2023 release from Grammy-nominated band Matchbox Twenty!
Fifth full-length for Atlantic Records includes "Wild Dogs (Running in a Slow Dream)," "Friends," "One Hit Love" and more!
Guest performance by singer-songwriter Amanda Shires on "No Other Love"
Where the Light Goes is the fifth studio album by American rock band Matchbox Twenty. Band co-founder Paul Doucette says futured recordings with the Grammy-nominated group were not always in the cards.
"No," Doucette replied, when a Twitter follower asked if the new album included bonus tracks. "But really the record is a bonus, so yes — 12."
Fans may have chuckled, but the multi-instrumentalist wasn't kidding.
"Before this record, I didn't think we'd ever make new music again," Doucette tells Variety ahead of the album's May 26 release. "I had grieved it and moved on. Rob (Thomas) was doing his thing and I didn't want to wait anymore. Then I started film and TV (composing) — I started at the bottom, clawed my way up and liked it, so didn't want to give that up."
"Your dreams at 20 don't have to be your dreams at 50," continues Doucette, a composer on Apple TV's "For All Mankind." "I thought, ‘We can always go out and play, but if we never make another record, it's okay. We had a great run.' I had written us off."
Throw in Kyle Cook's solo ventures and brief departure from the group and Thomas' hesitations around losing the autonomy of his solo career (releasing Chip Tooth Smile in 2019, a Christmas album in 2021 and co-writing songs with artists including Carlos Santana and Conrad Sewell) and the band could have simply continued touring with hits like "Push," "3AM" and "Long Day."
But as their anthemic album opener, "Friends," notes, "There's a rhythm to the way life goes," and for Thomas (vocals), Cook (guitar, vocals, keys), Doucette (guitar, drums, keys, background vocals) and Brian "Pookie" Yale (bass), that meant finding their way back to the studio — even if it takes 11 years.
|Friends||Wild Dogs (Running in a Slow Dream)||Rebels||One Hit Love||Warm Blood||Queen of New York City||Where the Light Goes||Hang on Every Word||Don't Get Me Wrong||I Know Better||No Other Love||Selling Faith|