(Backstage at Reading this year in an interview with Q magazine)
As one may have guessed from The National’s brooding sounds, Tom Waits and Nick Cave top Matt’s list. He also talks about Nirvana, The Smiths and The Strokes, whom he says “have maybe influenced more bands in the last ten years than the artists I mentioned have in the last twenty five.”
Matt also describes Arcade Fire as a hugely influential band to aspiring musicians, with a direct connection to people’s hearts. Then he talks about The National’s plans regarding the followup to High Violet. They want to “start from scratch with some completely other angle” as not to alienate or bore fans. The band wants to be musically innovative and evolve.
“It’s why Radiohead is still the greatest band in the world…because you just don’t know what they’re going to do next. You may not like every record, but you’re excited to see if they’re gonna have any weird, new discoveries.”