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Matthew J - 2001 Pop Culture Kills



ARTIST: Matthew J
ALBUM: Pop Culture Kills
LABEL: Indie
SERIAL: -
YEAR: 2001

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Matthew J Casella - plays just about everything!

TRACK LISTING: 01 Say What You Will * 02 Pop Culture Kills * 03 Now I Know * 04 Sweet Destiny * 05 Only God Knows Why


Background
Here's a talented and diverse musician from New Jersey. Well thats where he is at the moment, but Matthew's been all over the show in the last few years, from Tampa, Portland, and even Minneapolis! Well travelled indeed. So what has been learned over that time and distance? Well, a move away from thrash metal for starters. Previously with the metal band Krusifire, Matthew cut his teeth with these guys before diversifying into accoustic pop/rock. However with this new five track effort 'Pop Culture Kills', he turns on the amps again, but does not resort to antics of old. Perhaps a meeting of the minds, where his heavier tendencies intermingle with his pop approach for a unique blend of rock.


The Songs
Though there are five tracks on offer, its the varying degrees of contrast which gather your attention. You could not accuse Matthew of sucking up to any particular style, he plays them all, with varying degrees of success however. Opener 'Say What You Will' has time changes galore in between the sonic guitar runs. Second track up 'Pop Culture Kills' is killer. The guitar riffing is really happening here with some cool solos topping it off. The ballad 'Now I Know' is very melancholy, and musically similar to Alfie Zappacosta/Surrender's 'Nicole'. The solo is very OTT. 'Sweet Destiny' is a straight ahead rocker while 'Only God Knows Why' moves at a slower pace, and very nearly makes me drift off to sleep, but we can only thank God that he does indeed know why because the guitar is just heavy enough to keep me awake on this one.


In Summary
It's modern, it's interesting, and there's appeal for all sorts of different audiences. It's not exactly nu-breed nor alternative, probably too guitar oriented me thinks. Plus there's some nifty production going down, and these tracks are now being heard on Spinner, Hard Radio and KNAC, so Matthew is obviously doing something right. Give the disc a whirl, and for those US College radio stations out there, jump onboard and start playing this thing, especially that title track.. You'll be pleasantly surprised.


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