Mathien beats hip-hop while still smoothly pulling off jazz, rocks while softening with a little pop, and gets crazy with a punk style but slows down with a clear lyrical emphasis
"Any regret that I've ever had were the words that were not spoken"
Mathien is the brainchild of singer/songwriter Chris Mathien, who describes the band as “an aural representation” of the music and ideas constantly going through his head. Inspired by vintage reggae, soul, and hip-hop, Chris has developed his own unique style that combines funny stories and spiritual truths with serious, self-effacing subject matter such as interracial love affairs and infidelity.
After a stint with bands from his native Chicago, Chris entered Southern Illinois University in Carbondale as a freshman in the fall of 2003 full of high musical ambitions. Performing his own vocals, guitar, bass, drums, and any number of other instruments, Chris started writing and recording a sizeable catalog of over 50 original songs. Meanwhile, he began to perform limited engagements around SIU and garnered a small but dedicated local fan base.
In the fall of 2005, Chris recruited a talented quintet of student musicians from the halls of SIU's music program to form Mathien. After an impromptu show at Carbondale’s Hangar 9 in early September, Mathien began to make a bigger impression on the local music scene, with several appearances around the SIU campus and several dates at Big Boy’s Q’n on the Carbondale Square.
Mathien’s music has also been gaining attention from advertising agencies, producers, and Chicago-based booking agents. Fans can check out the band's music and latest touring information at www.MySpace.com/ChrisMathien.
Genius - Summer 2005
Dirty Work EP - Spring 2006
Typical set list includes:
Man Among Men
We Don't Need to Make Love
Dirt That I Do
Santaria (Sublime cover)
Love is the Reason
Free For Now
A Broken Heart Makes a Perfect Pair of Wings
Maryjane (Rick James Cover)
Yellow Ledbetter (Pearl Jam cover)
Apprx. Time: 2 hours
1 hour original material +
45-60 minutes of covers