Maiden Creek Lodge

Maiden Creek Lodge

The Chairman Dances, Cotton Tail

Thu, January 10, 2013

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$8.00 - $10.00

This event is 21 and over

Maiden Creek Lodge
Maiden Creek Lodge
Born in Ontario, Canada and raised in Pennsylvania, Matthew spent much of his youth joyously alongside his father in the Eastern Woodlands. A deep passion for music was always in him and when, at age 13, his father passed away, he delved into that love of music and began playing guitar, writing songs, and forming a band.

At age 19, O’Neill removed himself from the world of man and sought out the education of experience in the wilderness of the American West. Matthew lived ‘alone’ among nature’s wild creation, baselining his mind and soul amongst the refined ecological systems and strong powers of the earth. He lived nomadically, sleeping in a tent or self made shelter, in National Forests and Reservations, and fasted often. He took seasonal jobs on remote ranches and farms. These jobs included sustainable logging with draft horses and working as a wrangler on the Western Slope of Colorado. All along, songs came to him while he developed his own guitar style, one in which the ancient past is tied to the future.

Years later, after moving to Santa Cruz, California, he began performing in small intimate venues. The response was enthusiastic and Matthew began to pursue his dream of a musical career. He soon left Santa Cruz, to the more affordable town of Prescott, Arizona. There, in that mile high misfit ponderosa, he formed the band ~ Maiden Creek Lodge. The group got a strong local buzz going on account their highly charged performances and combined songwriting talent. An album was self recorded at his cabin. With Matthew’s adopted wolf-dog, Zumthor, as an audience, the album featured extended, passionate, trance induced song explorations.
Encouraged by the band’s success, Matthew decided to move back East to Upstate New York in order to stay rural and be near New York City. Traveling to NYC, he played select shows, the first being an ARTHUR magazine CMJ showcase. Soon after he moved with his family to Los Angeles, living in Echo Park, then moving to an off the grid shack on the slopes of the Santa Monica Mountains. Up until recently he has been reclusive, preferring the company of natural places to create. O’Neill now lives in Mt. Airy, Philadelphia.
The Chairman Dances
The Chairman Dances
The Chairman Dances are an art-rock band hailing from Philadelphia. Since 2011, they have released two records: the fifteen-track double album, Long Lost / A History Of Iniquity; and, A Promise, a concept album that traces the lives of two fictional married couples. The release of the latter in May 2012 caught the attention of WXPN’s John Vettese, who writes, “Ambitious rock band The Chairman Dances have graduated from indie songwriters to dramatic storytellers…” Lindsey Colferai, music maven and creator of the blog What’s Protocol?, writes: “For fans of Death Cab for Cutie, the Weakerthans, and even the Decemberists, I’d say you’ve got quite a match for your taste in music.”

In July 2012, the group was commissioned by J. Randolph Brown (Steady State Productions) to write and record a song for his latest short film, Jacob’s Ladder. The movie had its premier at the New York Film Academy in August, making its Philadelphia debut a month later at South Philly’s Filmtech.

Currently, The Chairman Dances are preparing material for their third full-length, to be recorded this winter by Headroom Studios’ Kyle Pulley (Grandchildren, Dangerous Ponies) and Joe Reinhart (Hop Along, Algernon Cadwallader).
Venue Information:
MilkBoy Philly
1100 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107