Matt North (from the album Bullies in the Backyard as a self-release) (by Bryant Liggett)
The pandemic was tough for everyone. But it also produced a lot of killer music. While session player and jack of all trades musician Matt North was making ends meet during quarantine working retail hardware, he was also banging out the wonderful Bullies In The Backyard, his second solo record that’s a solid collection of Indie Roots Rock, melodic as his band kicks ass, and slaying lyrically as the dude has a way with words that will make you both nod and smile, then laugh out loud the second, third and fourth time around.
The opener sounds like the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion unplugged, a solid drumbeat lifting up keys, slide guitar and punch horns as North sings about “The Last Angry Man”.
Those funny lyrics are ever present in “Hollywood Forever” as North sings about mayonnaise sandwiches and name drops a chair-throwing train wreck of a dude working as a basketball coach.
He dips into groove in “Firing Squad,” a self-questioning cut where Matt North ponders what he should write about, “Stay on The Outside” has a lounge vibe, and “Top of The Fridge” is a fun invite for a singalong.
Matt North is both funny and clever while his band is aggressive and punchy; horn blasts are dropped in perfect places; the guitar work keeps every song moving and in control. Humor does belong in music, but it does not always have to be super silly and animated; Bullies in the Backyard scores with a balance that will keep your head nodding while you crack a sly smile.
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