By: Luke Ottenhof –
East Coast rock and roller Matt Mays is storming back across Canada, with a little help from his friends.
The former frontman of Juno-nominated Matt Mays & El Torpedo has spent the last two years writing and recording, which culminated in the release of his solo debut, Coyote.
Inspired by cross-country roaming, natural solitude and a manic spiritual connection to the outdoors, the record is jam-packed with tasty, wholesome fuzz and woodsy acoustic strumming, all strung together with Mays’ unmistakeable howl. Opening track “Indio” kicks off the album with a classic bang, and he keeps the old-timey feel burning through the tracks.
The road warrior toured the country for the better part of last year, and is about to do it all over again. New Jersey’s blue-collar punk-rockers The Gaslight Anthem tapped Mays to open for them on their US tour this spring, exposing the Canadian product to the West coast and inwards.
Mays will rock Ottawa’s Ritual Nightclub back-to-back on March 18 and 19, with Toronto’s July Talk slated to open.
Fronted by Peter Dreimanis and Leah Fay, July Talk has been described as equal parts Johnny & June Cash, Tom Waits, and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes, all fitting descriptors for the conglomerate of sounds that encompass the rootsy quintuplet.
Just about every indie group claims to be the music world’s best-kept secret. July Talk just might fit the bill, but the jump from good to great comes in the flesh. A live show can make or break a band, so catch the group at Ritual next week to decide for yourself.
Mays’ fiery live energy makes for a memorable evening; scramble that with July Talk’s promising sonic unions, and a pretty killer night of Canadiana is on tap. The one-two punch fill out two nights, and what better place to take in some of Canada’s brightest talent than in the capital city.