It was a great honor that I was lucky enough to get to release one, let alone two J Church 7″ records. Thankfully because Lance was such a prolific songwriter, there is a wealth of his music out there waiting to be discovered. Do yourself a favor and make a worthwhile journey down that road.
Thanks for everything Lance, we all really miss you.
Mat was one of those people that everyone universally and genuinely loved. He was the kind of guy that inspired you to be a better, more caring person in general. Way back in 2000 Mat was one of the first people (actually the first person from a band come to think of it) that I told about the Pegboy Tribute record I wanted to put out and he was instantly, explosively supportive and excited about the idea and demanding that his band (Deminer) MUST be the one to do ‘Walk on By’…which they recorded and I eventually put out…like 5+ years later…ha! That damned guitar solo he agonized about for it seemed like forever in their version still gives me chills when I listen to it.
…from the countless Deminer & Sweet Cobra shows, the few Annual Justin+Remis’s Birthday Radio Show Party sessions back in the WLUW days, I’d say the Cooler By the Lake shows too, but he would always mysteriously disappear when they played…could never quite figure out where he’d go… and all the hang out time in general and in-between, Mat was just a great friend period. He was definitely the kind of guy where I feel robbed of more memories, more laughs, more times of sitting around with him telling me about crazy old shows he saw, tours he was on, more EVERYTHING.
I definitely count myself honored to have gotten to put out some of his music and to gotten to be friends with such and amazing, goofy, talented guy for ten years.
‘Love you, mang’. I’ll catch you later, maybe.
$1 from the sale of each Get Rad EP will be donated to the Grind For Life Charity in Mat’s name.
Here’s a photo and video tribute someone made and posted on youtube…