It was bad enough that Liz Phair had four of the fourteen songs on her new album written and produced by the Matrix, the team responsible for Avril Lavigne’s “Sk8ter Boi” and “Complicated.” But now Glorious Noise has discovered that one of our favorite rock and roll combos, the Mooney Suzuki, is currently recording with the Matrix as well! Please, someone tell us this is not true. That this is just some kind of internet rumor. Or at least tell us that once they hear the results, everyone will realize it was a ridiculous idea and scrap the tracks…
According to worldsend.com, the website of Worlds End Producer Management:
THE MATRIX were recently awarded International song of the year at the Brits IvorNovello awards for “Complicated”. They are currently producing SUGABABES for Universal Island, KEATON SIMONS for Maverick and MOONEY SUZUKI for Columbia.
The guys in the Mooney Suzuki deserve more recognition. They’ve been touring non-stop forever, and they’re one of the best live bands I’ve seen in years. I wasn’t upset when I saw them in a Coor’s Lite commercial or heard their version of that Cole Porter song in the Nike ad. Who cares about that crap? I’d rather see them on TV over Celine Dion, for Christ’s sake. I want them to get famous, I want to hear their songs on the radio. They’re great and they deserve it.
But the Matrix? Have you heard what they sound like?
I didn’t want to get upset when I heard that Mooney Suzuki signed to Columbia back in February. I tried to calm down some staunchly independent friends who were thrown into fits of rage and depression. I was still under the impression that a major label might actually sign a band because they like what they do and think they will be able to bring it to a wider audience. It seems as though I was mistaken.
Major labels sign bands so they can turn them into whatever the label execs think will sell. They become the “help,” hired to do whatever they’re told. Dress how they’re told, play how they’re told. Come to think of it, I wonder if the Mooney Suzuki will even get to play on their new album. Liz Phair only plays guitar on one track on her new album.
I know, I know. The sky may not actually be falling. But these major labels must be stopped. They should never be allowed to tell another band how to record another album or how to dress to promote it.
UPDATE: In an exclusive Glorious Noise email interview, Matrix manager Sandy Robertson told us, “The Matrix have cut 3 tracks with Mooney Suzuki already. They will be co-writing and producing their whole album when MS get off Lollapalooza.”