the mattcoughlin band

the mattcoughlin band

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The mattcoughlin band blends rock and roll, folk, funk, and blues. Matt's soaring vocal melodies over a tight knit ensemble, creates a soulful sound with an underlying groove.

Biography

THE MATTCOUGHLIN BAND takes you on a musical ride through bits of funky rock and roll, soulful-folky country grooves, and unrestrained, smokin’ sexy vocalizations. The gigantic sound that plays in your head long after the music stops is fueled by only four men: Matt Coughlin (lead vocals & rhythm guitar), Phil O’Sullivan (telecaster), Sam Collins (electric & upright bass), and Dalton “Dizzy D” Shotwell (drums). Each member spent years at the school of their choice to harness the skills in their respective areas that now add to this professional rock & roll band.

Hailing from Tacoma and Seattle, THE MATTCOUGHLIN BAND gathered from different parts of the west. Growing up in Bozeman Montana, Matt brings his small town style to this northwest metropolis, and blows away the big city folk with a voice that is unparalleled. Matt met up with Sam Collins (Wenatchee, WA) and Dalton Shotwell (Grass Valley, CA), and formed the original MATTCOUGHLIN BAND in trio form. The three became popular quickly around Tacoma and Seattle’s local bar scene when they picked up Phil O’Sullivan (Porterville, CA) to smooth out the funk with masterful guitar leads. Matt has laid down two EP’s thus far; Let it Go (2004) & It’s About Time (2006). Both discs demonstrate the tight and technical sound of the band, while adding the soul that people feel when seeing this great band live. Their music has led them to open for some very influential musicians such as Martin Sexton, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Storyhill, Christopher Cross, Curt Kirkwood, The Paperboys, Vicci Martinez, The Jude Bowerman Band, and The Eric McFadden Trio.

Recently Matt has been working on some solo acoustic touring to spread THE MATTCOUGHLIN BAND’s name throughout the northwest, and to inspire a brand new collection of music. By mid April (2007), after Matt’s “Rainy Daze of Winter Tour,” the band will be back in its full form focusing on some hot new sounds for their summer line-up and preparing to lay down their first LP. A quoted "up and comer" in Tacoma's Weekly Volcano, Ginger Knoxx told her readers to "expect big things" from Matt in the future. Keep your eyes peeled for THE MATTCOUGHLIN BAND, the potential of these guys is endless.

Lyrics

Thinking Tree

Written By: Matt Coughlin

Don't wanna lie to you no more.
So turn your back put your feet through the door.
It's cold outside and you know it's gettin' late,
You call it love, but I call it fate.
She turned around and said goodbye,
Closed the door behind her.
Seems like I've been there before,
I gotta get away from the demons that hold me,
If only I could walk away.
Let me go, no, set me free.
Cause I'm free from the arms of the thinking tree.
And if I don't go, no I'll never leave.
Never leave the arms....
All these days are full of grace,
Sunshine it comes, but it never stays.
I want you here, but I want to be there.
An uncomfortable feeling with everything in the air.
Look at this, what's happening,
can't ignore the problem.
Can it hurt to try again?
Gotta get away from the demons that hold me-
But this time I can't walk away, yeah.
No, no, let me go, set me free,
Cause I'm free from the arms of the thinking tree.
And if I don't go now, I'll never leave.
Never leave the arms...
Of the thinking tree.

Rain On Me

Written By: Matt Coughlin

I can handle this,
I see it coming from the south- to the north the sky is blue.
And I am too, and I don't know why,
Everything is moving is some strange direction.
All I can do is bitch and complain.
Rain on me, rain on me-
I survived you before, so bring it on again.
Rain on me just rain on me,
Cloud up your sky and rain... on me tonight.
I'm in the perfect place,
Who's to say it's not what you think,
I gotta pay my bills.
But it's not what I really want to do.
Is there something I should see?
Does it just come to me?
Who wants to just sit here watching life, watching life pass me idely by?
Oh rain on me, rain on me-
I survived you before, so bring it on again.
Rain on me just rain on me,
Cloud up your sky and rain...
Keep it together, no matter the weather, I gotta keep my head..
no no no,
I gotta keep my head, my head together.
Rain on me just rain on me,
I survived you before so bring it on again.
Rain on me just rain on me,
cloud up your sky and rain....
Rain on me now.
Rain on me, rain on me-
I survived you before, cloud up your sky and rain on me.

Let Me In

Written By: Matt Coughlin

What can I do to make you love me?
And show me that you still care?
Passify my longing,
And lead me to the brighter air.
It's the same old story,
And it's getting boring,
And I'm not gonna admit it.
I'm awake this morning,
Can you hear me calling?
Oh pretty baby, please, please let me in.
Show me where to begin.
Heal my mind.
I don't wanna, I don't wanna sleep tonight.
Breathe in the right intentions,
Know you got it in there.
Concentrate on believing,
And bring me to the brighter air.
In this brick building, in which I'm living,
It's got some bolted doors.
It's three in the morning,
Can you hear me calling?
Oh pretty baby, please, please let me in.
And show me where to begin.
Heal my mind.
I don't wanna, I don't wanna sleep tonight.
Please, please let me in.
Show me where to begin.
Heal my mind.
I don't wanna, I don't wanna sleep tonight... Sleep tonight.

Discography

EPs:
Let it Go
It's About Time

Set List

Typical sets last from 45min to an hour, and can do 2-3 sets in a given night. 9-10 songs per set which 1 or 2 songs are usually covers.
Original Tunes:
Let it Go
Rain on Me
54
Thinking Tree
Let Me In
Nothing to Me
Runaway
It�s About Time
Miss Fortune
What I Need
Hush My Child
Things You Want to Steal
Lay Me Down
The Chill
So Far Away
Traveler�s Tune

Covers (to name a few):
Moondance
Black Sheep
Candy
Dead Flowers
Wagon Wheel
Red Rubber Bowl
Flowers Never Bend with the Rainfall
Holding On
Glory Bound
The Joker
Nobody but Me
Here Comes the Snake
Ain�t it a Shame
Drift Away