Sonic Records will be releasing the first four records of one of the most revered Canadian songwriters, Matt Mays’, discography on vinyl for the first time over the course of the month of June. Mays’ self-titled debut and eponymous Matt Mays & El Torpedo will hit stores on June 15th. The other two albums – the soundtrack for …When the Angels Make Contact and Terminal Romance – will be released on June 29th. The albums will be available via ADA or can be ordered from mattmays.com.
As Mays continues to tour in support of his most recent release, Once Upon A Hell of a Time…, more dates in the U.S. supporting The Gaslight Anthem have been added to his slate, including Chicago, Boston, and Philadelphia.
Once Upon A Hell Of A Time… straddles the melodramatic and the melancholy. It tells the story of a man in search of love, coping with loss and looking for something more. The record follows Matt’s JUNO Award-winning 2012 full-length, Coyote, and it’s making spans five years and a handful of locales – from the L.A. studio once owned by Elliott Smith to sessions at The Farm Studios in Vancouver and The Sonic Temple in Halifax to The Boiler Room in New York City and Breakglass Studios in Montreal. The bulk of the album was recorded with co-producer Loel Campbell (Wintersleep) during an intense two-month period in Montreal during the summer of 2016.
Matt Mays adds: “This is a snapshot of four or five years of my life that were pretty wild, and pretty lost, and pretty free – in certain ways – and I kind of felt like I was coming to the end of a bit of a chapter. It was a fucking wild ride of emotions and late nights and all the feels. Kind of the record I’ve always wanted to make.”
MATT MAYS TOUR DATES
6/22 – Oshawa, ON @ The Music Hall
6/23 – Peterborough, ON @ The Venue
6/24 – Ottawa, ON @ Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival
6/28 – Waterloo, ON @ Maxwell’s
6/29 – Owen Sound, ON @ Summertime Blues Music Festival
7/1 – Bala, ON @ The Kee to Bala
7/14 – Hinton, AB @ Wild Mountain Music Festival
7/27 – Belleville, ON @ Empire Square Live
8/9 – Toronto, ON @ Rebel (w/ The Gaslight Anthem)
8/10 – Toronto, ON @ Rebel (w/ The Gaslight Anthem)
8/11 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre (w/ The Gaslight Anthem)
8/13 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues (w/ The Gaslight Anthem)
8/15 – Philadelphia, PA @ Fillmore (w/ The Gaslight Anthem)
8/23 – Hubbards, NS @ Shore Club
8/24 – Hubbards, NS @ Shore Club
8/25 – Hubbards, NS @ Shore Club
8/26 – Truro, NS @ Rock The Hub
9/7 – Vancouver, BC @ SKOOKUM Festival
9/22 – St John’s, NL @ Iceberg Alley