Matt Bennett Terminal Cases on LP
Concept Album About Divorce Based on the Films of Robin Williams!
Los Angeles based musician Matt Bennett finally unveils his singular debut album Terminal Cases, a concept album about divorce based on the films of Robin Williams, which was shelved indefinitely after Williams' 2014 passing. "I first got the idea for Terminal Cases one afternoon while watching the movie Jumanji," he recalls. "I wrote a song based around it that told the story of a man revisiting his childhood home and not recognizing any of his surroundings."
Bennett then spent the next year and a half watching and re-watching Williams' films, writing and re-writing. And in his viewings he noticed that in Williams' movies, there is often a character named Jack (see: Jack, Hook, Fisher King), and that the films often deal with aging – either too slowly, too quickly, or with the reticence of a man child to "grow up." They also often dealt with divorce. "That last realization came at a crucial time for me," Bennett adds. "My parents had just announced their plans to divorce."
In addition to being inspired by Robin Williams, Bennett also took a nod from another of his heroes, Lou Reed. "I decided to structure the project around the album Berlin," Bennett explains. "I had been fascinated by Berlin since I was in high school, especially the song ‘The Kids.' It's a tragically beautiful song and I tried channeling that energy into my song Doubtfire."
Bennett worked on Terminal Cases every night for a year and a half with the intention of somehow getting it into Robin Williams' hands, and he had most of it written when the legendary actor unexpectedly and tragically passed in 2014. "That's it," Bennett thought. "There's no way I can release this album now. It's dark and strange and completely wrong." Bennett sat on the material for much of the following year. "But there was something in these songs that lingered with me," he says. "I needed to get them out of my head, and completing this album has been very therapeutic for me. It was a great experiment to write these songs, to record them, and now to release them."
Matt Bennett is a comedic actor and musician best known as a co-star of the Nickelodeon series Victorious and recently seen in the festival circuit hit film Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. He recently appeared as a guest star on the hit show The Big Bang Theory and can also be found hosting his monthly variety show This Show Is Your Show at The Nerdist Showroom at Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles.