Being the music geek that I am, I spent two hours or so in Borders last night reading music interviews and whatnot. I apologize for being too damn cheap to buy the magazines, so I’ll try to summarize the best I can.
The newest issues of Big Takeover Magazine had an interview with The Shins’ frontman James Mercer. In the interview, he discusses the ‘Mats a bit. Mercer asks how famous the band actually got, and the interviewer replies by saying that they played only one big show at Beacon Theater in 1991 in which only two of the original members were there. (Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe the ‘Mats played Beacon in ’87 with Chris still in the lineup) They also briefly discussed the influence the ‘Mats had on the Decemberists.
Q Magazine also made mention of the ‘Mats, placing them at #29 on their list of The Great Contenders – Music’s Greatest Lost Treasures. I personally think they should’ve been placed much higher on the list, but then again, I’m just a slight bit obsessed.
Anyways, it’s so great to hear about the ‘Mats in magazines and elsewhere. It makes me absolutely ecstatic, especially since (from what I can tell) Q is a rather big magazine in the UK.