Costa's folk-stylings take an indie twist...
With the kind of success he's achieving now, Matt Costa must surely be thinking that shattering his leg in an accident at the age of nineteen was a pretty smart move, maybe even the best thing that's ever happened to him; it might have crushed his hopes of becoming a pro-skateboarder, but also forced him to channel his energy and talent into playing the guitar. Since then, Costa caught the attention of No Doubt guitarist Tom Dumont, who went on to produce the critically acclaimed debut album 'Songs We Sing' after Costa was signed to Jack Johnson's Brushfire Records. Having supported Johnson on a UK tour, followed by a sold-out headline tour of his own last month, things seem to be going from strength to strength for the Californian singer songwriter.
The second single to be taken from 'Songs We Sing', 'Sweet Thursday' steps away from the folkier stylings of album tracks like 'Sunshine' and 'Cold December', and instead adopts an instantly catchy, more electric guitar-based indie sound, that leaves the song with a vibe not dissimilar to The Dandy Warhols' 'Bohemian Like You' and a riff that owes a lot to Blur's 'Beetlebum'. Yet typically for this California-based singer-songwriter, even these indie leanings and chugging guitar chords can't displace the sunshiny glow and the honey-glazed harmonies that glisten over the foot-tapping melody.
Costa fans will be pleased to know that the single is available in two formats: the CD includes an album version of 'Sweet Thursday', and extra tracks 'TV Gods' and a cover of Lovin' Spoonful's 'Darling Be Home Soon', while the 7 inch record includes a cover of the theme from Mash, 'Suicide Is Painless'.