Matching Sox is an exciting pop-punk duo made up of Sam Downey on vocals and bass and Jaden Galachiuk on vocals and drums. Does it sound like something is missing? Matching Sox aims to galvanize the current music industry and prove that they don’t need a guitarist to complete their sound. Sam and Jaden are both previous members of the now-defunct band Beyond Oblivion and after hearing each other perform they collaborated to create a project that only contains vocals, distorted bass guitar, and heavy drums. Matching Sox was born and the duo then released their debut single “Wrote This Song”. With the song, Sam and Jaden aimed to write a song that would be stuck in the listener’s head, which is pretty evident from the chorus that sings “I wrote this song so you’d sing along”.
Matching Sox introduces a whole new sound in punk music with the use of only bass guitar and drums and we love it! More recently, Matching Sox has been hard at work preparing to release their brand new EP “Trusty Little Fox” in December, then they are headed out on tour shortly after! You can catch a sneak peek of the EP by checking out the live version of their new original song “Escapegoat” on Youtube.
Listen to Matching Sox’s new music here and read more below!
Welcome back, guys! What have you been up to since the release of your debut single “Wrote This Song”?
Thanks for having us back! Since we released our debut single we have been working hard on our debut ep which we want to get out in the next month or so. Also, we have been setting up a YouTube channel where we are going to have weekly videos about our lives in and out of the studio. As well as funny videos of us playing board games with our friends. We are gonna start posting videos on our YouTube page in the next week or so.
We’re completely blown away by the full-band sound you guys are able to present. How do you deliver this in such an effortless manner?
In a live setting, the secret to the super fat distorted bass tone is not one amp but two amps. I split my signal into both a bass amp and a guitar amp. The bass amp gives me the super low end that is needed to give the tone energy during the chorus and breakdowns and then the guitar amp gives me the distorted/crunchy tone that is the base to our sound. I believe that with the amount of gear that is available today you can really do anything with your instrument.
Where are you both from? What is the music scene lie in your hometown?
Jaden is from the Muskoka area in Ontario, Canada. It’s about 2 and a half hours north of Toronto. I’m (Sam) a city kid at heart. I was born and raised about 20 minutes outside of downtown Toronto. Now we are both based in London, Ontario. Which is about 2 hours west of Toronto. The music scene in London is pretty big with the Fanshawe Colleges music program being one of the biggest in Canada. But we want to break into the Toronto music scene as I find that concert-goers in Toronto are a lot more into supporting local up and coming acts.
Your live performance of “Escapegoat” was amazing! What’s the overall sentiment behind this new song?
Thanks so much! Escapegoat was our take on comedy rock music from Matching Sox. Jaden actually wrote the chord progression and brought it to me and I came up with some funny lyrics that told a story about blaming other people who won’t get in as much trouble as you. The funniest thing about the writing process behind the song was that Jaden and I both thought that Escapegoat was a real word until my girlfriend was like “you know it’s pronounced scapegoat right.”
What can you tell us about your upcoming EP “Trusty Little Fox”?
We have put everything into this EP and we want it to be perfect! The EP will have 4 new songs from us and we have recorded and produced everything all by ourselves with no help from any commercial studios. Right now everything has been recorded and we are on the mixing stage. We are hopefully going to be releasing the EP on all streaming platforms in mid-December just in time for the holidays! We are thinking of even filming some music videos as well!
Thank you so much for talking with us about your new singles and creative process. Can you describe how your performances feel? Do you enjoy live shows, or do you prefer the actual songwriting process?
Thanks so much for having us! We do enjoy playing live shows and we will be organizing an EP release show for sure! But with Matching Sox our focus isn’t just on playing live shows and producing music, we also want to release a line of clothing soon, Create online content and videos and overall just create a brand/company around the Matching Sox nation! The first thing on the list though is to release some behind the scenes videos of us recording for the EP and creating videos of us playing board games and having fun with friends!