‘Ruler’ performs newest album for The Myrna Loy Soundstage

“There’s something about taking the pain of life and putting it to a good tune. I don’t know why it works,” says Seattle indie scene veteran Matt Batey.

But it does.

And numerous music critics agree.

Batey will be playing songs from his new album, “Extra Blue and High,” at a Soundstage concert at The Myrna Loy, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12. The concert will be a great way to start the new year with a good bop, according to The Myrna Loy.

While the album, which he recorded as Ruler with his Seattle band, still needs to be mastered before release, Batey’s eager to share the songs now.

Batey is known for his deeply personal and reflective songs that are honest and vulnerable, yet also irresistibly catchy.

He recently moved back to his hometown, Helena, and will be performing with a group of Helena friends and musicians: David Casey, Lenny Eckhardt, Regan Clancy and Jon Anderson.

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While they aren’t on the album, they bring their own musical genius to this performance.

After Batey left Helena in 2005, he soon established some serious musical credentials in Seattle.

The Stranger writes of his band’s debut album,

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