Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Matchbox Twenty

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Matchbox Twenty (currently official spelling, typeset as Matchbox 20 in their early years) is an American rock band, formed in Orlando, Florida, in 1995. The group currently comprises Rob Thomas (lead vocals, piano, rhythm guitar), Brian Yale (bass), and Paul Doucette (lead and rhythm guitar, drums, backing vocals).

Matchbox Twenty rose to international fame with their debut album, Yourself or Someone Like You (1996), which was certified 12× Platinum (diamond) in the United States and multi-platinum in Australia, Canada and New Zealand. Their second album, Mad Season, released in 2000, charted in the top three on the Billboard 200 and was certified 4× Platinum in the United States. Their third album, More Than You Think You Are, released in 2002, was only certified 2x Platinum in the United States, despite its singles receiving significant airplay. Director Bill Draheim documented the band throughout the process while making More Than You Think You Are. The documentary "Theresville" was an online extra.

The band then went on hiatus in 2004, with rhythm guitarist Adam Gaynor leaving the band in 2005 after performing on the first three studio albums. As a result, Paul Doucette took over rhythm guitar, and the band reunited and released a compilation album, Exile on Mainstream, in 2007, which was certified Gold in the United States. After the release, former Push Stars drummer Ryan MacMillan filled Doucette's vacated drum spot.

Rob Thomas, Brian Yale, and Paul Doucette were part of the band Tabitha's Secret, which was based in Orlando, Florida, with fellow members Jay Stanley and John Goff, before splitting to start a new band (what was to become Matchbox Twenty). After recruiting Adam Gaynor from Criteria Recording Studios in Miami and Kyle Cook from the Atlanta Institute of Music, the band named themselves Matchbox 20 and earned a recording contract with Atlantic Records.

On April 9, 2016 Kyle Cook posted a Tweet linked to his Instagram where he announced that he had left Matchbox Twenty. In his statement Cook said, "I wish things were different and I felt differently about it, but several weeks ago I made the other members aware that I am leaving the group. This, however, should not be taken as an announcement of the band's dissolution because I only speak on my behalf. For me, the decision was one that was heavily contemplated and meditated on. Among others, the primary reasons were a deterioration of communication, disagreements on when, where, and how we tour, and a general breakdown of democracy in the group."

Matchbox Twenty's music has been considered pop rock, alternative rock and post-grunge. On their first album Yourself Or Someone Like You the band's music carried an alternative rock and post-grunge sound, the latter term of which was used at the time to describe bands that played a radio-friendly style of grunge[citation needed]. On Matchbox Twenty's later releases they adopted a pop rock sound though still retaining their older alternative rock and post-grunge sounds.


Yourself or Someone Like You (1996)
Mad Season (2000)
More Than You Think You Are (2002)
Exile on Mainstream (2007)
North (2012)