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Meet Me In The Matinee wants to meet you at The Empty Glass

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Meet Me In The Matinee

With Miniature Giant and The McGees

WHERE: The Empty Glass

WHEN: 10 p.m. Friday

TICKETS: $7

INFO: 304-345-3914 or www.emptyglass.com

 

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Caleb Luther said he's 100 percent sure where his rock band, Meet Me In The Matinee, will end up.

Luther, who performs with the band Friday at The Empty Glass, said, "We kind of started out as an experimental band. We were kind of noisy, but then sort of evolved into what we are today -- an indie rock band."

Their sound mixes the latter day grunge of Nirvana with pop punk bands like Jimmy Eats World.

"We're really proud of the fact we do our own material," the 24-year-old singer said. "We'll throw in a cover every now and again, but just as soon as we throw in one, we'll drop it."

Meet Me In The Matinee began in 2008 as a project by a couple of friends in Logan County.

"It was just me and Nathan at first," Luther said. "Nathan plays drums and I play guitar, but we wanted a more cohesive sound -- and we gravitated toward more of a pop/rock thing because that's what people really seemed to like."

Eventually, through friends at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, they met guitarist Christopher Workman and a series of bass players.

"We've had a lot of bass players," Luther said.

The band's current bassist, Josh Brown, didn't start off as a bass player. He was a piano player who played keyboards before switching to bass for Meet Me In The Matinee.

"It was just kind of lucky for us that he would do that," Luther said.

Luther said the band takes its influences from everywhere, but it's just as much the music they hate as the music they love.

"There's a lot of really good pop stuff," he said. "Lorde is really good and interesting."

He doesn't like Lady Gaga, though.

After recording several EPs, Meet Me In The Matinee is slowly putting together a full-length record called "Beauty in Ordinary Things."

"We started recording over the summer," Luther said. "It was just going to be a six-song EP, but it just sort of grew. Right now, we're hoping to have it out in early spring."

After that, Luther said he isn't entirely sure what the band will be doing. Most of them have day jobs. Bush works at a pharmacy. Workman is a security guard.

"But we want to try a couple of mini tours," Luther said. "We just want to bring Meet Me In The Matinee to more people, let them hear us."

Reach Bill Lynch at lynch@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.


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