Album review: We Swore We’d See The Sunrise

Jess Buick, Contributor Ω

CDE435_trayLast week marked the release of The Matinee’s third full-length album, We Swore We’d See The Sunrise. The name of the album comes from a line on the second track from the album, “L’Absinthe.”

This is the band’s first full album after a third-place finish at the 2011 Peak Performance Project, a B.C. recording artist competition. After listening to We Swore We’d See The Sunrise front to back, the first word that comes to mind to describe it is “solid.”

The five-piece band from Vancouver has a drive and intense passion for music and a unique alt-country rock twang; they’ve come along ways since humble beginnings in 2007. Steve Berlin, who has worked with greats such as R.E.M. and The Tragically Hip, produced this album.

The Matinee kicks the album off with the first single, “Young & Lazy,” which produces smiles and good vibes from the very beginning. Right away the listener is longing for summer sunshine and road trips. The following four tracks are just as fun, with attention to the well thought out lyrics.

“Who Stoned The Roses,” “The Sinking Of Greenhill Park” and “December Slumber” then slow things down. The harmonies on these tracks are incredible and one can picture hearing them in a sold out arena, holding up a lighter and swaying to the increasing intensity of the power ballads. The haunting sound of Matt Rose’s slide guitar shows off the band’s particular attention to detail in the music and its ability to draw certain feelings from their audience.

At the same time, “Gasoline” returns to a more rock sound – with elements of grunge – sounding grimy and sweaty.  The album comes to a close with the fabulously written “On Our Own” building up to an epic conclusion. “Are you willing to let go?” is repeated and “on our own” is the last lyric, making an appropriate final statement.

With captivating lyrics about love, youth and struggle We Swore We’d See The Sunrise gives one a sense of belonging, a sense of attachment. It’s clear that this band has worked hard and put its best state of mind in all aspects of this album. It’s safe to say that with this fantastic, heartfelt album The Matinee will be climbing to the top of the Canadian indie charts and with any luck maybe some Juno nominations in 2014.