If you go
What: Matchbox Twenty and the Goo Goo Dolls
When: 7 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Civic Center
Tickets: $37 to $77
Info: www.ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - If the music from Matchbox Twenty's newest album sounds really different from past projects - well, that was intentional.
For one thing, the pop band's fourth album, "North," was written with care. It's been five years since the band last released an album, during which time its members, including frontman Rob Thomas, took a little hiatus to pursue separate projects.
"We didn't sit down and say, 'We're going to take five years,'" explained guitarist Kyle Cook. "But we are very blessed as a group to have had the kind of success that when we put out an album, it has an extensive shelf life."
Besides, recording and promoting an album is exhausting.
"Once you've done that for three years, everybody's really burned," Cook said.
But once the four members did sit down to begin a new project together, they decided they'd collaborate in a different way, with all four contributing to the writing process.
"I think largely in the early records the band was a huge vehicle for Rob's songs," Cook said. "And that's not to take anything away from that.