Main Stage, 8:40-9:40 p.m.
He’s almost as well known for his outspoken geopolitical views and his curmudgeonly tendencies as he is for his music, but this only serves to endear him to his vast army of fans. Twenty years and eleven albums into his musical career, Matthew Good remains a brusquely forthright social critic and one of Canada’s most prolific musicians.
Good began his musical career as a folk singer, when his band the Rodchester Kings was discovered at an open-mic night at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. After winning recording time in a band competition held by a Vancouver radio station, Good and what was the first incarnation of an ever-evolving Matthew Good Band recorded a demo tape that caught the ear of EMI, with whom they signed. After a cross-country tour in early 1995, the band split up.
The Matthew Good Band was rapidly reformed with new members, who quickly began recording material that Good had written over the years. Led by Matthew Good’s reputation for subversive lyrics and the band’s driving rock sound, the Matthew Good Band became one of Canada’s most successful alt rock groups of the 1990’s. Their debut album, Last of the Ghetto Astronauts, was released in 1995 and created a groundswell of popularity for the band, initially in the Vancouver area, but spreading nationally with heavy play on both radio and MuchMusic. Financially it became the highest selling independent label release by a Canadian artist, and culturally it contained in the lyrics to the bonus track “Omissions of the Omen” what is believed to be the earliest known reference to the term “first world problems.” It was an early indication of the biting social commentary that was to become Matthew Good’s signature. -NMC