Producer Matt Serletic, having just finished helping to turn to “Shine” by Collective Soul in an essential piece for MTV, met a guy named Rob Thomas, a skilled writer Orlando I was looking for a place. Serletic and Thomas proved musicians in search of a couple of people who could support Thomas the obvious ability to write good pop music. Thomas, born in Germany as a military child, I had played with drummer Paul Doucette and bassist Brain Yale in several local bands. They already were. Adam Gaynor and Kyle Cook, two guitarists able to push the sound of the band in all appropriate directions, soon followed. Matchbox Twenty was now complete and ready to drive into the studio.
With Serletic in control and the best songs of Thomas on cassette, in October 1996 the band released “manually or relevant lyrics somehow fit between classic rock and modern. They went on tour to support the album and soon became his first hit: the debut single release “Push” came on the radio.
Matchbox Twenty became the perfect rock band for radios, were melodic enough to listen, heavy enough to rock and enough to cross demographic barriers.