Boundaries’ Matt McDougal: 5 Surprising Songs and Albums I Love

Following in the bloody paths of cult outfits like Coalesce, Disembodied and Turmoil, Connecticut demolition crew Boundaries makes screeching, stomping, chaos-embracing metallic hardcore, as heard on its recently released LP, My Body in Bloom, available now via Unbeaten Records. But that doesn’t mean that singer Matt McDougal only listens to that kinda shit. We recently caught up with the vocalist and asked him to share a few songs and albums that he loves that might surprise fans. Below is what he offered up.

PAPA ROACH – “FALLING APART”

This song is fucking insane — no group of people have ever written a better chorus. The rest of the album is pretty whatever.

CELLDWELLER – CELLDWELLER

This album broadened my horizons unlike anything else. It’s such a genuine and consistent mix of electronic and metal and it really prepared me for the nu-metal I’d find soon after. Some of these tracks still get me JUICED: “Switchback” and “I Believe You” would be my go-to examples.

POPPY – AM I A GIRL?

I’ve been listening to Poppy for a minute now, but her latest album feels like her most complete and satisfying work. Songs range from catchy and fun to somber and critical, all the while wrapped up in an unwavering artistic vision.

MONTANA OF 300 – “CHIRAQ”

Although this song is a remix, Montana has a LOT of great tracks — this is just what I’d show a first-time listener. This song just attacks you for five minutes straight, it’s so thought-out and never gives you a chance to breathe.

RUTHIE HENSHALL – “I DREAMED A DREAM”

I get emotional every time I listen to it. Ruthie’s voice gives this song a whole other dimension. She is so graceful, so scarred, you believe every word and travel with her through the highest highs and lowest lows. Truly a legendary performance.