The Meteor Shower
Music and lyrics / Free downloads / Digital booklet
The Meteor Shower began with the songwriting of Matthew Hall, guitarist, singer and producer. Matthew was later backed up by the playing and songwriting skills of Paul Greening (Bass / Vocals) and Roger Sampson (Keyboards)
The band’s sound could loosely be described as Indie although it is also true to say that it is has a distinctive & idiosyncratic sound quite apart from many contemporary Indie Rock bands. The songwriting makes much use of instrumentation and vocal harmonies & melodies / counter-melodies that are deliberately created to produce a full sound. This is on top of a conventional but all-important rhythm section of drums, guitars and bass, with keyboards and, on some songs, horns to complete the mix
The Meteor Shower collectively have a considerable repertoire of songs and are prolific songwriters, as a result of which there is a constant output of new songs appearing It is therefore anticipated there will also be an album of entirely new material in the near future.
The band's three albums are all incorporated on this site with some free downloads from each and also free downloads of newer material planned for the next album. The site also includes a previous album jointly written by Matt Hall and Vince O'Donnell on a separate earlier album called Boys in the Corner
There are also a few tracks best described as orchestral film music which are written by Matt Hall and are included. This is aimed at extending the reach and repertoire of The Meteor Shower
The Meteor Shower have a blog available on this site which it is hoped will grow organically, and develop into a series of discussions containing all aspects of music, production and songwriting as well as feedback and commentary to do with the band itself
Please feel free to comment via the blog or to contact us via the details provided below
Fight or Flight
This is the fifth album by The Meteor Shower which continues with the tradition of short but catchy alternative rock / pop songs. The lyrics here have often take on an English landscape-based theme. The music continues to blend live instruments and synths / samples and concentrates as ever on melody and the overall sound togetherness, if need be at the expense of other production concerns
Thoughts About Leaf Mould
(From the album 'Unromance')
This video was filmed and produced by Roger Sampson and debuted at the Crystal Palace Film Festival in London SE19 on 27 September 2011
The Meteor Shower
As a group we have fairly broad-ranging musical likes and dislikes with musical influences spanning several decades. This wide-ranging influence is hopefully captured in the music. It is important to us that the sound is not seen as dated - but equally important that influences from earlier musical genres are not avoided for the sake of it. Modern production can often be combined with tried and tested musical techniques (see the 'Loudness Wars') to give a sound that is imposing and vibrant. This is our goal.
The Meteor Shower place strong emphasis on melody and lyrics. The music itself often incorporates multi-layered harmony vocals as well as drums, guitars, bass and keyboards with a fair bit of brass blended in as well. An energetic and live rhythm feel is important to our overall sound, and any live gigs in the future will certainly incorporate live drums.
We all hail from south London, and our interests are music (of course....), football (different teams), and pointless pub arguments. And other things besides.