HOWL AT THE NIGHT TOUR
PLUS SKYE WALLACE
A year after the release of Once Upon a Hell of a Time…, Matt Mays returns with that record’s companion: Twice Upon a Hell of a Time…. An acoustic re-imagining of the songs from the rock record, the tracks are presented in stark, stripped-down contrast to its predecessors.
Matt teamed up with co-producer Eric Ratz to record at studios around Toronto between touring commitments. Twice Upon a Hell of a Time… was originally conceived as a straight-up solo interpretation, but as the songs took shape, Matt decided to incorporate extra vocals and instrumentation. Tapping musicians Aaron Goldstein (Daniel Romano, Lee Harvey Osmond) on pedal steel, Anthony Carone (Arkells) on piano, and guest singers Andrew Rodriguez, Kate Dyke, and Melissa Payne, the album’s arrangements are lush and large without straying from the ‘unplugged’ vibe he sought from the outset.
After departing seminal alt-country collective The Guthries back in 2002, Matt alternated between solo projects (his self-titled debut, the unfinished film soundtrack ...When the Angels Make Contact) and band projects (the eponymous Matt Mays & El Torpedo record and 2008’s Terminal Romance). Following the dissolution of Matt Mays & El Torpedo in 2009, Matt released Coyote in 2012 to much acclaim, including a JUNO Award win for Rock Album of the Year.