I believe that by the time I had heard of Matthew Good Band, they had already dissolved and the lead singer/songwriter, Matthew Good, had moved on to a solo career. I don't remember where exactly I was exposed to the Canadian Alternative Rock band. Maybe it was while enjoying some other performers from that region and Matthew Good Band was recommended. Or potentially just buying a random CD from the local electronic store (I used to do that often).
Either way, I'm guessing that Beautiful Midnight, their second to last release (1999), was the album that originally hooked me, so I'll start there:
Absolutely love that song! In all honesty, I like almost every song of every CD the band has put out, but like I said, Beautiful Midnight was what I came across first and remains the one I am most passionate about. One of those band members almost looks like Ted Mosby from How I Met Your Mother! Maybe it's just me...
Just for old-times sake, I'll share one more song from the same album:
Apparently Matthew Good Band really churned out the records. They have a release almost every year starting in 1995 and ending in 2001, with 2000 being the only year absent. I wasn't aware of this before looking into the band, but this was the timeframe that Matthew Good became ill.
Throughout that entire process, though, he continued to write songs and eventually the band released its final studio album, The Audio of Being. Let's get the party started with a traveling yard gnome in "Anti-Pop":
Unfortuantely, soon after this album, Matthew Good Band dissolved. I lament over what beautiful songs could have come had they remained together, but as mentioned, Matthew Good ventured out on his own and being he was the primary song writer/singer of Matthew Good Band, I love the music he's produced during his solo career just as much! Sometimes more.
We will end this segment with a song from their beginning.Off their debut album, Last of the Ghetto Astronauts, "Alabama Motel Room":
If you found that you enjoy any of these songs, I would highly, highly, recommend checking out Matthew Good's solo work. You won't regret it! Also, he surprisingly keeps up the same crazy pace when it comes to releasing material. I have some catching up to do!
Did you enjoy the songs/videos? Are you familiar with Matthew Good Band? Do you have a favorite song and/or album? Have you ever seen them live? If so, how was the performance? Have you followed the careers of certain musicians after their band breaks up? Who is a musician you've enjoyed their solo career just as much as their work while in a band?