Katy Perry's former 'band': The Matrix

A certain 1999 sci-fi action movie may own the pop-culture designation, but production team the Matrix are, in music-industry circles, pretty famous in their own right — even if their little band experiment with one Ms. Katy Perry on vocals (see clipbelow) never took off. In the early aughts, Scott Spock, Lauren Christy, and Graham Edward made their name writing and/or producing hits for the likes of Shakira ("Don’t Bother"), Avril Lavigne ("Sk8er Boi," "Complicated"), and Jason Mraz ("The Remedy (I Won’t Worry)"). Then, a few years ago, the trio decided to try their own Garbage route, pairing their knob-twiddling, instrument-playing abilities with the vocal talents of a foxy, ready-for-her-closeup frontwoman. Their Shirley Manson? A young unknown named Katy Perry. As a band, they recorded an entire album, shot music videos, and began to grease the wheels of the music-press machine. And then, weeks before the disc was set for release in 2004, the project was abruptly aborted.

Four-plus years later, Perry is a ginormous, girl-kissing, boy-missing star, much more hot than cold, and the Matrix are…not so busy. Hence the Jan. 27 appearance of that long-lost album on iTunes, backed by the threesome’s own Let’s Hear It Records label. The material’s not entirely unknown — bits have been floating in the blogosphere since the album’s inception. But page views were negligible, to say the least, before Katy tasted that Cherry Chapstick. Watch below and judge for yourself. Does the artistic effort that Spock, Christy and Edward put into the album justify its release, or are they merely opportunivores piggybacking on Perry’s new-found fame?


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  • Renaton

    Wow, I actually like Katy Perry in this song, and she’s not trying too hard (feeling I keep getting with her videos and songs). That´s actually a nice surprise, I liked it.

  • aps

    I completely agree with what you said renaton. that’s exactly how i feel.
    obviously the release is related to katy perry’s takeoff, but…it’s alright, so i guess the piggybacking isn’t TOO bad.

  • Anth

    I would totally buy this if it was released as a physical CD.

  • Ian

    Lauren Christy’s solo disc, Breed, is a great album and is worth tracking down.

  • Michelle

    The Matrix not so busy? Perhaps the writer should do better research. They’ve been working for months, doing what they do best, co-writing songs and producing. You’ll see their “not so busy” work on Tokio Hotel’s next album this spring.

  • Renee

    That was great! I’d definitely listen to more.

  • MDK

    I like Katy Perry but she sounds like the female version of Shawn Mullins in this video, she’s always trailing off after each line.

  • Anonymous

    better than current katy perry

  • *lg*

    the video’s pretty bad, but the songs pretty good. The song sounds like a Matrix song and I agree Katy’s voice sounds a lot better here. Her new ballad is just painful to listen to.

  • GreyhoundMom

    You’d think with the money they saved on a set they could have sprung for a hairdresser to wash/comb Katy’s greasy, stringy-looking hair.

  • SJD

    I love Katy Perry! I always knew she used to be with these guys and I loved their music! When I first saw this song on itunes I was super excited and bought the whole album and trust me the album is not disappointing.

  • dstone

    this is actually way better then anything Katy Perry has put out. I wish it was alittle more up beat though.

  • bri

    what are the band members names!!!!!

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