The one-time frontman of The Matthew Good Band, one of Canada’s most successful alt-rock groups, Good is the guy behind some of the most commercially successful music in Canada over the last 15 years. His big hits – “Hello Time Bomb,” “Weapon,” “Apparitions” – are universally recognizable to a generation, yet Good has often been critical of the music biz itself (e.g., refusing to accept any of his three Juno Awards) and just as often, has seemed eager to re-invent himself and his own music.
Formed in the mid-90s, The Matthew Good Band came out of British Columbia with a radio-friendly modern rock sound that took over the airwaves across Canada and charted on Billboard in the United States. An early album – The Last of the Ghetto Astronauts – became Canada’s highest-selling indie release ever, and by the end of the decade, the MGB was a staple on the Canadian alt-rock radio and concert scene, winning Junos for Best Rock Album and Best Group.
Good broke up the band in 2002, and has since released a string of solo records allowing him to explore his interest in politics (he’s also a published author and blogger who comments regularly on human rights and US foreign and covert policy) and exorcise some personal demons (2007’s Hospital Music touches on Good’s divorce, battles with bipolar disorder, and addiction to prescription pills). Lights of Endangered Species, his 2011 release, is stark and stripped-down – stylistically much different from the MGB catalogue.
Meanwhile, it’s hard to dislike the subversive image Good has developed since his project split. He has self-deprecatingly sold “MATTHEW GOOD IS A REAL ASSHOLE” shirts at his shows, refused to appear in some publicity photos without a gorilla mask, and – according to his web site – lives in BC “with numerous goats, pigs, rabbits, ducks, chickens, dogs, his family, and a stable of notoriously sly horses.”
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