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From the Promoter
With a brand new studio album, his sixth, Once Upon a Hell of a Time, scheduled for release this fall, Mays recently released a four song album sample, including the single "Faint of Heart" as well as new album tracks "Ola Volo", "Sentimental Sins" and "Station Out of Range".
LISTEN TO "FAINT OF HEART": bit.ly/2pQhKU2
“The full album has a pretty strong theme or feeling and I wanted that to come across right away,” says Mays. “This is party rock for the heartbroken. And you can't leave a party short of tunes, or better yet, you can't leave the sad and lonely folks with just one song to cry to. So, why just release one song when you can leak four?!”
Mays co-produced the record with collaborator Loel Campbell (Wintersleep). Constantly on the move, Mays recorded Once Upon a Hell of a Time all over North America with sessions in California, British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New York. This new album follows up the award-winning Coyote, which landed Mays a 2014 JUNO Award for Rock Album of the Year.
After departing the seminal alt-country collective The Guthries back in 2002, Mays alternated between solo projects (his self-titled debut, the faux soundtrack …When the Angels Make Contact) and band projects (the now legendary Matt Mays & El Torpedo record and 2008’s Terminal Romance). Following the dissolution of Matt Mays & El Torpedo in 2009, Mays released Coyote in 2012.