Matchbox Twenty Returns With ‘Where the Light Goes’ Album


If asked by a Twitter follower matchbox twenty‘s upcoming album “Where Does the Light Go” The band’s co-founder, Paul Doucette, includes bonus tracks, “No. But it’s really a record bonus, so yeah 12.” Fans might have chuckled, but the multi-instrumentalist wasn’t kidding.In his mind, future recordings with the Grammy-nominated band weren’t in the cards.

“Before this record, I didn’t think we would ever make new music,” says Doucette. Variation before the album’s release on May 26. “I was upset and moved on. To peel [Thomas] He was doing his job and I didn’t want to wait any longer. Then I started film and television. [composing] – I started from the bottom, climbed up and liked it, so I did not want to give up on it.

“Your 20-year-old dreams don’t have to be 50-year-old dreams,” continues Doucette, composer of Apple TV’s “For All Mankind.” “We can always go out and play, but if we never record again, it’s okay,” I thought, she. We had a great run.’ I deleted us.

Add in Kyle Cook’s solo ventures and brief departure from the group, and Thomas’ hesitations about losing the autonomy of his solo career (he released “Chip Tooth Smile” in 2019, a Christmas album in 2021 and co-written songs with artists like Carlos Santana and Conrad Sewell) and the group could continue touring with hits like “Push”, “3AM” and “Long Day”.

But as the anthem album opening “Friends” states, “Life has a rhythm,” and Thomas (vocals), Cook (guitar, vocals, keyboards), Doucette (guitar, drums, keyboards, background vocals) and Brian “Pookie” For Yale (bass), this meant they would go back to the studio even if it took 11 years.

While initially planning a few new songs for the tour, a full album – their fifth full-length for Atlantic Records – naturally resulted in three delays, impatient fans and a pile of tracks.

“Eleven songs develop color and personality, like, ‘Hey, that’s who we are now’,” says Thomas. “Then we can build on that, because part of the journey is figuring out how our individual parts sound when they come back together, and do we still enjoy it? Luckily we made it.”

Somber pandemic themes emerged as a group. Slow Dreams Tour Starting on May 16th, they recorded their first new music since 2012’s “North”. Instead, the intended optimism and joy was exactly what Doucette felt as she performed the exuberant horned opening of the triumphant “Friends.”

When saying words like “all my friends are here” Impatient to perform live amid long-awaited reunions with fans and crew, Thomas initially turned down the challenging piece. But Doucette persevered defiantly.

“It was about the joy it gave me when I found that opening,” says Doucette, who produced the album with Cook and Gregg Wattenberg. “It made me very happy because it reminded me of T’Pau. I said ‘I can never give up on this song’ and continued.

The track, which included vocals from Doucette and Wattenberg’s children, was almost as tough as “One Hit Love,” which Doucette started and then dropped to the basket very hard. Thomas, Wattenberg, a choir, and a poignant arrangement of strings helped save the bustling slow tempo.

“It was like killing a dragon,” admits Doucette. “But the great thing about Greg Wattenberg is that even when Rob and I say, ‘We found it,’ he will push, push and keep pushing.”

It was Wattenberg who suggested that singer-songwriter Amanda Shire perform a duet with Thomas in the cheerful “No Other Love.” Meanwhile, Cook, who released only his “Wolves” essay in 2019, takes center stage in his soulful, self-penned “I Know Better.”

But hit tunes like “Don’t Get Me Wrong” and the title track that epitomize Matchbox Twenty’s DNA have been perfected after 30 years of music production. The rock-inspired “Where the Light Goes”, which sounds like something out of an 80’s movie, reflects the unwavering influence of the era on the band. The final touch of the feel-good piece, which is sure to lift concertgoers, was Doucette’s drumming.

“[Drummer] Gunnar [Olsen] He played exceptionally, but there was something that didn’t feel like Matchbox Twenty,” says Doucette. “It’s little things like where I set a trap for Rob’s voice, or the way Matchbox’s voice Kyle or Pookie plays.”

“If people imagined the next phase of Matchbox Twenty, they would have imagined that song too,” he adds. Thomas. “Paul needed to play drums to add the final ingredient.”

The core components of all four band members were key to the return of Matchbox Twenty. Still, just like Doucette, Cook once wrote more music productions with the band. The father of two had separated in 2016 due to a communication glitch.

Thomas considers the conflict “non-event” given that the band was not working together at the time and made changes in time for 2017’s “A Brief History of Everything” tour.

“It’s funny because you didn’t bring it up, I forgot,” adds Doucette. “We’ve all been through that period. [of doubts]. Kyle was perhaps more public and went even further with that.

“We joke about it,” Thomas says. “‘Man, we found out on Twitter!’ something like that.”

Matchbox ditched Cook’s musician partner and “new band member” Tina Dawn, who sang backups to songs, including the energetic single. Wild Dogs (Running in a Slow Dream) Featuring a music video directed by Jay Sprogell.

And as the quartet faces tense moments such as the band’s debut album meeting ending in a fight, they quickly move on.

“It doesn’t climb like it used to,” Thomas says. “There were definitely times when I was going to do something with Paul and Gregg, and Kyle’s initial reaction was not positive, but since we weren’t all fighting there, he’d live with it for two days, then call back, ‘I see where this goes now.’ Or I would say to Paul, ‘This is not a bridge,’ and days later I would say, ‘This is an excellent bridge. There’s something to be said about living with something to really see how you feel about it.

Adds Doucette: “There is eternal love between us and the only difficult moment is when we create. It’s tough with four people trying to do something, but it was less for this record, maybe because we did it piecemeal.”

Working virtually on songs before recording parties in New York helped harmonize individual commitments and passions that drew the musicians in different directions. Today, they acknowledge that their priorities are largely outside of Matchbox Twenty, and Doucette talks about how sending her child to college recently sharpened her focus.

“I realized how little of their lives were spent around Matchbox Twenty,” says Doucette. “It’s like ‘Here’s the most important thing – being a dad – and that’s how little Matchbox’ is. [has featured in that].’ Matchbox is not unimportant and I will stay with Matchbox until I die, but it gives me a better understanding of the situation.”

“In our twenties, it was like being in a military family for our families,” adds Thomas. “Everything was at the service of Matchbox Twenty. If we had to break up, we would never have questioned that. Years passed and we gave our all because it meant everything to us. As you get older you have other gardens to take care of and Matchbox Twenty is no longer the only thing that matters, so it’s easier to imagine quitting.”

“The thing about where we are now is that it makes us feel like we should be,” Thomas continues. “For a moment while I was making this recording, I said, ‘This is exactly the record I have to make, and these are the people I need to do it with.’ Not because we swore we’d keep the band together, but because our lives were naturally reunited and it felt like this is where we should be.”

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