Matt Maeson proved that sickness cannot stop greatness Wednesday night at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. The night started when Nashville-based band Betcha took the stage. Lead-singer Charlie Greene caught my attention with his rose covered shirt contrasting his raspy vocal. They wowed the crowd with catchy songs blending the lines between rock and soft pop.
Turns out, Matt unfortunately had to cancel his shows in Atlanta, Richmond, DC, and Boston due to a strain on his vocal chords. His set was cut short in Philadelphia but being the sweet guy he is, decided to hold a meet and greet by the merch table. Luckily, he was better by New York! “Matt Maeson” scribbled out in bones covered the wall behind the set. An orange couch, teal fridge full of beer, and simple lamp scattered the stage along with a tiny bottle of hoarse throat spray next to his mic. A simple yet intriguing set preparing the crowd for the alt-rock performance to come.
Matt started off with “Hallucinogenics”, a testament to the smooth yet husky vocal range he has. “I Just Don’t Care That Much” continued showcasing his talent and adoration the crowd held. “I’d ask y’all how you’re doing, but, it seems pretty good,” he stated after noticing how excited we were scream-singing all the lyrics back to him. Matt sang some tunes off his beloved first EP Who Killed Matt Maeson including “Gravedigger” and “Tribulation”. After thanking everyone for selling out his first headline show in New York City, he just had to apologize for his “immune system being a little bitch,” but then said he’s all good now ready to go. He wasn’t lying as he walked over to the fridge to crack open some beers to hand them to his band. Then, it was time for “Tread On Me”, and the man behind me yelled “OH SHIT LET’S GO,” because, well, the best songs were about to play. The crowd never stopped singing, swaying, or bobbing their heads. Never. They sang even louder during “Me and My Friends Are Lonely”. “Well, if you guys knew that then you’ll know this one,” Matt uttered out smirking before “Cringe” rang through the venue. “Mr Rattlebone” closed out the encore of the most dedicated performer I’ve seen.
There are still nine stops left on the Bank On The Funeral Tour so get your tickets now. It’s a show you shouldn’t miss!