Being the music lover that I am, I will always have a soft, crush having, spot in my heart for musicians. They’re creative, they’re hardworking and have that perfect combination of an artist sensibilities with the edge that comes with getting on stage, strapping on an electric guitar and making loud, amazing music. So to celebrate my deep love of the man behind the music, our #mancrushmonday this week is none other than Matt Fratpietro, the handsome and humble frontman of Poor Young Things.
The Thunder Bay, Ontario native has been making music with 4 of his friends since 2007. In many ways, Fratpietro and his cohorts—guitarists David Allan Grant and Michael Kondakow, bassist Scott Burke, and drummer Konrad Commisso—are still the same five friends who began jamming together back in T-Bay, and the undeniable chemistry they share remains the foundation of Poor Young Things’ irresistable pop-rock sound. Now based in Toronto, the 5 piece is back with a new album, the EP Force of Nature (out now!) recorded to Brooklyn in January of 2015, and produced by Gus Van Go and Werner F., (The Stills, Hollerado, Monster Truck, Whitehorse). This new effort follows on the heels of the band’s 2013 full-length debut, The Heart. The Head. The End., which earned Poor Young the Sirius XM’s 2013 Emerging Artist Of The Year title, and a slot on the 2013 Vans Warped Tour. Says our #mancrush, “Our approach from the beginning has been to try to bridge the gap between rock and pop, and when I listen to the EP now I think it’s cool how each track sounds like an homage. There’s our Tom Petty song, our Motown song, and the first acoustic song we’ve ever recorded. We really just wanted to put something out that people could groove to.”
And groove they shall. The boys are already on tour in support of Force of Nature, but ever the gentleman, Matt took the time to chat with Addicted, and to remind our readers that even rock stars can be total softies when it comes to love. Take a read below!
What is the first thing that you notice about a potential love interest?
Probably the way they carry themselves. Your body language can say a lot about you. I like a certain air of confidence in a woman.
Who would you want to make the first move?
I love when girls make the first move. Nothing sexier than a girl who knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to go get it.
What is your ideal first date?
I prefer to keep it simple. Dinner and drinks. It’s nice to be able to actually talk to the person and find out about their interests.
What’s your instant deal breaker?
Having no sense of humour is definitely a deal breaker. Being able to laugh at yourself in the good times and the bad times is important.
Who do you go to for dating advice?
My mom has always got me covered.
What is your definition of romance?
Something as simple as holding my girlfriend in my arms while we watch a movie is my perfect definition.
Have you ever done something crazy to get a crush’s attention?
This was a long time ago, but I’m pretty sure that I learned to play “You and Me” by Lifehouse because I found out it was this girl’s favourite song. That should have been a red flag right there. That song’s terrible!
How do you feel about public displays of affection?
I’m totally down for people expressing their love or lust for one another. If you feel that strongly about the other person that you can’t keep your hands off, by all means, go for it! It’s a beautiful thing.
Describe the best date you’ve ever been on:
Probably just my girlfriend and I cruising around downtown Toronto having drinks and enjoying each other’s company. We’re good like that.
Describe your love life in one word
Catch PYTs on tour when they come through your city! Find tourdates by clicking here and make sure to listen to Force of Nature today!