When Break and Repair Method's frontman, Paul Doucette, takes the stage, it's a wholly familiar feeling. What's different is his role. He's spent the last decade as drummer and then guitarist for '90s radio-rock luminaries, Matchbox Twenty. After years spent in the halo of light thrown on Matchbox and lead singer Rob Thomas, Doucette and B&RM are launching a tour in support of their own debut release, milk the bee, the title of which comes from Doucette's frustration in making the album. "Making a record is like trying to milk a bee," he said.
Doucette said he's heard mixed feedback on the release, which came out mid-September. "Some people say 'It sounds exactly like Matchbox' while other people say 'It sounds nothing like Matchbox.' It's so funny what people hear," he said, wondering if they didn't know who he was if they would compare the bands' sounds at all.
Regardless of how much Matchbox Twenty influence may—or may not—have seeped in, the indie-pop milk the bee is clearly flavored by some of the musicians who contributed to it, including Tracy Bonham, Doucette's wife, Moon Zappa and Jellyfish's Roger Manning. But it is still the Matchbox notoriety that will get milk the bee into the hands of listeners, something that is at once a blessing and a curse. Doucette said, "[Using the Matchbox Twenty connection] is an easy starting place ... but I've been fighting it every step of the way. It's easier to get VH1 to look at our video, but I'd much rather [Break and Repair Method] stand on its own, be its own thing."
Friday, Nov. 7, opening for Matt Nathanson, 8 p.m., $12 adv., $14 door. Knitting Factory, 416 S. Ninth St., 208-367-1212, bo.knittingfactory.com.