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Matchbox Twenty On ‘North’: Band Says They Made 60 New Songs Before No. 1 Album Came Together

NEW YORK – The process of recording the new album from Matchbox Twenty was something like living in a frat house – with tons of red wine instead of beer.


While the creation of “North” – and living together in Nashville – vocalist Rob Thomas jokes that the quartet ” spent, like, $ 40,000 Fair wine in the wine. “.
At 5, 6:00, we break for dinner and things would go south,” said Thomas, 40, said in a recent interview. “And we thought it was amazing, everything we were doing was awesome, and we would come back and we find some new band in downtown Nashville and bring them back to the studio …

and play all this crap. Know who you away go, ‘Dude, the new album by Matchbox Twenty will suck! ‘“
None of these songs made it into the “North” album – which may be part of the reason that debuted at No. 1 on Billboard 200 albums last week after selling 95,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The rockers recorded the album, their first release since the 2007 compilation album “Exile on Mainstream”, in New York, Los Angeles and “forest” of Nashville. They had not lived together as they do when they recorded their debut platinum 12 times 1996 “yourself or someone like you.”
But they said reunification was “natural” and the musicians began writing material while Thomas toured his second solo album in 2009. Paul Doucette, drummer of the band, said they recorded 60 songs, and selecting the final tracks was tedious.
” We became very overwhelmed with the material and really the amount of different directions (we could) have with the material,” he said. “Within these 60 songs was an American record, there was a pop album, and was a rock.”
Thomas added: “Not to mention you pass out and you wake up the next day and someone would come and be like, ‘ I became a ragtime record!”
The Grammy nominated band – which includes guitarist Kyle Cook and bassist Brian Yale – said to be in Nashville influenced his sound, even though they got rid of him towards the end: “It’s like they decided it was not the disc we were doing.”
The album’s first single, the cheerful “She’s so bad,” is an outlet for the rock band, best known for the hits “Unwell “, “3 AM” and ” Bent .”

” Our songs are lyrically a bit heavier and not as many types of tongue in cheek lyrics, and it was kinda nice to come out with something that is not our typical (sound),” Doucette said the Top 40.
There is also “Put Your Hands Up”, an upbeat song about a girl who wants to escape his tough week in the dance floor.
“At the time I wrote the line ‘ Leave your heart on the dance floor “I ‘m like,’ I ‘m going there! I go there ‘, “a smiling Thomas said, as Doucette laughed.


Matchbox Twenty Keeps Fans On Their Feet In Phoenix

Maybe it’s Stockholm syndrome, filling Comerica Theatre Friday, July 26, and had the packed house moving the toes up 40 songs that have remained wavelengths within corporate hostage for nearly two decades.


Or maybe even the most experienced, Matchbox Twenty – dislike, avoid cynical radio ( confession: I ) have to admit that Matchbox Twenty just put on a damn good live show in Phoenix.

Singer Rob Thomas and crew made the value of those radio hits – happy two hours with a fresh house full of fans who sang along to every word material. Concerts are state co –

headlining the Goo Goo Dolls, for some reason the date of the joint tour of Phoenix (despite the signage in place that promoted both bands) skipped.

He Matchbox Twenty longer than usual to delve into his discography after a short opening set by singer-songwriter Kate Earl, and that seemed to satisfy the crowd well.

” We want to be the house band for good time , “ Thomas told the crowd , which seemed less like a rock star and more like I was running a therapy session Gen X group.

One benefit , however , of being one of the most well behaved , rock stars vanilla out of the alternative scene in the mid- 90s? His voice holds.

Thomas sounded great, launching the game with “Parade”, a highlight of 2012 album “North “then segueing into “Mad Season” success ” Bent “ .

He looked relaxed in jeans, a black shirt and denim overshirt unbuttoned , dancing like King Dork with his clumsy hands – palms and slaps turning – hip (to be fair , people are no better danced ) .

His performance was anything but relaxed, however. Passage between punches with abandon opened both in and outside food boundless enthusiasm of the crowd.

They sang along to everything – when Thomas came to the chorus of ” How far have we come ,” the first single from his 2007 retrospective collection ” Exile on Mainstream, ” well amplified voice of the singer was drowned by the sound of the audience .

If that song got fans excited, they almost went crazy when a screen of a digital countdown clock until 3 am appeared on the screens – precipitate, of course, the performance of “3 am , ” Thomas set point to sing, “I believe in this … God help me , Phoenix, I believe this . ”

Thomas believes that much and so enthusiastically on a sultry night in Phoenix Monsoon (the air conditioning, which did nothing) had to undergo two costume changes and their shirts drenched in sweat visibly. At one point, Thomas gathered a handful of his black shirt soaked, dripping sweat enough fat were visible in large video screens.

The effort was not lost on the crowd. Before Matchbox Twenty hit the stage, the seating arrangements at Comerica Theatre will carry ominous overtones.

The pit area , usually the bastion of the super fans eager to move their faces were as close to the action , carefully ordered in rows of folding chairs. It seemed a harbinger of a band and the fans past their prime.

It turns out that these chairs were totally unnecessary – Matchbox Twenty had the crowd on its feet all the time.

Set list:

1. “Parade”

Two. “Bent”

Three. “Disease”

April. “She’s so bad”

May. “How far we’ve come”

6. ” 3am”

7. ” Real World”

8. “Girl Like That”

9. “All I Need”

10. “If you are wrong”

11. “Our Song”

12. ” Overjoyed”

13. “All their reasons”

14. “Long Day”

15. ” I Will”

16. ” Shabby”

17. “Radio”

18. “So Sad So Lonely”

19. “English town”

20. “Bright Lights”


21. “No Change” (INXS cover)

22. “You’re so real”

23. “The Way”

24. “Back 2 Good”

25. “Push”