As announced a couple of weeks ago with the music video of the single “The Tide” : about 4 years and a half after the release of its debut EP ‘Fullfilment’ (2017), French rock/post-rock/metal fusion five-piece Matrass finally released a new EP called ‘Inner Wars’ and available right now on CD & Digital through the main legal platforms (Apple Music, Spotify, etc.) wih the help of La Tangente Label.
In addition to the official release-news, the band also shared the whole effort for FREE-STREAMING on Bandcamp.
Matrass has been pacing the Bordeaux rock scene since 2016, armed with a creative force in constant turmoil.
With ‘Fulfillment’ (2017), Matrass already embraced a music at the crossroads of genres, a rock driven by sharp riffs, guided by a certain taste for groove. The arrival of Clementine Browne as a new singer allowed the quintet to take a new turn. This second EP symbolises the opening towards a style that honours metal/stoner power, post rock ambiences, jazz subtlety, sometimes Arabian sounds, spoken word and nuances of clear vocals confronted with saturated voices…
Without however denying the groove that is still very present in its genes. A mix of universes also marked by guest participation of the hybrid folk artist Qlay, friend of the band and brother of drummer Malo Gendrot. Co-writer of the lyrics of “Soldier”, he also puts his voice and cello on this crescendo conclusion.
At the heart of their upcoming EP ‘Inner Wars’ is the theme of conflict. “The Tide”, “Y” and “Soldier” explore the idea of existential questioning, the permanent struggle of man in his relationship to the world, to consciousness and to the individual. While “Parasites (Clean All)” and “Berserker” depict two counterparts of human warfare, as an entity too big to be overcome on the one hand, and as a decision motivated by religious superstition, as in some archaic societies.
Matrass, or the building of the post fusion genre, if a term had to be found to qualify these five new tracks, which are both cathartic and introspective.