I noticed he had a damping ring on his snare, which gave it a kind of muted punchy sound. Maybe this was done because the setting was intimate and small. In general I'm curious how Matt will sound in a big festival setting, when he has more license to let loose, dig in, and just play *louder* and with more intensity. The chorus of "When You Come," for example, seemed a little polite on the webcast.
I guess that word applies to much of what I heard last night...his playing was a little polite in general. He did seem to be enjoying himself though, and really, he's only been with the band a few weeks at this point.
The band as a whole certainly sounded good with Matt on the drums, and I look forward to hearing him on tour in the US, when he's had plenty chance to sink into his role.