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““With its well built textures and tastefully placed dynamics, the bands most recent work channels the sounds of the early and mid 90’s when the term alternative rock was first coined and hip-hop was at its best. Yet soon after getting a hold of these influences Mathien runs them through a Jazz Funk Soul Machine with the end result being energetic and surprisingly deep, mood inducing tunes.” Steve Hladik Aurora Music Examiner Purchase your 3 Day North Coast Festival Tickets here. www.midwestmusicgroup.net”
““Mathien might just have what it takes to be the next great pop outfit to come out of Chicago” Carter Moss Illinois Entertainer Magazine”
““Mathien are a band from Chicago and that cities extensive musical heritage informs every note of their musical and it’s that, to my mind that singles them out from the hundreds of wannabes.” Steve Gilmore RebelRiffs UK”
““The lyrics are witty, unique, and clever the band is completely together and tight, and the energy is fun and engaging. It was also impressive how Chris could sing Jazz one minute and play an amazing rock guitar riff the next. He is really a complete musical package. The band seemed both connected with each other and with the audience. There was essentially nothing not to like. The show, I am happy to say gets a 5 out of 5 guitar rating” Melody Perpich Chicago Music Seen”
“Excerpts from Mathien reviews: “The Night I was an Alpha Male kicks of strong with its title track, an earwormy jam that ought to remind you at least a little of Queen in its bouncy melodrama and instant addictiveness” “It’s the tracks with rock roots that make up the meat of the record, where the guitarwork fuels the momentum. The churning riffs on the stripped down “Lettuce Head” make the track feel the most concise even though at six minutes it’s the longest on the album.” “What intrigues me most about Alpha Male, though, is the way in which its subject matter rubs against its genre. You might not even guess that you’re hearing the products of self- analysis upon first listen, but that’s the cleverness of Mathien.” Sasha Geffen Windy City Rock ”
“Mathien added to the 2012 Summer Camp Music Festival Lineup Jam and Jay Goldberg Events & Entertainment are proud to announce that the 12th annual Summer Camp Music Festival will place May25th-May27th, 2012 at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, Illinois. The festival includes 3 full days of fun, camping, and music over 100 bands on 7 stages. Tickets are available online through the official festival web site. (http://www.summercampfestival.com/tickets) or by phone at 1-800-514-ETIX For more information check out the official festival website at www.summercampfestival.com and them on face book at http://www.facebook.com/summercampmusicfestival They have been touring over the last year and a half, and this is the result, a bit darker but more cohesive with some teeth and again more band-oriented, that’s my take. They’ll performing a few tracks live on July 8th with a full-blown show at House Of Blues. I have very good feelings about where this is going for the. Of course I am biase”
“Mathien might just have what it takes to be the next great pop outfit to come out of Chicago. Formed at SIU with his friends, Chris Mathien pours his intelligent lyrics, catchy hooks, and charismatic personality into every track. Influences range from Maroon 5 to 3OH3 to Jason Mraz, and the sound ranges from funk to soul to reggae to pop to rock. Each style is handled with surprising skill and depth for such a young band, resulting in 14 tracks of non-skip-worthy musical enjoyment.”