Matthew de Zoete and Ophelia Syndrome, Sat May 11

MatthewDeZoete_may112013_artbarimage650.jpgSaturday May 11 at 8 pm, $10. Folk and Beyond Double Bill:  Matthew de Zoete and his Band, plus Ophelia Syndrome.
Matthew de Zoete and his Imagine Nick Drake cheering up a bit and living long enough to work with Beck. Matthew combines pop, rock, and folk music to write songs built on strong melodies and honest lyrics. His latest album Colour Film features 11 such songs with the focus and imagery of a short film surrounded by a gorgeous soundscape courtesy of producer Les Cooper (Jill Barber, Good Lovelies). With the title track inspired by old family Super 8s, Matthew blows the dust off sincerity and sings about everything from grandparents and divorce to washing dishes. Two previous albums and extensive touring throughout North America and Europe have garnered critical acclaim, far-flung fans, and a reputation for smart songwriting and wry humour.
Ophelia Syndrome is an experimental five piece that layers cello, lap steel, vintage keyboards, and male and female vocal harmonies over a foundation of guitar, bass and drums. The result is Ophelia Syndrome’s own unique brand of rock, folk, and jazz. Building on the success of their 2009 ‘Shades of Grey’ EP, Ophelia Syndrome successfully fan-funded their debut full length album ‘All Things Forgotten’, gaining international acclaim and support through Recorded and co-produced by Michael Chambers at Catherine North, ‘all things forgotten’ was released in Europe in the Autumn of 2011 to fans in Brazil, the UK, France, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, and most notably, the Netherlands. Ophelia Syndrome is bringing the show on the road; the band’s fall 2011 ‘All Things Forgotten’ tour of Southern Ontario was followed by their first venture into Europe in the summer of 2012.

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