Chaotic Neutral Tour
w/ Matthew Good and Scott Helman - 12/17/15 - Hamilton place Theatre - Hamilton, ON
Article and Photos by Logan Reid
Opening up the show was Scott Helman out of Toronto, Ontario. There wasn't too many people in the theatre when his set started but it quickly filled up. He started off his set with a highly energetic performance of Tikka before moving into one of his singles of That Sweater which got some people singing along who had possibly heard it over the radio. Throughout his his set, Scott was very interactive and cracking jokes throughout the night. Whether it was making fun of his size and age, or even at his own music by calling it awful at one point, he managed the crowd and kept everyone in good spirits. For his song Cry Cry Cry, he lost his composure though about halfway through and had to stop the song. This was the last day of his six week long tour, and with this being the case, Matthew Good and his crew had decided to prank Scott and started dancing on stage wearing "Scott Helman" crop tops.
For this reason Scott was forced to stop the song as he couldn't help but laugh and started hugging all of the member of the crew and Matthew Good before he could restart the song. For his performances of The Lion, and Machine, the electric guitar and drum set got dropped for only his guitar and a drum box. He also made sure to explain how he was inspired for each song such as how The Lion was based off a poem written by his friend who had recently been diagnosed as bipolar and how he had wrote Machine in a bar and made full use of the fantastic venue finishing off the song without the use of a microphone. He finished off his set with his hit single Bungalow which got many people singing or clapping along. Scott Helman may be very young, but he's got an absolutely huge future among Canadian solo musicians.
Playing with stage wardrobe, Matthew Good came out on stage dressed in all white to stand out opposed to his band who were entirely dressed in all black. His set started off with an extended medley of Load Me Up and Carmelina. As sad as it is, I am not heavily familiar with Matthew Goods music although I am very aware of his legend here in Canada. With the crowd now filled with people. Matthew managed to get just about everyone singing along to every song. For Army of Lions, Matthew saw an empty seat in the front row and decided to join the crowd, sitting down to perform the next song with a beer in hand.
During this time period some fans walked up to the front row and sat down in front of him on the ground while they would take selfies with Matthew singing in the background. While the front couple rows remained seated to follow Matthew, the rest of the crowd would stand up for the rest of the show with the front crowd joining on their feet as Matthew got back on stage. The rest of the night stayed true to any other Matthew Good show being pretty tame, with the crowd getting loudest for his performance of Apparitions.
Matthew Good SETLIST
Scott Helman Setlist