It’s been a while since I found a singer/songwriter that I got really into, perhaps since I first started listening to the likes of Chuck Ragan and City and Colour. But Canadian singer Matty Myatt evokes memories of Ragan, Brian Fallon and co with his passionate, engaging sound – or ‘singy songies about his feely dealies, as he delightfully terms it.
We also enjoy that his first name and surname are anagrams of each other – which is a definite first for the site.
We took a listen to Matty’s latest track The First Song (Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying & Love the Bomb), which starts slowly but soon heats up. It opens up with Matty’s lamenting vocals that gradually increase in intensity with the line “Do you hear horses, I swear to God I hear horses but who would believe that guy” over a drawn-out synth sound.
It suddenly bursts into a catchy rampage of faster vocals over acoustic guitar and driving drums. I particularly enjoy the great singalong line “I have grown accustomed to the outcome of impending doom, I have learned to love the way out of your bedroom,” which gives way to more a chorus of higher-pitched vocals and backing vocals. Check it out below:
We had a chat with Matty to find out a bit more about what inspires his music. Read on below…
GR: Who is Matty Myatt? And where are you from?
MM: “I’m your buddy! I live in Toronto, ON, Canada, though was raised in a small town, Owen Sound.”
GR: You just released The First Song. What should people be expecting from the song? What inspired you to write it?
MM: “This one’s a bit of a tough sell. There’s some patience involved. It’s almost two different songs starting off with some hazy ramblings but then transitions into a burst of energy. This was one of my first songs I ever began to write for myself. Musically it was all there but I couldn’t find the words to finish it, at least for a few years and that’s what the song is really about. Finding that moment to lift you out of your rut.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
MM: “Just a guy smearing some rusty vox over his fandangled twang box….with a love of folk and punk.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
MM: “Whatever’s going on in my head. I usually just let the pen do the work and I can decide what I meant by it later. But I do touch on all the hits such as broken hearts and social injustices.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
My biggest influences are the songwriters who have also pursued solo careers from some of my favourite bands growing up, such as Brian Fallon/Gaslight Anthem, Craig Finn/The Hold Steady, Laura Jane Grace/Against Me, John K Samson/The Weakerthans, Chuck Ragan/Hot Water Music, and anyone with a story to share.”
GR: What have you got coming up through the rest of 2019?
MM: “I’ll be at Railyard Festival on 27 July at Mudtown Station, in Owen Sound. More music will be released this fall as well.”