For all of you that have opined over the last few years that there aren’t enough good rock and roll singer songwriters around anymore, then Matt May’s Once Upon a Hell of a Time will be just the fix you’re looking for. It’s just a good old-fashioned rock and roll record from a guy who’s been doing it since the late 90’s. We picked Canadian raconteur Matt Mays’ new album as our November Rock Record of the Month because we love everything this guy has done and we think you will too. This amazing double album is a great starting point for a deep dive into Mays’ discography, and is pressed on clear vinyl, with cover artwork designed by Canadian illustrator Ola Volo (also the name of track 10 and one of the strongest songs on the album).
Once Upon a Hell of a Time came out five years after Mays’ 2014 Juno Rock Album of the Year release Coyote (released in 2012). Thats a long wait for new music, but according to Mays, this new album represents the personal journey he’s been on over the past half decade. The record is pensive and moving. It makes a great travel soundtrack for a road trip. As thought provoking as the album may be, its also a triumphant acceptance of life and love and love lost. We believe Matt Mays will soon be one of your favorite artists and are excited to share this album with you.