Matt Good With The Gentlemen Husbands

On Thursday
night the Kingston Grand Theatre hosted a Live Nation presentation of Matt Good
along with The Gentlemen Husbands.

Swiftly and
quietly the Gentlemen Husbands snuck out onto the stage plugged in their
instruments and started playing. Their set time was unfortunately their set was
rather short only playing about half an hour. Their set was a good setup for
Matt Good, their Folk, Rock, Pop sound really set the crowd up for the rest of
the night. The Gentlemen Husbands are out in support of their new album “House
Of Cards” Ep. The album was split up throughout their short set but we did one
heck of a live listen to the album. They had a bit of a challenge with the
audience as people were still making their way down to their seats and getting
up and going to grab another beer. Once they hit their fourth song they seem to
have a lock down on the audience and when they easily and seamlessly threw in a
cover of the Wallflowers “The Difference” to finish off the song, all you could
see in the Grand was a sea of cell phones searching for the song. When they
finished the song the audience showered the guys with a strong applause and
support. Their next song slowed down the pace quite a bit as they played “Do It
In The Dark”, I was a little surprised by the song choice especially since they
had just built up the audience.  The next
song following was another song off of House Of Cards “Shelter Valley”. The
small but noticeable harmonies in the song with Dan sounded really great but
they really need to give Ryan a mic as well since he was singing pretty much
every song along with Derrick throughout this song and most of the set. To finish
off their set they played “Ferris Wheel Junkie”. This song strained away a
little bit from what we heard so far from them but it was the ending of the
song that put the song over as they finished off the song and set with a small
instrumental Jam.

This is the
second time now that I have watched Matt Good at the Grand Theatre and if he
comes back again next year I will make sure I am there as well. The amazing and
outstanding sound system that the Grand Theatre possesses made Matt Good sets
an incredible experience. Starting off the show they band stood behind a rising
Curtain with Matt Good watching and standing from the side of the stage. Matt
even made a light joke about the intro later on in the set. Starting off the
set they played us “Garden Of Knives” which is off of his brand new album
Arrows Of Desire. After they finished their second song “Last Parade” an
audience member decided to start yelling out at Matt and surprisingly started
to have a conversation with the already inebriated man. (If you were at the
show then you would know that this is the same guy to made the show come to an
immediate halt when Matt saw the guy take a spill in the middle of the isle
during “Weapon” Matt quickly had the house lights turned on so doctors and the
ushers could help the man to his feet.) Immediately when they started to play
“Load Me Up” the entire Grand Theatre jumped right out of their seats and to
their feet, unfortunately this only happened just this one time, but it was
quite too easy that people are still in love with his older songs. The ending
to “Multineering” showcased just a small aspect of Jimmy’s guitar skills.
Throughout the night Jimmy put the audience in awe with his guitar playing. It
is quite hard to nail down a favourite moment with Jimmy playing lead but I
would have to say it came in the encore with “Apparitions” the slide that he
played easily took the song away from Matt and he made “Apparitions” his own.
In The song “So Close” Matt gave Anthony a chance to showcase to the audience what
he had to offer on keys when he played a great sounding solo in the song. The
jam section of “So Close” sounded fantastic and then to put the song really
over the top the visual aid of a full stage worth of lighting flashed over the
crowd. When “Born Losers” started up the audience instantly applauded and
quieted right down and gave the song the attention it deserved. There was a sea
of people quietly singing along to every lyric in the song, the definite
highlight of the song came during the ending as everyone was cheering and applauding
Matt finished off the song in a classic form by slowly and theatrically playing
the last three chords. To finish off the first set they finished off with the
song “Letters In Wartime”. The encore tonight was three songs long with a song
from Avalanche, Underdogs and Arrows Of Desire. By the time Matt Good finished
off the night we were able to hear a good chunk of Arrows Of Desire with Matt
playing eight songs off the album. 

The Gentlemen Husbands Full Set Of Photos                                   Matt Good Full Set Of Photos

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