MATT HIRES RETURNS WITH “THE EP”

MATT HIRES RETURNS WITH “THE EP”;
FOUR-SONG COLLECTION INCLUDES BRAND NEW TRACKS,
PLUS NEW RENDITION OF “HONEY, LET ME SING YOU A SONG”
STATE LINES TOUR – PART 2” WITH FULL BAND
SET TO KICK OFF SEPTEMBER 3RD IN ORLANDO;
PRE-SALE TICKETS AVAILABLE JULY 14TH AT THE NEWLY LAUNCHED MATTHIRESMUSIC.COM

F-Stop Music/Atlantic recording artist Matt Hires has announced details of his upcoming new EP, entitled simply, “THE EP.”  The four-track collection will go on sale at all digital retailers on August 17th.

Produced by Eric Rosse (Tori Amos, Sara Bareilles), “THE EP” is highlighted by a newly recorded version of “Honey, Let Me Sing You A Song.”  In addition, the EP includes the song’s original album version – first found on the Tampa-based tunesmith’s acclaimed 2009 debut, “TAKE US TO THE START” – as well as two brand new tracks.  “Honey, Let Me Sing You A Song” will hit Hot AC radio outlets nationwide later this year. [Read more...]

Matt Hires Records Upcoming Album Live at Schubas

Matt Hires
Schuba’s Tavern – Chicago, IL
02/04/2010

Matt Hires Schuba's Tavern

Generation iPod, take notes! There is something to be said about live performances. Losing your hearing for a night, worming your way towards the front of the stage, and leaving fully drenched in sweat and a Bud Light the girl dancing next to you snuck in. I mean, you can listen to John Mayer or Kings of Leon on your new iPhone all day, but nothing will compare to being there, being crushed by the growing mob of fans, being right in front of a talented group of folks who want nothing more than to be playing in front of you.

Read the rest and see photos from the concert after the jump…

The band played a long set with plenty of guitar solos and whistling in between. He played through most of his recently released album, Take Us To the Start. After revealing the night’s performances would be recorded for a future album, Matt Hires opened with the ever-poignant “State Lines”. He did not disappoint in the surprises promised for his Chicago fans. After playing through a few songs, he encouraged the jam-packed Schubas venue to whistle along with his cover of “Kids” by MGMT. In retrospect Matt Hires is a pretty damn good whistler.

In fact, Matt Hires is a pretty damn good musician. While most of his songs can fall into the rock or singer/songwriter categories, he debuted a new song called “A to B” which was very much a form of a Midwestern-slash-Americana style of sound. The crowd loved it while the energy soared well into the late night. Matt finally topped off his album with a loud and thunderous finale closing off what I hope is a phenomenal live album.

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Photos by: Katie Williams

Written by: Blake Russell

In the Green Room with Matt Hires

Matt Hires’ Take Us To The Start is available now!

Matt HiresAs I arrived at the Schubas Tavern on a particularly mild February day, I immediately noticed how busy the the West Lakeview venue was. Young and old crowded the Harmony Grill in anticipation for a singer/songwriter who’s been making waves from his sunny Florida hometown. Enter Matt Hires. The 22-year old singer met up with us in between sound checks and some live recordings. Disappearing behind the bar front, Matt took us down to the Tavern’s make-shift green room for a pre-show interview. The walls are littered with colorful vintage posters from many previous Scubas events. This room has seen Kings of Leon, Andrew Bird and Sufjan Stevens before Matt Hires first show at Schubas Tavern. However, this twentysomething is no stranger to the Midwest. He even has a few surprises in store for his fans…

The interview with Matt Hires after the jump… [Read more...]

Chicago Welcomes Newcomer Matt Hires

Matt Hires
The Vic Theatre
Chicago, IL
August 2, 2009

 

Matt Hires The Vic Theatre

Having never before heard the songs of Matt Hires, I showed up at his show last night in Chicago with an open mind and ready for anything. I honestly had not heard of Matt Hires before discovering he was the opening act for Paolo Nutini (along with Erin McCarley). Let me tell you though, I liked what I heard. I mean, I REALLY liked what I heard. Not only did this 22-year-old from Tampa, Florida win me over with his music, but he also appears to be a truly humble and genuinely good person. He plays barefoot for crying out loud! How laid back is that? The only other artist I have ever seen perform shoeless on stage in front of thousands of people is Kelly Clarkson. I found myself comparing Matt Hires to lead singer Michael Stipe from R.E.M. throughout the evening, which I believe to be a good thing. I like Michael Stipe and think his voice stands out from the hundreds of other male singers out there. The fact that Hires has a voice so unique that it reminds me of an amazing artist like Stipe only makes me more of a fan for life.

Of course, what makes an artist truly succeed or not in the music business is their talent and songs. However, having a voice that doesn’t sound like any of the other millions of singer/songwriters in the world definitely helps. In my opinion, Matt Hires has what it takes to make it: talent, good songs, and a distinct voice. If you want to decide for yourself, check out Matt Hires when he plays a city near you. Or you can pick up his debut album Take Us To The Start, available now! No matter what, at least take a few minutes to listen to my personal favorite Matt Hires song, “Honey, Let Me Sing You A Song.”

Set List / Chicago

You Are My Sunshine / I Walk The Line (Johnny Cash cover/medley)

Honey, Let Me Sing You A Song

Pick Me Up

You In The End

A Perfect Day

You Are The One

Maggie’s Farm (Bob Dylan cover)

Listen To Me Now

Turn The Page

State Lines

More photos of singer/songwriter Matt Hires after the jump…

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