Matias Haavisto is a singer-songwriter also known as Herman, the banjo player in Steve'n'Seagulls – the band that went viral after releasing their bluegrassy version of AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” on YouTube. Matias and the Canyons is a four-piece band that was born in spring 2019 when Matias (vocals, banjo, guitar), Jarkko (Guitar), Luis (Bass) and Janne (Drums) entered a rehearsal room and started playing Haavisto’s new songs. It was the first time they ever played together, but the band had the sound Matias was looking for right from the beginning.
Album to be released in May 2020
Although you can hear the banjo every now and then, the bluegrass crossover renditions by the Seagulls do not feature on the album. Matias and the Canyons follows the path laid out by 60s and 70s folk rock and contemporary Americana.
Haavisto has toured around the world with Steve'n'Seagulls over the past few years. On the tour bus, listening to bands and artists like CSN, Neil Young, Tim Buckley, Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton and Joshua James got him deeper into the music of Laurel Canyon and Americana. There he found a new way to write songs.
The album was recorded at Magnusborg Studios in Porvoo, Finland, in summer 2019. The album was produced, recorded and mixed by Jarkko Viinamäki. The tracks found their way to Grammy-winning mastering engineer Pete Lyman who finished the album at Infrasonic Mastering in Nashville, Tennessee.