New Music: “I Won’t Be Scared,” Matt Monta & the Haymakers

By: Sam Kayuha.

Matt Monta & the Haymakers dropped a new single this week, the first from an upcoming full-length.

 Matt Monta & the Haymakers get emotional on its latest single. (Photo by Dan Mitchell)

Matt Monta & the Haymakers get emotional on its latest single. (Photo by Dan Mitchell)

“I Won’t Be Scared” is triumphant ode to defiance. Its poetic verses have the feel of a folk song with a beat that seems to be counting down to the powerful chorus. The Haymakers match the emotion behind Monta’s voice, riding with it until the song reaches its highest point: the final chorus, when Monta’s fearlessness is most convincing.

The song would fit in at a rock club as well as near a backyard fire pit, finding the sweet spot where lyrics with a meaning are magnified by the band without being overshadowed.

Matt Monta is currently touring in Indiana—his next Columbus stop will be March 8 at Rambling House for a Happy Hour set. He can be seen with the Haymakers the next day at Mudflats Bar & Grill in Galena.

More information on upcoming shows can be found at mattmonta.com.