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Unnoticeably born of Metal and Prog Rock of the 70’s and 80’s, Boyer’s sound has been compared more to the likes of Nick Drake, Townes Van Zandt, and Mark Kozelek than Black Sabbath. (Note: Matt toured as a guitarist and backing vocalist for Kozelek’s band Sun Kil Moon.)
“As a kid, trying to be Eddie Van Halen, I spent hours a day playing the guitar. That’s all I cared about. Then one day I heard Bruce Springsteen’s “Nebraska” record and everything changed for me. Words and melody became more important than whatever it was I had been trying to accomplish. That’s the day I traded my pointy electric guitar for an acoustic guitar and a spiral-bound notebook”
Although not obvious in Boyer’s sound, the time spent preparing, as a teenager, for “rock stardom,” is obvious in his guitar playing. The alternate-tuned guitar work in Matt’s singer/songwriter delivery is far more interesting than the pedestrian strum-strumming of the typical troubadour set.
Also evident in influence, yet not entirely in his sound, is the impression “Nebraska” era Springsteen has had on Boyer’s songwriting. Matt’s lyrics are narratives on life and relationships that paint a picture of rumbling grey skies over vast expanses of mid-western farmland, lonesome roads, and the broken hearts and disillusioned minds of those that live within those landscapes.