The Matty Simpson Band hit the sweet spot with the video for their stinging blues-rocker My Honey — premiering exclusively on Tinnitist.
A world-class guitar player and singer-songwriter from Hamilton, Simpson’s style has been called an eclectic mix of rock ’n’ roll with R&B. And no wonder: He grew up listening to everything from Nirvana and Bob Dylan to Van Morrison and Kate Bush. His mother’s interest in travel and his father’s love of music meant there were always guitars and other exotic instruments around the house. And being surrounded by music had a profound impact on his songwriting style which mixes classic and modern sounds.
Growing up in a small town, Simpson was in a variety of bands before becoming lead guitarist of Hamilton hard rockers Holding Sky in 2004. The band put out a few albums, played around the Toronto area and achieved some success, eventually opening for Deftones at the Taste of Chaos tour in 2005.
From there, Simpson went on to spend 10 years touring with Canadian singer-songwriter Fred Eaglesmith, playing guitar, banjo and keyboards. He traveled the world playing hundreds of diverse venues, including Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe, The Delbert McClinton Blues Cruise and even The Late Show With David Letterman.
Over the years, Simpson has fine-tuned his guitar playing and musicianship, honing his ability to come up with original compositions and guitar licks that tastefully fit into any tune. His songs are a testament to the years of devotion to the craft yet their message remains relative to all of his listeners. His vocal style — which has been compared to greats such as Chris Cornell and Eddie Vedder — and his soulful melodies and thoughtful chord progressions will have you putting his songs on repeat.
Simpson performs with bandmates Justine Fischer on bass/backup vocals and Matt Burns on drums/backup vocals. Their debut album Strange Weather is available now.