Almost any one of the many tools at the disposal of Indie rockers Mathien could lead to a successful modern band. The clever tongue-in-cheek observational song lyrics, a band of musicians who seem bred to experiment in every possible musical style, and a versatile vocalist equally comfortable crooning a soul ballad or shifting to hip hop. Put them together and you're no longer talking about a potentially successful band but a potentially great one. Singer-songwriter and guitarist Chris Mathien, the force behind the band's lightning rod of musical influences, fronts a band boasting three multi-instrumentalists, a classical violinist, and a drummer who would not be out of place in a thrash band. This diversity allows Mathien to cross musical boundaries that recall early 70's soul, funk and R&B; while staying contemporary and avoiding any derivative comparisons. Chris Mathien first picked up the guitar at the age of 8 and was writing his first songs by 5th grade. After playing in several bands in high school, Chris found his musical sensibilities more in line with classic R&B;, funk, soul and reggae than anything in the modern autotuned airwaves. When Chris entered Southern Illinois University, he was a solo act; content to write and record his own songs. While performing in coffeehouses and distributing CDs of his material, a steady fan base grew and soon like-minded musicians were attending his shows. When talented keyboardist, George Jackson III, was recruited he was already a longtime fan. George even cites Mathien as a musical influence on his Facebook account. Bassist Mike Schiff knew the bass lines when he showed up to audition for the band. Drummer Aaron Bouslog was drawn to the musical diversity of Mathien's music, "I've always enjoyed exploring different styles when I play which made me a perfect fit for Mathien." Violin maestro Lee England Jr. concurs, "It's so eclectic, we'll be in the middle of a rock song and suddenly we've switched to reggae." With the lineup set, Mathien soon gained a reputation as an impressive live act. A typically sold out Mathien show is a study in the relationship between artist and fan. Mike says of the live experience "Every show is unique and we approach every song to make it new to our audience." Aaron effuses, "I've never felt the energy that I feel with these guys with anyone else." George echoes, "I've played a lot of shows, but playing a set with Mathien is unlike any other musical experiences I've encountered before." Chris sums up the band's philosophy, "I really just want people to relate to my music, when I look out in the audience and people are singing my songs and dancing and having a lot of fun it thrills me. I feel like what I'm saying is such a part of me and it makes me happy to see other people connecting to it." On the strength of Mathien's self-produced first CD, Head Heart and Hands, and the bands enthusiastic and burgeoning fan base, Mathien was discovered by Luke Jensen, and soon after signed with Chicago's Midwest Music Group. In 2008, Mathien entered Pressure Point Recording Studios, the Midwest's premier recording facility, for their most ambitious project to date. The resulting CD, Hello Again, is a sublime showcase of Chris Mathien's songwriting, eclectic influences as well as the band's mature chemistry. With an ever expanding songbook, passionate band and devoted fan base, this looks to be just the first dip into an endlessly gratifying well.
Dirt That I Do
Broomsticks and Cereal Bowls
Sticks and Stones
We Don't Need To Make Love To Know That We've Got It
Slowly As You Live
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