The Matters – The Matters

The Matters - The Matters

8/10

The Matters are a classic rock band coming from the city of Austin, Texas. They are coming out with their self-titled five-song EP, The Matters. The band’s style is that of Led Zeppelin and The Red Hot Chili Peppers mixed with The White Stripes.

The EP starts with “Survive,” complete with an awesome guitar hook and I’m guessing they’re automated drums because there is no mention of a drummer. Automated or not, there are cowbell hits happen within the first ten seconds, and I love it. The overall feeling of this opening is that the band is saying they have classic rock knowledge, and they do.

There’s definitely a feeling of psychedelia throughout the EP. Songs like “In Touch” have varied textured sections with a harmonica and atmospheric background for example, while the main guitarist (Alejandro “Bob” Rios) does an awesome lick/solo that fits perfectly in RHCP territory.

Their ode to them doesn’t stop there though, they continue the psychedelic experience with a funk-infused vibe in “Patience.” This song is guitar focused , using various effects, including the bassist (Chase Morgan) getting the spotlight more with a bass solo/lick section.

“Foolish Man” is a ballad. It honestly showcases lead vocalist, Garrett Brown’s talent to show that not only is his voice rock-fitting, but the emotions can also burst out in the timbre of his voice. You can feel the genuine emotion of his voice as the guitars strum on dreamy chords while occasionally roller coaster-ing in more intense emotional territory (in other words the classic buildup/crescendo, followed by an emotional guitar solo a la Queen.) This song follows a pure formula, but it’s enjoyable.

We end with “Peasants,” which starts with a heavy bassline and psychedelic guitars, then we are hit with a hard rock Zeppelin influence sound that would make a crowd jump. The singer even does a raw scream. The solos kick in and we are hit with a perfect closer, a guitar duel that’s both emotional and fun.

The Matters is a very enjoyable EP that sounds like a real ode to classic rock with modern sounding instruments. At times they reminded me of a happier version of Black Sabbath. I can see them getting better and bigger if they add more of their own influences .

Written by Peter Lountzis
*edited by Mike Milito

About Peter Lountzis 6 Articles
Montreal-born Peter Lountzis often gets told that he looks like people ranging from Frank Zappa to Vlad the Impaler. His taste in music and film are an eclectic reflection of that. He likes anything from smooth jazz to technical brutal death metal. When he’s not watching every film under the sun or trying to find new ways to support the underground music scene, people can find him playing guitar in Montreal based death metal projects or playing survival horror video games. Albeit having a passion for the darker side of art, he works in healthcare and graduated as a licensed practical nurse because he loves helping people. His biggest passion in life is listening to music, which is why he looks so forward to reviewing for Bucketlist Music Reviews!

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