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The Daily Vault

“MATTHEW O’NEILL FOLLOWS HIS VISION HERE, A POTENT MIND-MELD OF EARLY PINK FLOYD SPACE-ROCK, JERRY GARCIA-ESQUE LAID-BACK ROOTS MUSIC, AND NATIVE AMERICAN-INSPIRED EARTH-AND-SKY SPIRITUALITY. (AND FUNK, DONT FORGET THE FUNK.) A SORT OF MYSTIC SHAMAN SKETCHING OUT HIS DREAMS AND HOPES FOR THE EARTH HE LOVES IN THE LANGUAGE HE KNOWS BEST: MUSIC.”
The Daily Vault
Album Reviews

BIG BAD BUCKLE

MATTHEW O’NEILL EVOKES A BITTERSWEET EMOTION THAT IS ABSOLUTELY ADDICTING. THE FOURTEEN TRACKS MOVE EFFORTLESSLY THROUGH FREAK FOLK, ALT-COUNTRY AND INDIE ROCK…THIS IS AN ALBUM THAT HAS HUGE STYLISTIC DEPTH AND A VERY HIGH LEVEL OF MUSICAL ACCOMPLISHMENT. A DEFINITE MUST HAVE.”
BIG BAD BUCKLE
Music Blog

BABYSUE

FLUID, GROOVY, AND SLIGHTLY PSYCHEDELIC MODERN POP. MATTHEW O’NEILL’S MUSIC IS DIFFERENT FROM MUCH OF WHAT WE HEAR, MAINLY BECAUSE OF THE COOL GROOVES AND RHYTHMS. IF THERE ARE PARTICULAR INFLUENCES IN THIS MAN’S MUSIC, WE CAN’T HEAR ‘EM.
BABYSUE.COM
Comics, Music, Art & More
“Matthew O’Neill’s Campfire Cook is an old-school record, recorded live in a studio cabin in the mountains a couple of hours east of LA.
Listen to the rolling folk of the title track that has echoes of Neil Young, and more than a little feel of the wonderful Wooden Wand about it – we’re liking this a lot…”
Album Reviews & Blog
“The sparse, can-kicking stroll of the title track is warmed up further by some Wurly and O’Neill’s double-tracked  vocals that do indeed simmer with the vibe of a lonely cabin singalong waiting to happen.”
Music Events & Media
“{“Campfire Cook”} has a natural country drawl, and the lyrics, connecting back to the title, are quite humorous and clever. It’s an empowering song and an exciting glimpse into what the new album has in store”
Real Music Alternatives
“WITH SO MUCH CREATIVE MUSICAL DIVERSITY FLOWING THROUGH, IT’S APPEAL WILL UNDOUBTEDLY LAST FOR MANY GENERATIONS.”
NO DEPRESSION
“COSMIC AMERICANA MEETS INTERSTELLAR YACHT ROCK AND SOULFUL PSYCHEDELIA….”
POST TO WIRE
“Bizarre mountain rock, great songs with an atypical guitar style.”
LA Weekly
“MATTHEW LIVES AND BREATHES THE KIND OF SPIRITUALLY EXPANSIVE MUSIC THAT ALLOWS THE LISTENER TO BRING THEIR OWN TRIP TO THE TRIP”
BERNADETTE QUIGLEY
“ALZHEIMER BLUES” TAKES MY DEEPEST FEAR AND GRIEF AND TURNS IT INTO A GROOVY NEO-SOUL BANGER.”
ADOBE AND TEARDROPS
“A BEAUTIFUL RECORD….PUT THIS ALBUM ON YOUR “DISCOVER” LIST!”
DANI HEYVAERT, ROOTSTIME (NETHERLANDS)
TROPHIC CASCADE EXPERTLY MELDS THE PSYCHEDELIA OF 70’S APPALACHIAN ROCK WITH THE GRITTY AND EARTHEN ROOTS OF MORE RECENT TIMES. THE RECORD EMITS A VIBE SIMILAR TO THAT OF A TIMELESS TRIP OUT TO THE WOODS…”
FOR FOLK’S SAKE
“IMAGINE, IF YOU WILL BEAR THE INDULGENCE, BON IVER AND SHAKEY GRAVES COMING TOGETHER IN THE FORESTS OF THE CATSKILLS WITH CROSBY, STILLS, NASH, & MOSTLY YOUNG TO CREATE A MODERN SOUTHERN SOUL ALBUM. LOTS OF WAILING GUITARS, LAYERED VOCALS, SOME HORNS, AND TRANCE-INDUCING RHYTHMS AND MELODIES THAT SOAR AND TWIST.” 
FERVOR COULEE (CANADA)
“Matthew’s songwriting is rural-primitive/awesome, his electric guitar work is pristinely luscious and beautifully intense, the band walks a fine and hitherto unwalked line between world-groove and country-rock …”
Neptune Research Blog
“MYTHICAL..A POWERFUL, DREAMY ALBUM”
 PATRICK STRUIJKER BOUDIER, BLUESMAGAZINE
Matthew O’Neill channels the spirit of the wilderness on his latest release.’
Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine
“Country-tinged rock and roll…good, loud, fun, a group I will need to see again.”
Radio Free Silver Lake
“‘Campfire Cook’ is the sound of a man finding peace in the cool night air and quiet evenings. It’s relaxed but not without a core of anticipation for what the morning brings. Gorgeously conceived and arranged, the song lets us see exactly where O’Neill’s heart rests.”
Nooga.com
“Matthew O’Neill plays uniquely energized contemporary mountain music and electric stomp rock. His songs open up to the wild, and feature a very unique blend of songwriting talent, artistic temperament, and instrumental ability.” 
CARL TOMOFF

Longer Form Reviews

A. MARTIN

“Living with Facebook, Garageband, and a clutch of social media and cheap recording tools has made it easier than ever for aspiring musicians to self-produce and release their own material. And while many hail this shift as an unmitigated good, the resultant glut of material and new artists can be downright overwhelming for the curious listener– all of which makes the discovery of a truly original and accomplished artist such as Matthew O’Neill such a precious and welcome find. Whether laying his hat in Big Indian, the Appalachians, the high Arizona desert, or the canyons of Topanga over the years, this singer-songwriter has been methodically writing, releasing and performing his own consistently engaging guitar- driven material, honing a distinctive sound that easily rises above the throngs of his DIY contemporaries. What sets O’Neill’s music apart is in no small part his versatile and singular guitar style, which melds elements as varied as virtuosic finger-picking, Old Time grooves, classic indie rock riffs, and world music rhythms such as Colombian cumbia into an alluring alloy that can evolve seamlessly from painfully fragile passages, to plaintive solo lines, then into driving squalls. Imagine John Fahey, Neil Young, and Thurston Moore vying for time on the same ax. Paired with an affecting and unassuming tenor and a wry lyrical sense that lingers on beauty and loss, the talented Mr. O’Neill’s real achievement has been to combine his various influences into an integral sound wholly his own. Whether backed by an able rhythm section or performing solo, Matthew O’Neill’s music may not be setting the indie-blogosphere ablaze, but that hardly seems to be his concern. Rather he is crafting lasting songs true to his own vision. A real needle in the online musical hay, don’t sleep on a chance to catch O’Neill live or to hear his self-released recordings.”

Arin Coulter

‘…Be sure to pack a large tent and a wild array of supplies. It promises to be a wild ride. We step out of our time machine near the end of the last Ice Age. The location is North America, and pre-historic plants and beasts are everywhere. The tent is setup now and all supplies are in place. We are as comfortable as anyone could be twelve thousand years ago.

Matthew O’Neill is not tripping, but you wouldn’t know that from listening to his five-piece rock band. Tall and muscled but lean, Mr. O’Neill takes easy command of the venue as his strange brew of roots rock blares out into the crowd.

Ancient peat moss and sabre-toothed tigers inhabit the music. Woolly mammoths rumble by, and the vanished human tribes that hunted them make an appearance. There’s even a song called Mastodon to emphasize the point. In this music, the modern era slips away and the audience is transported to another time and culture. The Missing Link has a faded red Les Paul and will not let you go until he’s through with you.

When the last swamp has drained itself out of the amplifiers into the ether, the audience is left reflective, not jubilant. This is a strong and mysterious album that they played tonight, not party-time by any stretch. 

I stumbled out into the street after the show with more questions than answers. Well worth a listen.”

LIVE SHOW AT THE YODELER / WRIGHTWOOD, CA ; FEB 3, 2015