Thursday, September 28, 2017
Your Pop Gem Of The Week: Jeff Matthews
I believe it was my old pal and Burning Wood colleague who recently said, "Supergroups don't always make super music." While that may be true---see Asia, circa 1982---the new E.P. from Jeff Matthews, "Loyal Opposition," says otherwise.
Maybe "supergroup" is a bit much, but with a genuine guitar hero named Earl Slick offering up some of his tastiest licks, and madman pop genius Mark Hudson on keys, backing vocals and production duties, super isn't that far of a stretch. Rounding things out is the powerhouse rhythm section of Joan Matthews on bass, mother of drummer David Matthews, whose band Lovejoy is currently on tour behind their new release, and Jon Weiswasser, selling out houses across the world as the drummer of Eaglemania. Jeff Matthews, guitar and lead vocals, is surrounded by the "toppermost of the poppermost." Oh! Grammy award winning producer Mario J. McNulty, who has worked with David Bowie and Prince and countless others, is behind the boards. So, yeah. I am okay with "supergroup." It helps that I love these tunes.
I live for songs like "Unintended Consequences." There is no need to "play it a few more times," or "be in the right head." This one has enough hooks snag a pike. I tried, but I cannot get it out of my brain. The title track is another winner, with Earl Slick ripping through another classic solo on a song that would not be out of place on an 80's Kinks record.
The E.P. drops tomorrow in all your favorite places. A nice way to rock into the weekend.
Posted by Sal Nunziato at 5:22 AM