Underdogs

Performers Matthew Good Band

Polygram | June 24, 2003 | Compact Disc

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He's got a tendency for meditations on dark subjects, but Matthew Good always punches holes of light into these thoughts. This is most apparent on "Look Happy, It's the End of the World," as some bent humour keeps the song from sinking too deep. The Matthew Good Band's 1997 album Underdogs broke this band open, unleashing its voluminous sound across the country. "Everything is Automatic" places the band in close proximity to fellow Vancouver players 54.40 in terms of their sound: indeed the song opens much like 54.40's "One Day in Your Life" and shares a lyrical concern about the everyday drudgery of life. As 54.40 experiments a little more with its sound, as veterans may do, MGB is like a youthful, somewhat hyperactive little brother.

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: June 24, 2003

Genre: General

Style: Pop/Rock

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Label Name: Polygram

UPC: 628099400121

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Underdogs

Performers Matthew Good Band
Producer Warne Livesey

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: June 24, 2003

Genre: General

Style: Pop/Rock

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Label Name: Polygram

UPC: 628099400121


Title Track Time
1.Deep Six --
2.Everything is Automatic --
3.Apparitions --
4.My Out of Style is Coming Back --
5.Strangest One of All --
6.Middle Class Gangsters --
7.Rico --
8.Prime Time Deliverance --
9.The Inescapable Us --
10.Indestructible --
11.Invasion 1 --
12.Look Happy, its the End of the World --
13.Change of Season --

Editorial Notes

Matthew Good Band includes: Matthew Good (vocals, guitar).
Contains 13 tracks.
Underdogs didn't gain the success of 1999's Beautiful Midnight album for Canada's Matthew Good Band, but it did meet it's intentions. Underdog's proved that the band was one to be reckoned with, adding grinding, staticky guitar riffs to rutted vocals on the rockier pieces and fluent but perceptive lyrics to the ballads. Good struts his song writing prowess on the haunting "Apparitions" and on the appealingly cryptic "Indestructible," which both received ample airplay upon the album's release. On both of these tracks, the band can be heard coming together under the guidance of Matt Good's lyrics-come-first rule of rock music, which in turn elevates the songs above the average radio norm. Astute and penetratingly subtle, the Matthew Good Band have easily improved since The Last of the Ghetto Astronauts album with one of Underdogs' most socially critical tracks entitled "Everything Is Automatic," which stands out amongst the rest of the album, highlighted by the alternative tenaciousness in it's pace and a mature outlet for Good's cynicism in it's lyrics. Best of all, this album carries a wonderful unprocessed, underdeveloped feel throughout its songs despite its minor prominence and achievements of casting some light on the band. It's relevance is doubly-faceted as an entertaining listen as well as the all-important stepping stone which led to the highly accomplished Beautiful Midnight album. ~ Mike DeGagne
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