I am really late to the party on this one. Really, really, really late. I mean, we’re talking, the album came out in 2009 late. Funny thing is, I think I listened to it back then and didn’t like it, but now, a couple of years later, it seems I have grown into it. I may not have written about it at all had it not been for the fact that I am going through some serious blogger writer’s block and this album has been nagging me to write about it for six months now. That and the fact that I saw that Matt is about to release a new album (Ghostwriting), so I thought an intro prior to that would be a good thing.
Matt was born the son of christian missionaries and lived the nomadic life that comes with that lifestyle, somehow landing in Orlando, Florida. The fact that he lives so close and I’ve never written about or managed to catch him live is even more embarrassing. Anyhow, Me and My Friends was largely written in Matt’s early twenties when he, as kids in their early twenties are prone to do, was drinking more than he should and, as Floridians are prone to do, abusing prescription pills. Growing up is a dark and desolate time and the songs on Me and My Friends show that, but from a more mature point of view. Musically the album has an indie rock facade but the mortar and rebar is all folk and country. And, while the songs always hit lyrically, the musical mix does occasionally miss but not nearly enough to get me to stop listening to the cd.
RIYL: Joe Pug