We see Matt Good when he tours. Period - no questions asked. (When God comes to town...you go!). This show offered a sweet deal of a VIP package...where we were guaranteed tickets in the first 5 rows of the assigned seating venue, t-shirt, signed lithograph, and the icing on the already deliciously sweet packaged cakey goodness... wristbands for a meet and greet with Matt post show. We waited weeks to receive our tickets not knowing where our seats were, so you can imagine my delight (subdued word for freaking ecstasy), when the package came and we had scored front row center seats.
When we took said primo seats, we couldn't believe how close to the stage we were - we were going to be able to experience some serious extreme close-up action. As per usual, we had a jerky couple behind us who talked through the entire opening band (Daniel Wesley, a band from Vancouver, who were really quite good!) We were somewhat concerned, but it ended up being all good - he was a Matt Good disciple, so his outbursts were strictly worshipful. There was one instance however, that the guy cracked me up completely... kept hollering out "Play 'Aspirations'", and when the band launched into "Apparitions", the guy was bellowing out his bastardization of the title at full tilt. I know you shouldn't giggle in church, but once something tickles you, you really can't help it!
Some shows are about the entertainment...the sets, the costumes, the performances, the dancers, the light show, etc. A Matthew Good show is strictly about the music. (not that his "taken over by the music coursing through him" movements are not entertaining, mind you). The show opened with "While We Were Hunting Rabbits" and was a slow, smooth and soul caressing introduction that steadily built. The set list was constructed much like a Matt Good song.... slow and deliberate at first, but with a steady escalation in intensity to heart pounding sweaty breathless climax. "Rabbits" was a treat for MG fans. It's not a song that is frequently played live (due to length and complexity of vocals), but it was a thing of reserved beauty with Matt at the mic accompanied only by the piano, with the added ambiance of almost total darkness. Hauntingly pretty. And the audience was hushed and drinking it in.
|Anthony on Keys|
|Jimmy on Guitar|
I love Matthew Good. This is obviously no secret. And I'm a loyal disciple... I've had very lengthy discussions with people about MG's music and will champion it to the death... in fits of frustration at people who don't "get it", I've been known to tell them to go back and listen again.... That clearly they are just not listening to it "right". And In keeping with the whole church/religion analogy, my faith in him is limitless and trusting. There are times when he releases new material, where I listen, and I like it, but am not sure I completely get it...then I hear it performed live and it's like "ah yes! Of course! Brilliant!" The Matthew Good live experience is always a religious one, and last night this held true. I can only suggest that if you don't understand Matthew Good, that you attend and see for yourself. I have every faith that there is no way you won't be inspired and converted by the experience.
Oh, and the meet and greet? For those of you who were wondering? God is a sweet and friendly guy. And he called me dear (Squee!). And he smiled and told me to have a good night. (Can almost hear him saying "Go in peace!").
Awesome, awesome night.