Matt Hires will be on tour throughout the month of March supporting pop-rock heavyweights, Matchbox Twenty. The singer/songwriter is currently preparing to release his sophomore effort later this year but most recently released the Forever EP – a short four song preview of the forthcoming disc. Alternative Addiction sat down with the Tampa native to discuss the new album and get the details behind his latest single, “Restless Heart.”
For the new record, Hires again collaborated with long-time producer, Eric Rosse. Hires previous worked with Rosse on his debut album, Take Us To The Start, which spawned the popular song, “Honey, Let Me Sing You Song.” Though Take Us To The Start was received well by both critics and fans, Hires commented that his newest album will stand apart from his first release, specifically noting the new tracks are a bit more upbeat compared with his previous material. “We recorded the album in Eric’s studio again. We had a shorter amount of time to make this record than the last one but I feel like it was kind of a good thing. It kind of pushed the creative process; we had to do it quicker but it made things more spontaneous and fun to do….I wanted to keep a lot of it upbeat. I just wanted to make a record that didn’t sound like the first album. There are elements of that in there but my favorite records are from artists that are constantly growing, evolving, and make sure each of their albums has its own distinctive sound. I wanted to make sure I did that with this and that people could listen to it, and hear a certain amount of maturation in my artistry.”
Fans are bound to notice this change with the new single, “Restless Heart.” The track is upbeat from start to finish and without a doubt has the potential to become a fan favorite this month while Hires is playing for packed audiences alongside Matchbox Twenty. Hires wrote the song with Damnwells frontman, Alex Dezen, and shortly after the two became friends. “It was actually the very first time we had written together and the first time we had met as well. We got to be good friends and wrote a lot of stuff after too; but with that song (‘Restless Heart’), we began bouncing ideas off each other and eventually started coming up with a story about a girl who goes on from one guy to the next leaving a trail of broken hearts in her wake. The lyrics that we started with were the last lines of the chorus – ‘I won’t let this fire start. You say love is all that you need, well you’re not going to get it from me.’ So it’s kind of an anti-love song.”
The music video for “Restless Heart,” is now available to watch on Hires’ official website, http://www.matthires.com. The video was shot in Northern California and features Hires singing in several different locations as well as riding passenger in multiple vintage cars. What’s particularly interesting though is how Hires obtained the cars used in the video – “it was fun. We recorded the video in Northern California in this area called Clear Lake which is about 2 or 3 hours north of San Francisco. It was cool the way we did it; we were kind of just doing it guerilla style. We went to all these different locations to film and as we were traveling around if we saw a cool car we would try to find the owner and offer them like 50 bucks if we could use the car for an hour. So it was awesome how we found all these sweet cars and it was all completely unplanned.”
Hires’ second full length album is completed and record’s name will be announced shortly (Hires did share that the word, ‘forever,’ will be included in the title). As of now, there is no official release date for the LP.