Matthew Good Biography
Matthew Good was born on June 29, 1971, in Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA. He began his career as a Folk singer + guitarist, backed by a cellist, violinist and pianist. Good independently released two cassettes, 1993's "Broken" and 1994's "Euphony" on his own Black Spinning Disks, before the Alternative-Rock movement inspired him to move in a different musical direction.
He left his group behind, moved to Vancouver and in 1995, recruiting
keyboardist + guitarist Dave Genn, bassist Geoff Lloyd and drummer Ian
Browne, Good assembled one of Canada's most successful Alternative-Rock
outfits throughout the '90s until their split in 2001.
Matthew Good Band's 1995 independent album, "Last Of The Ghetto Astronauts", quickly sold 20,000 copies.
In May 1997 the band released the 5-song EP "Raygun" to maintain
its fan base and the following October Matthew Good Band delivered their
sophomore effort, "Underdogs"; it spawned three Canadian top
5 hit singles, "Everything Is Automatic", "Indestructible"
When the tour behind "Underdogs" wrapped up, Good immediately returned to the studio to record "Beautiful Midnight", the songs for which he wrote two months after "Underdogs" was released.
The group's third full-length disc, recorded with new bass player Rich Priske, shot to #1 on the Top Canadian Albums chart upon its September 1999 release; three songs, "09:00 P.M. Load Me Up", "07:00 P.M. Strange Days" and "06:00 P.M. Hello Time Bomb" were top 5 Canadian Rock-radio singles, the latter of which also charted in the top 40 of the U.S. Modern Rock Tracks, a year later.
The fourth and final album from Matthew Good Band, "The Audio Of
Being", arrived in late 2001 reaching #4 in Canada.
Despite the success, Good has maintained his reputation as “the bad boy of Canadian rock”. His quotations have been publicized just as much as his music.
In March 2003 Matthew Good released his first solo album, "Avalanche"; the disc went straight to #2 on the Top Canadian Albums chart on the back of his top 5 hit single "In A World Called Catastrophe" and the Juno award-winning video for "Weapon".
His second solo outing, "White Light Rock & Roll Review", was released in June 2004; the album managed to net him a #4 hit in his homeland but failed to generate a hit single.
"Hospital Music", Matthew Good's seventh album overall, was inspired by his divorce, his battle with bipolar disorder and his eventual overdose. The set which features a new batch of originals plus two covers came out in mid-2007 peaking at #1 on the Top Canadian Albums chart; the main sigle, "Born Losers", became an instant hit at Rock radio and was followed by "I'm A Window".
October 2009 saw the artist deliver new studio material in the form of "Vancouver", an album which sailed easily to #2 on the Canadian chart with its lead single, "Last Parade", brushing the top 50 of the Billboard's Canadian Hot 100. "Us Remains Impossible" was the second single off of the CD, it achieved notable success at Canadian Rock radio.
"Lights Of Endangered Species" was the title of the celebrated and often-controversial rocker's next record, it was released in May 2011 and went to #4 in his native country. The disc contained two Canadian alt-Rock radio hit singles: "In A Place Of Lesser Men" and "Zero Orchestra".
In mid-2013 Matthew Good released "Had It Coming" in advance of his sixth solo studio album, "Arrows Of Desire"; the single was another Canadian Alternative Rock top 10 hit for the Vancouver musician and "Arrows Of Desire" equaled the chart performance of the single on the Top Canadian Albums list.