Matchbox Twenty lead guitarist Kyle Cook spent at least 4 years functioning on his debut solo album, “Wolves.”
In that time frame, Cook divorced his wife of 17 years. He quit Matchbox Twenty in 2016, only to return a year later for the band’s 2017 co-headlining tour with Counting Crows. And he spent time playing with Rivers and Rust, his duo with singer-songwriter Sheila Marshall.
In the midst of that, Cook wrote the songs that would finish up on “Wolves,” drawing inspiration from the upheaval going on in his life.
“I didn’t comprehend that these songs that I was writing have been pretty much open letters to (my ex-wife) in our connection, and cathartic techniques for me to deal with that,” Cook mentioned lately when traveling with his trio in New Mexico. Cook’s initial tour behind “Wolves” lands at the Domino Area on Wednesday. “And then when the divorce had begun and we had separated, I sort of — just mainly because of private causes — I sidelined the album for a when mainly because I had to appear soon after my children and the household and figure out what the subsequent phase of life looked like.”
Soon after Cook had a deal with on that, he nonetheless had to contend with releasing the songs. He described the material on “Wolves” as “pretty heavy and sort of dark,” with songs such as “I Would’ve Left Me As well,” “Love Me Like it is Over” and “Never Goodbye” tackling his broken relationships head-on.
“I wasn’t confident if I wanted to place that out into the planet,” Cook mentioned. “It’s not the sort of album that is like, hey, everyone, let’s get up! … I was hibernating on that for a minute, but then, I decided as cathartic as it was, that was a huge portion of my life and all this material was currently written. I was like, the hell with it. I’m gonna place this out there this is gonna be my initial solo work, and possibly some persons will listen to it and they’ll obtain some comfort from it.”
Cook mentioned fans have reached out to him about two songs in certain: existing single “Ghost Towns,” an examination of how his marriage “dried up emotionally” and “Waiting on a Silver Lining,” which accurate to its title bargains with turning the web page on a new chapter in life. The latter song also kicks off the “Silver Lining” suite, which tends to make up the album’s final 4 tracks (the songs run with each other a la the back half of The Beatles’ “Abbey Road”).
Musically, the album expands on the radio-friendly, pop-rock sound of Matchbox Twenty, very best recognized for hits such as “Push,” “3 A.M.” and “Bent.” Lead-off track “Wishing Nicely,” co-developed by former Cage the Elephant guitarist Lincoln Parish, rocks tougher than something from Cook’s most important band, when elsewhere, the multi-instrumentalist’s classical education pops up on the orchestral touches of the “Silver Lining” suite.
“(Parish) was pushing me into some tougher, some a lot more aggressive guitar tones,” Cook mentioned. “So I assume he was a considerable influence all through the course of that album. (I was listening to) a lot of British rock and a lot of classic rock.”
Cook sang lead on previous Matchbox Twenty songs, which includes a duet with lead singer Rob Thomas on the song “Hang” from the band’s 1996 breakthrough album, “Yourself or A person Like You.” He relishes the challenge of fronting his personal trio on the road, he mentioned.
“When it is a new project completely and you want persons to view you in a diverse light, you have to earn it just like everyone has to,” Cook mentioned. “So yeah, there’s that stress. There’s nights exactly where it is seriously light and then there’s nights exactly where it is fantastic, and there’s a superior base of persons that are seriously interested to come out and see what this record’s all about (and) what I’m all about as a solo performer.”
Cook’s tour will final by way of early May possibly. Thomas will drop his fourth solo album, “Chip Tooth Smile,” later this month and embark on a tour this summer time. Soon after that, fans can anticipate a lot more from Matchbox Twenty, with either new music or a tour (or each) coming in 2020, Cook mentioned.
When he left the band in 2016, Cook cited communication troubles and disagreements about touring and other band business enterprise in an Instagram post. Numerous of these disagreements have been exacerbated by Cook’s divorce, he mentioned.
“But to (the band’s) credit, man, I assume they saw by way of that,” Cook mentioned. “Paul (Doucette, Matchbox Twenty drummer and rhythm guitarist) reached out to me and seriously just attempted to speak me down off a ledge and remind me what sort of greatness we had in the group. And to their credit once more, they could have continued on and discovered a replacement member or what ever that they wanted to do, which I believed they in all probability would. But they have been pretty cool about it. They have been like, ‘Man, let’s speak about this.’”