Matt Good visits Kelowna – June 23, 2010

Matt Good

Matthew Good and his band graced Kelowna with his presence last Wednesday (June 23rd). He gave the sold out crowd at the Kelowna Community Theatre an amazing and memorable performance in classic Matt Good fashion.

Openers Elias (Vancouver, BC) wowed the crowd which is no surprise as they have been dubbed one of eight must-hear B.C. bands from Spin.com. Their alt/indie rock sound is comparable to bands like Muse and The Stills. If you want to catch them again they will be touring Canada this October with Pilot Speed.

(EDIT July 6th, 2010 @ 2:04pm: Elias’ tour with Pilot Speed was actually last fall, and while they would love to tour with them again, they have nothing scheduled thus far. Our apologizes to Elias for the mix up!)

Good opened with ‘The Boy Who Could Explode’ which I would like to say is one of my favorites but as his set went on I realized that all of his songs were favorites. Memorable moments include him forgetting the lyrics to one of his songs and having a fan come up onstage to jog his memory, Good’s recommendation of Los Angeles glam metal band Steel Panther (seriously, check them out), along with him playing a few old school classics like Apparitions.

There’s something about Matt Good that captivates a crowd. This was my first time seeing him live and I certainly don’t want it to be my last. If you’ve ever listened to him before then you know the caliber of his songwriting and I can easily say that it matches the caliber of his live performance. The first Matt Good song I ever heard was ‘Hello Time Bomb’ on Much Music’s ‘Big Shiny Tunes 4’ compilation. I was 10 at the time and I thought the song was so bad (lyrical pun intended) and raw so of course I was drawn to it. I picked up a copy of ‘Beautiful Midnight’ and have been hooked by his lyrical genius ever since.

No fan left unhappy, except for maybe the guy who demanded a refund after complaining about people standing in front of the stage blocking his view instead of remaining in their seats like good little robots – HELLO! It’s a rock show! I can’t wait to see what Matt Good has up his sleeve next and I bet you can’t either.

Photo credit: Corey from Union Events – he’s a great promoter, that’s why he’s not a photographer.


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