Ok, let’s take a break from heavy tunes. If you’re into alternative rock like STEREOPHONICS, please check out this great rock musician out of Calgary, AB. His name is MATT BLAIS and he has made quite a name for himself in West coast Canada. He’s currently gearing up for his next release ‘The Heartbeat’ on February 26th to follow up his 2010 debut full length ‘Let It Out’ and his 2008 EP ‘The Matt Blais Connection’. He has already released his first single to Canadian Radio ‘Running’ which can be heard below:
2013 – The Heartbeat
2010 – Let It Out – http://soundcloud.com/mattblaismusic/sets/matt-blais
2008 – EP – The Matt Blais Connection
Past Festival & Tours
2010 – “Blow a Tire” Western Canadian Tour
2010 – “Blow a Hose Western Canadian Tour
2009 – Big Valley Jamboree w/ Troy Kokol, Myrol, The Wheatpool
2008 – Monster Truck Rally @ Stampede Grandstand
2008 – Juno Fest
2006 – Australian Tour (no name)
Shared the stage with:
• Charlie Winston
• The Great Bloomers
• The Dudes
• Michael Bernard Fitzgerald
• Lindsay Ell
2008 – Big Rock Star Talent Competition Winner
2008 – Juno Fest Performer
2009 – Big Rock UNTAPPED Artist
#5 on Top 50 – CJSW 90.9FM (Calgary, AB) – May 11, 2010
#1 on Folk Chart – CJSW 90.9FM (Calgary, AB) – May 11, 2010
About Matt Blais & the album:
Matt Blais isn’t trying to reinvent the wheel; he is just finding a new way to roll it. Today, emotional music seems to be an art form that has gone the way of an ancient cave drawing, it still exists, but you have to know where to look.
A cutting edge artist, Matt Blais combines elements of fiery rock and roll with smooth vintage soul to form a sound so uniquely his own that one can’t help but become emotionally charged. The combination of a high energy live show and a passion for song writing is Blais’ formula for success, which thus far has been very well received by critics and the audiences that continue to grow in number.
His debut record, “Let It Out” is produced by Juno nominated all-star Canadian producer Mark Howard whose discography reads like a veritable who’s who of Canada’s finest musical talents. This includes artists such as The Tragically Hip, Sam Roberts, Avril Lavigne, The Wailin’ Jennys and Daniel Lanois, to name a few.
“Each footstep brings me closer to you” rasps Blais in his new single currently being played across Canada “(Oh!) What Can I Do?”. . . and only time will tell where his steps will take lead. With a recipe like this however, you can be sure they’re heading in the right direction.
What the press is saying:
Blankfest Calgary CBC Interview – http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/story/2012/11/04/calgary-blankfest-blanket-mustard-seed.html
“Matt’s voice is entirely unique, and really fits into his old-style rock and roll music edge. If you are into classic rock, or just like a unique voice and refreshing style, his music is for you!” – Calgary Music Blog – CMB: The Calgary Music Scene
“And, Matt Blais…great voice and the band is very tight. What’s not to love?” – The Big Rock Blog – Tapped In
“Firmly rooted in many of the genres that Matt Blais incorporates into his music, his raspy yet refined vocals point each song in the direction it was originally intended.” – Phylicia Tran – Spun – The Gauntlet