The Matinee is a six-piece roots rock band formed in Vancouver, Canada in 2007. The band was formed by longtime friends Matt Layzell on lead vocals, guitarist and pedal steel player Matt Rose, bassist/banjo player Mike Young, his brother Dave Young on keyboards and mandolin, drummer Pete Lemmon, and guitarist/vocalist Geoff Petrie.
The group quickly began their career with a heavy focus on touring, playing grueling shows early on with very little support or exposure. They self-released a very low-key, full-length album on their own Blue Collar Records
imprint in 2007, followed by a self-titled EP two years later. In 2011, the group placed third in the Peak Performance Project, a contest held by Vancouver radio station 100.5 The Peak, earning a considerable amount of money to put toward the recording of their first proper debut album. The band worked at a casual pace on the album with producers Steve Berlin (a member of Los Lobos
whose production credits included R.E.M
. and the Tragically Hip
), as well as Steve Bays, frontman for indie outfit Hot Hot Heat
. The resultant full-length, We Swore We’d See the Sunrise, was released on Light Organ Records
in early 2013 and the band toured in its support. ~ Fred Thomas, Rovi