San Diego, CA based Matter is a rock band
with familiar roots. Alex Kagan, Mitch Dale, and members of The
Bletchley Park Project joined forces in the spring of 2001 to record
their debut album, Re-Creation. Although these songs were
mainly detailed down south, much of the band's sound and style was
pulled from past days of jamming on the Central Coast of California. These San
Luis Obispo musicians shared a common bond and found their music
and playing styles fit well together.
Matter's future, according to Alex Kagan, will have an ever-changing
lineup for live performances, and be open to collaborating with
other musicians that have been featured on the NPN label. "I want to
explore different ideas and discover new things along the way. This
philosophy will keep things fresh and
a lot of diversity for
our future musical endeavors." Matter is currently planning another album for the fall of
Re-Creation was written by
veteran musician Alex Kagan over the course of the past five years.
Some of the musical interpretations found on this album were
influenced by the dozens of Uncle Shinbone and Bletchley Park Project recording and mixing
sessions he attended. "I wanted to capture what it was like to live in this
small California town while working and enjoying so many talented
souls. It was truly a magical time to be there. So I wrote these
songs and drafted these players to add their own perspectives to my
ideas." And so Re-Creation was born.
Alex Kagan and Mitch Dale crafted the body of this work, then
brought it to Kevin Dickey and Jesse Hiller for further refinement.
"We only had one evening to rehearse before we started recording,
and we only got to 2 songs. But due to their closeness to the
material these concepts took flight and became great rock songs."
Re-creation streamlines several styles from the past. "Rather than spelling out these influences that I think are pretty
apparent, I'm hoping that listeners will have their own perceptions,
and allow these songs to become meaningful to their lives. These
melodies are for pure enjoyment. That's what we were shooting for."
March, 2001 - April, 2001