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Ophelia Syndrome is a unique blend of rock, folk, and jazz with a pop sensibility. Hailing from Hamilton, Cambridge, and Toronto ON, OS formed in the winter of 2002, when Trina Nadeau (cello) and Deanna Wells (vocals, and keyboards) met during their studies in the Mohawk College Music Performance program. In 2007 Adrian McFarlane, and Josh Kohler filled out the lineup on drums, bass, and backing vocals.
In 2008, the band entered Catherine North Studios to record their “Shades of Grey” EP with the late Dan Achen and Michael Chambers. In the vein of the singer-songwriter, “Shades of Grey” showcased the bands rare instrumentation, powerful vocals, and seamless ability to traverse and blend genres into their own sound. The EP was released May 2009 and spent 4 weeks on C101 Top 30. OS embarked on several small tours of Southern Ontario in support of the EP, visiting Ottawa, Kingston, Peterborough, Kitchener, Guelph, and Waterloo, as well as playing regular shows in Hamilton, Oakville, and Toronto. OS also appeared at The Cambridge Arts Festival and as a headliner at The Art of Sound Festival in 2010. Due to the success of ‘Shades of Grey’, OS successfully fan-funded their debut full length album “All Things Forgotten” through Sellband.com, raising approximately $16,000 in support of the album. The band is a regular top 5 artist on sellaband.com, allowing OS to gain fans globally in Brazil, The UK, France, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, and most notably the Netherlands. With hundreds of new expectant fans, 2 years of refined new material, and the addition of Andrew Barbisan on guitar, lap steel, and backing vocals, OS approached ‘all things forgotten’ as a chance to reinvent their experimental sound to deliver a truly memorable album. Blending male and female vocal harmonies, vintage organ, Wurlitzer, and Rhodes keyboards, strings, lap steel, and even muted trumpet performed by Loretta Hale on Long Wait, “all things forgotten” has a haunting and timeless texture. Recorded and co-produced by Michael Chambers at Catherine North, the album was released in Europe in the autumn of 2011, and was followed by the bands first European tour in the Summer of 2012.
Congratulations Ophelia Syndrome! Already for the third time the Canadian Band Ophelia Syndrome succeeded on SellaBand. This time Ophelia Syndrome collected 7.000 Euro in order to record and produce a full length album including 10 original songs. Further they want use the money for the promotion of the upcoming album. We are all excited and looking forward to the new album! Your SellaBand Team.
- Ophelia Syndrome: “The Fuel That Keeps This Band Going”
I really have to make my amends for not featuring Ophelia Syndrome earlier. They’ve completed their first funding on Sellaband back in November 2010. Now the band is running their third project on the platform. I talked to Deanna Wells about it and why they feel at home on Sellaband …50K MUSIC: You’ve started your current Sellaband project in November last year. Are you happy with how it goes so far?
Deanna: Yes, we really are very happy! It is such a wonderful thing to know that we have people who are willing to pre-order our new album before it is even recorded. We have been so overwhelmed by the support that we have thus far, and we thank every single believer that we have for supporting us.50K MUSIC: It’s your third crowdfunding project on Sellaband. It seems like you feel at home there. Is there something special that made you come back again? To read the rest of the article, please click here.
- TalentCast – Song of the Week
- Talentcast – Song of the Week
Posted on September 17, 2012 13:37
- Talentcast – Song of the Week. Posted on June 12, 2012 09:41. “Not for the first time, this week’s TalentCast Song of the Week winner is the Canadian Band Ophelia Syndrome. Out of all the songs in the last TalentCast radio show, their song “Passing Time” gathered the most votes.
- From Lipstik Indie Reviews May 2012 Issue: The Powerhouse women musicans feature“…Fortunately we have groups like this Hamilton, Ontario wunderkind’s who, realizing this, explore this affect of Late Civilization, make fun of it and then dispose of it and move on especially in songs like, Passing Time, Heroes and Villains and As Long as There’s a Fight and Don’t Care. There is a kind of Cabaret element embedded in these tracks that adds irony to the lyrical refrains…”
- Grayowl Point:”Hamilton’s Ophelia Syndrome aren’t the biggest name in the city’s booming “art is the new steel” movement, but they definitely deserve more recognition than they’ve been getting to this point. The newest release – April’s All Things Forgotten – is an interesting collection of folk-pop, rock, and jazz-inspired tracks that gains momentum with the listener as it progresses. This record really is something where you’re in for it all if you’re in for any.”To read the rest of the review, please click here.
- Michael Chambers of Catherine North:Here is a excerpt from Michael on working with us:”By contrast, Ophelia Syndrome came in, and they had done a phenomenal job with their demos, just using a little handheld recorder like yours. (ed. note: it’s a Zoom H4n–super cool!) They record all their rehearsals, pick them apart. It was amazing. I had worked with them on their first EP in 2008 and they hadn’t done that homework. So back then, although every part sounded cool on its own, they hadn’t thought about the big picture. To read the rest of the interview, please click here.
- “Ophelia Syndrome has a fresh, distinctive sound. I can’t say why, but when I first heard the name, I was expecting prog rock–Dream Theatre or something like that. I wasn’t expecting All Things Forgotten, a gorgeous album of cello- and piano-based alt- folk/rock songs featuring Deanna Wells’ clarion lead vocals, beautiful ensemble harmonies and a healthy and eclectic melting pot of stylistic influences including Brazilian jazz, Gregorian chant, and many more, all sparkling around the edges of the songs like diamonds around a wedding band.“To read the rest of the interview, please check out: 100 Mile Microphone
- Floorshime Zipper Boots: “All Things Forgotten is the new album from Hamilton, Ontario’s Ophelia Syndrome. The album mixes influences from freak folk, pop, indie, jazz and country into a beautiful basket of flowering tracks. The arrangements are lush, the vocals are stunning and the production is flawless. This is a band with depth, chops and much to say musically. Stream and buy All Things Forgotten at the link below.” To read the full post, please click here.
- Sound of Confusion: Hailing from Toronto and the surrounding areas are folk-pop band Ophelia Syndrome who’ve recently released new album ‘All Things Forgotten’. Taken from it is sweet free tune ‘Passing Time’ which combines a delicate, soulful vocal with strings, twinkling keys and understated production. It’s a welcome change from all the hideously overproduced pop that’s clogging up mainstream radio space.
- Hamilton Music Notes By Ric Taylor“…Compelled to get the music out there, Wells and company went to the fans to fund recordings and now find they have to schedule some dates this summer in Europe to accommodate fan demand. Not bad for a band still relatively based in the Greater Hamilton Area.“I cannot express how absolutely wonderful this is,” beams Wells on the bands new international fans. “We owe these people so much. Everything we do now, we do with them in mind. We push ourselves to be the absolute best that we can be for them.“I think anyone who is playing gigs and recording albums has a goal of reaching people who enjoy listening to the music,” adds Wells. “So very basically put, we just want our music to reach ears. Everything that we do has that basic goal in mind. If we put out the best product that we can muster, or play the best show that we can play, it’s all for the people who enjoy listening to us. It’s our thank-you to them for allowing us to do this…”To read the full article please click here.
- TalentCast Song Of The Week – Ophelia Syndrome “Today”
- Posted on February 29, 2012 16:57
- IHeartHamilton: “…an impressive ensemble that blend jazz, folk, and pop/rock, using guitars, piano, cello, lap steel, trumpet, all sorts of percussion, and more. The result is a rich, smooth sound with lovely vocals…”
- Schreibstoff.com: “…Sehr schöner verspielter Folk-Pop dieser fünfköpfigen Gruppe aus den Canada…”
- Vents Magazine: “…I am completely in love with Deanna Wells’ voice and I love the sound of the band…”
- Hanus TV: “…Ophelia Syndrome approached All Things Forgotten as a chance to reinvent their experimental sound to deliver a truly memorable album…”
- La Mazmorra: “…All Things Forgotten, un álbum de exquisito buen gusto y con una enorme variedad de sonidos, combinando elementos de rock o pop con otros más cercanos al folk e incluso al jazz…”
- Lito Music: (Translated) “‘All Things Forgotten’, an album of exquisite taste and a huge variety of sounds, combining elements rock or pop with others closer to folk and even jazz. If we add a very elaborate instrumentation and rich vocal harmonies details and absolutely delicious, the result can not be better.”
- On Earbuddy: First Listen: ” The band just released their new album, All Things Forgotten, that front-woman Deanna describes as vivid memories. Quite frequently I comment on how horrible my memory is, and these songs are little snapshots of moments and thoughts that I might have forgotten otherwise. At some point everything blurs together, you can only hope for some clarity in the chaos.”
- Muruch: “… Their mellow, indie sound reminds me a little of ’90s femme-fronted bands like The Cranberries, The Sundays and/or 10,000 Maniacs…” To read the full post, please visit Muruch.
- Here on write. click. cook.
- Best in New Music.
- Der Impuls.
- Exit 61:” We spent years doing two things, sitting in traffic and listening to music. Here’s a list of songs to crank in your car.”.
- dans le mur… du son.
- Congrats! Ophelia Syndrome reached their funding target! Posted on February 06, 2012 12:43
- Tuesday, December 20, 2011: T.O. Snob’s Music. All Things Forgotten is the debut full length album from Hamilton, ON quintet Ophelia Syndrome, a band who take their name from a popular a condition where you fall in love with a mad Danish prince and then drown ‘accidentally’. The record, fully funded by fans, combines traditional rock and jazz foundations and layers cello, lap steel guitar, keyboards and more over top. Add in gorgeous vocals and you have a warm sound that is both dynamic and lush. I wish I had heard it a little sooner. If I had it may very well have squeaked into my Best Canadian Albums of 2011 list.
- Canadian Musician Magazine: Flip to pages 54-55:http://ping.fm/AJDks
- Ophelia Syndrome reaches their target on Sellaband.
Posted on November 19, 2010 19:06
Just on time before the weekend – congratulations to Ophelia Syndrome for reaching the target! With 11.900€ they are the 59th band on SellaBand to reach the goal and we are very excited about what the results will be of teaming up with Michael Chambers of Catherine North Studios, where they also recorded their debut EP “Shades of Grey” in October of 2008. So we wish all the best for the upcoming period and are looking forward to hold your album in our hands.https://www.sellaband.com/en/news/229-congratulations-ophelia-syndrome. To view their successful project, click here.
- “Today” won TalentCast Song of the week ending on Feb. 25, 2012.
- “Beautiful Doll” won TalentCast Song of the week for the week ending on March 5th, 2011.
- “6 8 Song” won TalentCast song of the week for the week ending on Sept. 11th, 2010.
- “Stop” won the TalentCast song of the week again for the week ending on March 13th, 2010.
- “Beautiful Doll” won the TalentCast song of the week for the week ending on Dec. 26th, 2009.
- Ophelia Syndrome’s Shades of Grey on C101 Top 30 from the week of August 17 to September 8th. For the complete chart listings, please visit: Earshot-online, and the C101 page.