State Theatre Portland
Goo Goo Dolls

Goo Goo Dolls

Matt Hires

Sat, April 20, 2013

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

State Theatre

Portland, ME

$35 advance / $40 day of show

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This event is all ages

Buy tickets in person at the Cumberland County Civic Center Box Office, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 and online at www.statetheatreportland.com The State Theatre Box Office will be open one hour before doors on night of show.

Goo Goo Dolls
Goo Goo Dolls
Sometimes you’ve got to go home to find yourself.

That’s what the Goo Goo Dolls discovered when they began writing songs for Let Love In, the band’s eighth album.

Since forming in 1986, the Goo Goo Dolls have evolved from a scrappy punk-influenced trio into the platinum-selling, chart-topping act behind such radio staples as “Name,” “Iris,” “Slide,” and “Here is Gone.” Along the way, founding members John Rzeznik and Robby Takac left Buffalo, N.Y. for Los Angeles, but Rzeznik soon found that L.A. isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be.

“I wasn’t really feeling any kind of real inspiration in Los Angeles,” he admits. “I was sitting here just beating my head against the wall trying to write songs and I wasn’t feeling inspired at all.”

The quest to rekindle his muse led Rzeznik to pack his recording gear and guitars in a U-Haul truck and drive across country to his hometown. He met his band mates Robby Takac and drummer Mike Malinin, and set up shop in a 100-year-old Masonic Ballroom.
Matt Hires
Matt Hires
When you listen to Matt Hires, what comes across is the sound of an artist self-assured, authentic, and at ease with being completely and utterly himself. On his debut F-Stop/ Atlantic release, Take Us To The Start, the 23-year-old Florida native fuses the intimacy of the great singer/songwriters with indelible pop/rock hooks and propulsive rhythms. The result is a mesmerizing collection of songs that are immediately enchanting, while becoming more deeply rewarding with each listen.

After playing with friends for several years in his first band, Brer, where he got his first taste of recording, he went his own way. It was via MySpace that Matt came to the attention of Atlantic Records A&R exec Gregg Nadel, who recalls, "When I first heard 'Honey, Let Me Sing You A Song,' I was hooked immediately. It was the only thing I listened to for a week. His unique vocal tone immediately drew me in." Nadel sent Matt an email, expressing interest in hearing more.

Amusingly enough, Matt didn't believe the email was real. He remembers with a smile, "I thought Gregg's email was a scam at first. But then I called the office, and it really was Atlantic Records." Soon after, Nadel traveled to Florida to see Matt play, and was immediately taken. Nadel recalls, "He completely delivered on what I heard in the recordings – his voice was the real deal." Soon after, Matt became the first signing to F-Stop Music, a new imprint under Atlantic Records.

Matt Hires's music comes from an authentic and powerful place within him. "I'm not doing this to be the next big thing," he declares. "I want people to see that I'm sincere in my songwriting and that I mean the words I say. I'm trying to make something that is as uniquely me as possible, making popular music that is a little bit different." Take Us To The Start fully delivers on that intention, sparkling with the life of a gifted new singer, songwriter, and performer.
Venue Information:
State Theatre
609 Congress St
Portland, ME, 04101
http://www.statetheatreportland.com/