Last Friday I met up with Matthew Good while he was hard at work in the studio. He graciously took a few minutes to chat with me so that I could write an article about his upcoming release for my weekly E!Online spot. An extended version follows below…
Matthew Good’s Vancouver
“It’s a funny thing, I think you know, me and my best friend whose lived downtown for 20 plus years, we talk about it all the time,” noted Good when asked about the changing face of Vancouver. “I think you know, if we, in 1990 were sitting outside at Taf’s Cafe and would have said that you know in 18 years from now there would be a big screen television across the street at like a music mega-store we probably would have entered into a suicide pact.”
It’s been only a few months since he released Live from Massey Hall on iTunes but Canadian singer and songwriter Matthew Good is currently recording his next record which will be called, Vancouver.
With regards to the songs on Vancouver being about the city of Vancouver itself Good said, “Some of them are overtly about it, some of them moreso my reflections on it or more personal introspection — I’ve lived downtown for 18 years and I’ve watched the city change very dramatically in those 18 years. I would like to say it was for the better but it hasn’t been in my opinion. I think this town has lost a lot of soul — it’s lost a lot of its culture.”
Taking a very hands-on approach to his craft, Good is currently laying down all of the tracks required for Vancouver, while also producing the entire album.
“It’s a lot different than Hospital Music in which I had everything exactly the way I wanted it and it ended up translating exactly the same way onto the record. Whereas with this record I had everything I wanted and some of the ideas with regards to sounds are changing once I’m getting in here, which is something that I planned on doing.”
This will be Good’s fourth solo (studio) album. His most recent, Hospital Music, soared to #1 on Canadian charts in August of 2007 while also conquering the online realm, topping Amazon.ca, iTunes Canada, and the first single Born Losers was the #1 alternative song on iTunes USA.
Good spent the better part of 2006 through 2008 touring Canada and the United States, performing solo acoustic concerts as well a few legs with a full band. Having recently moved outside of Vancouver’s downtown core he is looking forward to his change of environment.
“I find that within the dichotomy of the city, especially within the downtown core and its neighbourhoods, there’s just not a lot of realism within the people – not as much as there used to be. I’m in no way trying to be disparaging about all Vancouverites, I’m just saying that in my experience I’ve noticed that, that it’s just changed a lot.”
He added, “Who knows how the economic downtown that I think personally will hit this city like a ton of bricks, because it’s been flying high for quite a while now – it’s going to be really interesting to see how that affects the attitude of people downtown and whether or not this kind of Playland or Fantasyland or new ‘West Hollywood attitude’ will survive it.
“I really just couldn’t live down here any more because I just felt hypocritical every time I left my house – I felt like I was part of the problem instead of part of the solution.”
Song titles were released late last year on Good’s website and with tracks like The Vancouver National Anthem and Empty’s Theme Park the title and theme will definitely flow throughout the entire release, expected this year.