Rob Thomas and Paul Doucette, founding members of Matchbox Twenty, recently appeared on The Plug with Neil Griffiths podcast, promoting their new album, Where The Light Goes.
Their upcoming fifth album, to be released on Friday, 26 May, is Matchbox Twenty’s first in eleven years following 2012’s North.
Matchbox Twenty promise “another great batch of real, relevant, and relatable songs” via a press release, and Wild Dogs (Running In A Slow Dream), unveiled last month, is the perfect song to welcome them back into the fold.
As well as talking about the new album – believing that they wouldn’t release any more new music before the Covid-19 pandemic, Matchbox Twenty revealed their plans to come back to Australia next year.
In the last two minutes of the podcast, Thomas and Doucette teased, “We will be boots on the ground in Australia next year… we’ll be bringing some good friends; that is happening.” Check out the full podcast episode here.
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The successful rock group last toured in Australia in 2012 with INXS and Evermore on the North tour – the album hit #1 here and in the US.
The Music reviewer Paul Smith wrote about their Sydney gig, “The two-hour, 25-song set featured a no-nonsense rattle through crowd-pleasing oldies but also a good chunk of the band’s latest album. Of those, the deep rhythms of Our Song, the exposed beauty of I Will and particularly the contrasting dark verse and open chorus of English Town were highlights.
“The band hinted at a special surprise being saved for the end, which saw INXS join them on the stage for a funked-to-the-max cover of The Easybeats‘ Good Times. They clearly were, and for the rejuvenated Matchbox Twenty at least that looks set to continue for quite some time yet.”
We can’t wait for a good time with Matchbox Twenty in 2024.