‘DEAR TODAY’ by multi-talented Artist and Composer Matt Massey is the culmination of his years of talent and performance experience, enhanced by his desire to create a true audio experience for his fans.
The 10 track album will be released to the public on October 19th of this year, and it will be an explosive release that would be lessened in value if called simply a “Game Changer”, the raw power and energy of this offering is immeasurable, from opening track “Hide Away” to the final song “Now That”, every one a winning composition. This, all supported by the fact that he did everything on his own, every instrument, every vocal, this is a full “SOLO” and it underlines some aspects of the additional single release “BUILT”, a song that comes from a personal perspective. to quote a lyric “I’m Built with Broken Pieces, Just like Brand New”, a man accepting his past and present, creating a foundation for his future, but not trying to hide or discard the stings and arrows, but using his pain to make him only stronger, and invulnerable.
Now, maybe I am reading too much into it, but this could very well be an epic story of rebirth, some of each track reflect of surviving and making due with what remains, no moaning or complaining, just encouraging analogies and a few “Here, Hold my Beer” moments, and a few “Let me show you how it’s done”, a very impressive album forthcoming to the airwaves of the Indie Music Scene.
Matt Massey’s emergence as an indie rock powerhouse with his 2018 debut album Dear Today and a batch of follow-up singles, including the blistering new track “Built,” should inspire all musicians who long to break free from traditional band situations, and embrace and share their deeper artistry. “Built,” like all of his previously released material, features the multi-talented musician on vocals, guitar, bass and drums and was recorded and produced completely by Massey using a home Pro Tools rig.
“I get more of a sense of accomplishment knowing that every bit of this is me than any other project I have ever done in my career,” says the St. Louis born, Ft. Worth raised and based artist, who launched his first rock band playing original music at 16. After eight years leading that group, he joined another band for a while and then got on the treadmill of playing in cover bands, playing pop, blues, country, you name it. While gearing up to start performing his original material next year, he currently plays in a local ensemble featuring his dad on drums, playing everything from Nirvana and Seven Mary Three to Tom Petty and Collective Soul.
“After playing with other guys half my life, and understanding the ups and downs of band dynamics all too well, a lot of what went into my decision to go solo was a matter of simple convenience,” Massey says. “So I had the desire to keep creating new music, but not necessarily the time to get and keep a band together. It also presented a fun new challenge. I couldn’t just worry about the guitar part anymore. I had to work on every part and learn to be my own toughest critic so changes could be made when they really need to.”
“It’s exciting to create with other musicians and awesome when things come together. It’s a different feeling of accomplishment though when you make it happen solo. It’s a complete expression of yourself. So creating Dear Today, ‘Built’ and my other recent single ‘You Won’t Find Me’ was very liberating for me. When I start to play these songs live next year, I’ll have to hire a backing band which will be different for me too.”
For his solo material, Massey embraced his rock roots because, he laughs “it keeps my brain entertained.” The songs he writes now are the culmination of everything he has always wanted to do. On his current batch of songs, he is drawing from all aspects of his life. When it came to writing and recording “Built,” he was very meticulous, taking a couple of months to get it right. The hard-edged, intensely percussive song is about how our different experiences bring us to who we are and that’s an okay thing – and even a point of connection -when we meet other people we want to be friends or develop a relationship with.
“We all have endured some sort of struggle,” Massey says. “It’s about saying, ‘Hey, we’ve been through some s***, but that’s okay, we’re awesome anyway. Struggles are part of what makes us who we are and everyone has them. As I say in the song, we all have matching scars. I wanted the song to be driving but also have a groove and some cool changes. It only has one verse, but two extended electric guitar solos. So I had to work to vary the solos and make changes during the choruses – all different from what I had done previously.”
You can hear Matt Massey’s music at his Soundcloud – https://soundcloud.com/matt-massey-336375448
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