Matt Mays,
The TVD First Date

“I did all of my records with A and B sides in mind. Even though they were going to compact disc or digital at the time of release, I always followed the vinyl template to ensure maximum Musical adventure. After a long, strange, and cold digital journey, I feel like these albums have finally made their way back home to where they belong: on warm vinyl.”

“My first album I started in my parents’ basement and finished at the legendary Charles Austin’s studio, called Ultramagnetic, in Halifax. It was where my heroes Buck 65 and Joel Plaskett did albums. It was on the very teeny top floor of the Khyber building art space that just recently was spared from wreckage. We included my original version of “City of Lakes” as a bonus track, which I believe was held back due to my very questionable drumming.

El Torpedo and myself recorded the second record pretty much live off the floor in Halifax with Don Smith, a producer who worked on some of the great early Tragically Hip albums. Don also engineered a few Tom Petty albums and also The Traveling Wilburys albums. You could say we were pretty excited to get started on that one…

Angels Make Contact was a weird soundtrack to an even weirder movie that was filmed but never finished. Some people don’t believe that the movie exists. It actually doesn’t, but only because we decided not to finish it! The soundtrack that Tim Jim Baker and I did for the movie sums it all up I think…

For Terminal Romance, El Torpedo and myself flew over to the white cliffs of Dover and lived in an old abandoned scout camp for months in complete isolation. That’s why there are a lot of songs about isolation, trees, and werewolves. My favourite part of this record is that we did it live off the floor with the late Jay Smith on guitar.

Chris Tsangarides co-produced it, and he had worked closely with Thin Lizzy, Judas Priest, and also the Tragically Hip! Check out Jay’s wild guitar solo on the never before released outtake of “Get Lucky” on the bonus 7”.”
Matt Mays

Sonic Records has pressed Matt Mays’ first four albums on vinyl—order and pre-order them right here. (All four albums have a little something extra!)

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