opportunity to do a quick interview with Matchstickmen and one of the questions that was brought up which would help other bands who are trying to get their break in the music industry was, is there any advice that you could give to these bands who are striving to make it? Their response was very honest and also to say very true, “Don’t bother trying unless you’re prepared to sacrifice some serious s**t. You need to play with right musicians… that may take time but once you’ve found them, it makes everything totally worth it. Leave your emotions outside the band; it’s a business at the end of the day.”
Matchstickmen is definitely a band worth listening to. They do their best when creating songs that bring you with them along their endeavor. It makes it more memorable and fun to see them grow and gain fans not only in the UK but now in the US as they expand their love for what they do and their talent to be amazing musicians. Don’t waste any more time, check them out, the world is ready for Matchstickmen!
Rating: 5/5 Stars!!
Album Name: A Change In Season
Release Date: July, 2012
Location: Liverpool, UK
Genre: Alternative Rock
Band Members: Lewis Wright – vocals, Peter Donnelly – guitar, Iain Forsyth – bass
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