Kansas City, MO’s emotive singer-songwriter Mat Shoare is pleased to announce his latest full-length Waking Up Is Hard To Do. Available November 4, 2016, Waking Up… showcases Shoare’s songwriting at its most vulnerable and personal. To celebrate the release Shoare is making the first single “Scandal” available for free download.
A Note From Mat Shoare:
“The first track on the album, "Scandal", is a song about being stuck. The song is about being unhappy with where you are in your life but not seeing a quick or easy way out of it. The album, Waking Up Is Hard To Do, as a whole is all about coming to terms with the idea that there is no easy fix to big problems, instead it takes patience and dedication…intention and hard work (none of which have ever been my first instinct). This song is about the start of that journey in realization. Before you can push yourself forward in life you need to know that you are stuck. You need to know it and hate it enough to get out of it. That is the feeling that this song was built on. I think that the song has a sort of anguish to it. I was listening to a lot of Leonard Cohen at the time and some of his songs have a lot of anguish in them. I like that stuff. Then I layered lots of piano, bass, and percussion throughout the song to keep it driving forward at a kind of chugging pace. The song just kind of chugs along in it’s anguish. That’s how I felt when I wrote it. Chugging along in my anguish. Sometimes it’s hard to go back and play this song live in any genuine way because I feel so distant from that emotional place. But while I was in that spot I started writing and this was the song that came out of it."