Springsteen have had on him. In the past, Matt might have even leaned into those
influences a bit much in a musical sense. But not this time. Those influences still find their
way through, but more in the wordplay, layered imagery, and outspokenness that is
happening all over The Mourner’s Manual.
“Fearlessness” is the best way I can describe the theme of this record, as it truly is an album
about pushing beyond the, often-paralyzing, power that fear has over a person. And Matt
really does push beyond fear, whether it’s in relation to the sometimes divisive, but
necessary subject matter on the album, or the way that Matt decided to go all-in on a
musically ambitious and, at times, controversially diverse set of songs.
Matt’s lyricism shines like never before, as does his unique ear for melody and desire to
push musical boundaries. He is an artist who is following in the tradition of his heroes, while
also forging his own path.
While some may be afraid to take artistic leaps and liberties, not Matt Megrue.
He doesn’t yield to fear.
-Sean Kelly (Producer, Bassist)