Matthew West – DePauw Concert – 2001
This act is actually the singer along with two of his friends in this incarnation of the band. Each song has an independent feel to it that holds so much more in each lyrics then the casual listener can comprehend. One interesting thing about this act is the fact that non-traditional drumming styles re heavily used to give the band a truly different vibe. The guys have amazing stage presence, playfully joking with the crowd, who were his palm by the time I actually found this place, in the basement of a college hall. All acoustics were used in this act. “Somebody Else’s Lawn” which is a apparently newer song is a much lighter song about a defecating dog. This song has a more twangy feel to it. Wow. A cover, which is “I’ll Be” by Edwin McCain, comes after the handing out of Free Swag. Again :”I’ll Be” has the inclusion of a bongo instead of drums, which actually are not present on the set. The instruments are powerful enough to make this act simple one to remember. This really seems to be a Christian act, which of course is not bad, for a few reasons. This includes sound relatively similar to Michael W. Smith and various allusions to God. During the latter part of the set, tracks are played that open up the sphere of comparison to the Black Crowes and various other popular rock acts. This show was played to promote their new CD: “Sellout”. Matthew West definitely has potential, with all current members of the band being under 30, and all being relatively handsome.