Love doesn't always come with a happy ending. It gets messy and drawn out. Truths become lies and vulnerability exposes the darkest sides of our souls. The grey area that follows, somewhere between love and loss, is where you'll find Matt Steele and the Corvette Sunset's debut record.
Half Girl Half Ghost captures the tumultuous trifecta of lost love, mental illness and addiction. Part autobiographical, part fiction, the album explores these themes in the band's signature power-pop rock’n’roll style. Through Steele's reflective lyrics, the band takes an honest look at coping with emotional turmoil, and the doubt, anxiety and heartbreak that comes with navigating relationships.
“For this record, we put together a set of songs that captured how unexpectedly dramatic my life had become from the time before my mother’s death in 2014 until right before things started looking up again," confesses Steele. "I wanted to pay it forward for all the songs that got me through those strange, heavy times.”
The creation of Half Girl Half Ghost coincides with an important phase of self-discovery for Steele. Inspired to help people better manage their mental health challenges, Steele has embarked on a career path in healthcare, following in his late mother’s footsteps. He's now enrolled in therapeutic recreation at Dalhousie University and volunteers with the Abbie Lane Memorial Hospital Mental Health Program.
Half Girl Half Ghost also illustrates the importance of feeling alive, putting old worries aside and simply having fun. Because, as Steele sees it, "you have to take care of yourself first and maybe that means being a little over the top in the process of finding your way back to normal."
Matt Steele & The Corvette Sunset will officially release Half Girl Half Ghost at Halifax's Seahorse Tavern June 7th followed by dates in Saint John and Charlottetown. For more information visit Matt Steele & The Corvette Sunset on Facebook.
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