Who: Matt Mays & El Torpedo
When: Tuesday, July 8, 9 p.m.
You may as well check your ego at the door if you’re going to
jam with Matt Mays and the men of El Torpedo. They’re a laidback bunch, and
they’re truly in it for the music.
The band is Mays on vocals and guitar, Andy Patil on bass and
vocals, Jay Smith on guitar and vocals, and Tim Jim Baker on drums.
Born and raised in Nova Scotia, these rockers are true East
Coast kids, and they’ve been making music with one another for a long time. In
fact, Mays goes way back with Baker, their drummer. Long before they played in
a band together, they could be found huddled around the Nintendo at their
parent’s dinner parties.
Mays moved to New York a few years ago, first settling in New
Jersey, and then finally ending up in Brooklyn about a year ago.
“I love it, it’s awesome,” Mays said, “It’s just an amazing
city — it’s just really electric.”
Mays released his first self-titled solo album in 2002. It was
very well received within the Canadian music industry, earning him nominations
for new artist of the year and adult alternative album of the year at the 2005
The group came together shortly afterwards.
“I’ve been really lucky with being able to find really great
players — not just great players, but good friends,” Mays added.
That’s not to say they haven’t gone through a few lineup
changes. Since the group’s first record was released in 2005, they’ve replaced
their keyboard player and guitar player, but there was no awkward audition or
adjustment period, because both are long-time friends of Mays.
Lineup changes have been known to either make or break bands,
and in the case of Matt Mays & El Torpedo, it seems to be the former.
“There’s something going on in the band right now that really
excites me with Jay and Adam, our two new guys,” Mays explained. “We’re
stronger and have some sort of force here this time that we never had before.”
Now, the band has taken on a whole new energy.
“We’re playing shows now, I’ve just been flabbergasted walking
off stage,” said Mays.