By Ray Maichin
The Vogue theatre
March 23, 2019
“I didn’t come here to make you feel good, I came here to make you feel”, Matthew Good proclaimed, to a packed Vogue Theatre.
It was one of many outlandishly bold statements the Coquitlam native made to the unusually restless audience throughout his career-spanning.
Good flirted with the crowd in between songs throughout the night of his carefully tailored acoustic set. The evening included hits such as “Alert Status Red” and “Apparitions,” but also many rarely performed and underappreciated gems such as “Empty Road,” “Prime Time Deliverance,” and “Fearless,” from the Matthew Good Band’s debut, Last of the Ghetto Astronauts.
Good expressed his dissatisfaction with the Canadian Prime Minister and even delivered an impromptu 30 second tutorial on how to write a Jack Johnson song. Despite hearing some boos for his opinions on seemingly touchy subject matter, Good had the audience hanging on to his every word. Receiving some flack for his ribbing of Jack Johnson, the crowd was back on board with Good as he launched into one of his most prolific songs of his solo career, “Born Losers.”
Good led fans through a stripped-down version of his band’s Canadian 90s hit “Load Me Up.” Not to be forgotten were standout renditions of “Strange Days” and “Symbolistic White Walls,” which actually thrived acoustically.
The evening showcased some of the artist’s best work as well as a different persona from the man who used to print and sell shirts that read “I Hear Matt Good Is An Asshole.” On this night, Matthew Good was expressive, playful and simply human.
Matthew Good, The Vogue Theatre