Like the most disfunctional of families, the dynamics within any band are complex and fragile things.
Whether groups are ruled by a benign dictator or led by internal committee, keeping the bass player sweet and the drummer sane can be as hard as penning that illusive hit.
The solution? Simple - go it alone.
That’s what Chesterfield’s Matt Webster did with his solo album Army of One.
But though Matt writes, sings, produces and plays no fewer than seven different instruments on the record, old habits die hard and he pulled in help from his former bandmates in Deluxe on many of the tracks.
The band’s break up in 2001 was hardly acrimonious after all, he in fact went on to marry the bass player.
And pulling in old mates and new collaboraters has produced a bitter-sweet record of perfect indie-pop.
Kicking off with the Americana-tinged Done and Dusted it showcases both Matt’s vocals and his song-writing prowess.
Matt said: “We approached every song differently and I’ve been so blessed to be surrounded by so many great musicians.”
Writing for the song, not a band means Matt has been able to add strings, piano and celesta to the mix of music - all underpinned by Matt Broughton’s tasteful and sympathetic drums .
Army of One is available via CD Baby or by visiting the site www.mattwebstermusic.com