In this new era of post-indierockgoth-souldown-tempopbr&bdancetraphip-pop, let's put aside the old descriptors and call Matthew Johnston's debut album The World Will Break Your Heart what it truly is: honest. His debut full-length is the culmination of years of growth and struggle.
A native from London, Ontario, Matthew has been committed to music since he was 13, beginning as a drummer and evolving into a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and producer. After playing guitar and drums in several successful local bands in his teens and early twenties, Matthew embarked on a solo project that brought together rock and punk influences of his youth with a growing pop singer/songwriter sensibility. In the summer of 2007, and again in 2008, Matthew teamed up with Skate4Cancer to play for crowds across Canada on the Cure is Knowledge tour. In addition to performing, he had the privilege of educating audiences about cancer prevention and the importance of early detection.
Aside from writing, producing, and performing his own music, Matthew has written and produced for juno-award winning SHAD, Classified, and Kayo. He has also joined SHAD on stage as his touring drummer. Matthew feels most comfortable on stage and has gained experience touring coast to coast, opening for Canadian artists such as Hedley, Lights, Down with Webster, Faber Drive, and Justin Nozuka, and International artists such as Girlicious and T-Pain.
Matthew’s first single off the LP, “Explosions In The Sky” is both emotional and mature while maintaining a youthful exuberance. It struggles with the idea of love and loss and explores those fleeting moments we all have dealt with at some point in our lives. The album, to be released in 2014, includes seventeen songs that continuously flow into one another without a single break in sound.
Through all of the up-and-downs of young adulthood, Matthew persevered; performing, producing, arranging, and mixing his debut entirely on his own, and finally arriving at this brave statement of unrelenting hope. The heart-rending songs are aimed squarely and unabashedly at the best parts of us without ignoring life's painful realities. It is music that is bright, big, and, above all, sincere.