On September 26th 2013, prodigal locals and noted Roots and Rollers, The Matinee, performed a special set as openers for Dallas Smith at the Commodore Ballroom, drawing a near Thursday night sell-out of the venue. For this evening, the crowds were forming in front of the stage long before the final stage checks as people arrived early to claim their spots as people arrived from all around the greater Vancouver area in anticipation for what would surely be a great show.

You can read the review of Dallas Smith here: www.anditrocks.com/dallas-smith-commodore

The band, flush with critical successes with their debut long player, We Swore We’d See the Sunrise, and back from extensive tour across Canada, brought their High Energy live routines to the stage, much as they have since their formation. For those who do not know, The Matinee placed a solid third for the 2011 Peak Performance Project, a workshop/contest hosted by local Radio Station 102.7 The Peak F.M. and Music B.C which is designed to foster and grow our local music scene.

As a photographer, I have been fortunate to cover the band over the past couple years starting with their 2011 shows at the Live at Squamish Festival where they remarkably performed the Friday night at the festival, played another city in the interior the following day, and then traveled BACK to festival for a Sunday afternoon show. To the band, the schedule was undertaken without much talk, they were ready for both shows at the Festival, and the band members executed both with precision and skill. And it is that level of professionalism which has carried them to where they are now.

The standard show elements are still there from the early years: the foot stomping Rocker moves of guitarist Matt Rose as he wings lead troublemaker/singer Matt Layzell, second guitar/background vocalist Geoff Petrie expanding and enhancing each song with flourishes of acoustic struts to punch, and both the steady rhythm stand-up bass player Mike Young, and efficiently understated drummer Pete Lemon to help keep the music train-a-rolling.

Let Her Go
On Our Own
Young & Lazy
Who Stoned The Roses (w/ Zeppelin interlude)
The Road

The set for this particular show was short a couple songs from their opening shows, but packed plenty of activity nonetheless. One of the newer wrinkles to their set is the inclusion of a cover song as bassist Mike Young sat down at the keys while guitarist Matt Rose shard the focus on lead as the entire band moved into ripping cover of Led Zeppelin’s No Quarter.

For Headliner Dallas Smith, bringing the Matinee on board for his tour was a smart decision. Look for photos and a review for Dallas Smith’s set on And it Rocks very soon.

Find out more about The Matinee through their Official Website: The Matinee

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