Bio and Press

Ophelia Syndrome are a bunch of weirdoes who make noise together. They try to blend various keyed instruments, cello, bass, drums, guitar, vocals, and whatever else they can find to hit, pluck, strum or occasionally blow. The result is their own unique blend of “indie” music, a term they are fairly certain has become ambiguous enough to encompass their indistinguishable classical, jazz, folk, roots, funk, soul, r&b, classic and contemporary rock influences. Yeah thats right, they like music, listen to it, and unintentionally steal whatever they can get away with, since by now everything’s been done by someone else anyway… you’ll just have to decide for yourself what they actually sound like because you won’t read it here.

Based out of numerous Southern Ontario basements, garages and attics, the band has actively existed in one iteration or another since the dawn of time it seems. After recording an EP “Shades of Grey” and their debut album “All Things Forgotten” at Catherine North studio, a stunning converted cathedral space, the band decided to return to their natural habitat to try and achieve a truly honest, cathartic, and performance-based vibe for their newest fan-funded release: “North Sea”. Teaming up with their good friends Dan Rodrigues and Kori Pop to produce and record the album in Dan’s basement, the goal was to balance North Sea’s often depressing themes of loss, failure, betrayal, abuse, inadequacy, anger, helplessness, and other forms of general human stupidity by having more fun than you can imagine making music with their friends. Listen and enjoy? That’s all folks!

Josh Kohler: Bass, Hype Guy, Trina Nadeau: cello, back-up dancer, Deanna Wells: keys, vocals, electric recorder, Andrew Barbisan: Drums, Jazz Uke.

Contact information:

E-mail address: opheliasyndrome@gmail.com
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Some Press:
  • May 20, 2015: From ShiverOphelia Syndrome – North Sea (2015 – Autoprodotto) Dopo il debuto con All Things Forgotten, ritorna la band canadese con un nuovo disco. Sonorità pop rock (“Magnets”), soul (“Foolish”), Jazz (“North Sea”), dimostrano la versatilità di questa band che suona per noi di Shiver come una dolce e piacevole sorpresa. Dieci tracce raffinate, creative e ben confezionate che fanno gridare alla completezza di un album che simpone ad un ascolto attento e meticoloso. Gioiellino non è la parola esatta ma è la prima che viene in mente. Da inserire in playlist tra le altre anche The hopee Not tonight.
  • April 21, 2015: “Ophelia Syndrome are one of the best indie bands around and their latest incredible CD, North Sea shows you why.  The Hamilton group craft their songs well and know how to give each track a unique spin.” To read the rest of the review, please click here.
  • Feb. 12, 2015: J.P.’s Music Blog: “Canadian alternative rock band Ophelia Syndrome recently released their latest album “North Sea” last month. The band was looking to balance the depressing themes of loss and failure with the enjoyment of making great music together with friends who enjoy each others company. The new ten-song release begins with slow jaunt of “Magnets” as lead singer Deanna Wells slathers her vocals all over the music’s building rhythm. The passion the band pours into “Love Me Right” as almost unmatched by today’s indie-bands, while the up-tempo grunge/punk feel of “Can’t Be Saved” is an exciting rocker that I hope would catch the attention of the mainstream. Ophelia Syndrome become more playful with the jazz/ska rhythm of “Wayne,” before closing with gentle flow of “Not Tonight.”
  • Feb. 6, 2015: Real Sounds OK “Ophelia Syndrome bring us North Sea.” To read the rest of the post, click here.
  • Jan. 30, 2015: Son Of Marketing: “Il Canada rappresenta il genitore di una scena musicale prolifica e qualitativamente molto elevata. La versatilità è un’altra caratteristica tipica e da questo punto di vista si inseriscono perfettamente gli Ophelia Syndrome. Il gruppo canadese è compostoda Adrian McFarlane (batteria), Deanna Wells (piano, voce), Trina Nadeau (violoncello), Josh Kohler (basso) e Andrew Barbisan (chitarra). North Sea (che arriva a due anni dal debutto con All Things Forgotten), con le sue dieci tracce, centra perfettamente il concetto di “diversità” all’interno di un impasto omogeneo. La bella voce di Deanna Wells delinea inevitabili trame melodiche  (l’interpretazione in “Foolish” e “North Sea“), che si spingono sino a naturali territori soul e jazzy; gli altri componenti della band provvedono a canalizzare questo aspetto, cercando di rimescolare continuamente la direzione del disco. “Can’t Be Saved” è un brano manifesto di questo lavoro, in quanto ritmicamente parlando riesce a fare luce sulle varie anime della musica della band canadese. Ritroviamo i richiami trip-hop di “Magnets“, la carica “alt-” associata alla grazia del violoncello di “Love Me Right“, la dolcezza armonica della conclusiva “Not Tonight” e di “The Hope”, la leggerezza strumentale nei retaggi chamber-folk di “Stay” e di “Wayne“. Un lavoro completo che esplora tutte le possibilità della band, senza dare chiari punti di riferimento ma creando una chiara identità che rispecchia quella del Paese di origine. Gradevole Scoperta.”
  • Jan. 30, 2015: Exploding Head Syndrome“Lead single Stay definitely raised expectations as this lovely little tune delivers sweet piano chords paired with warm bass tones and a female vocal that could make feathers dance in the air. Ophelia Syndrome allow this very nice beginning to blossom into a wonderful folk-pop track that could have come from the likes of First Aid Kit or maybe even Fleet Foxes if they squeezed on their testicles for a little while. This track definitely had everything going for it. There were hooks, harmonies, melodies and it was all produced by numerous amounts of instruments that formed an instrumental that was just beautiful to listen to.” 
  • Jan. 8, 2015: Surf Rock Music: Featured a news piece on “North Sea”. 
  • Jan. 8. 2015: Son of Marketing: Ophelia Syndrome è un’interessante collettivo statunitense (di Hamilton, Ontario) che ha debuttato nel 2012 con All Things Forgotten e utilizza vari linguaggi musicali. North Sea è il nuovo album che mette in evidenza le intenzioni melodiche dell’opera, grazie anche alla bravura e grazia vocale della cantante, con varie trame che si incrociano dal pop al folk a linee ruvide sino ad incursioni soul.
  • Jan. 8, 2015: Ear Buddy: “Featured years ago in our Fresh Wax feature, indie chamber rock band Ophelia Syndrome have released a new album, North Sea, the follow-up to 2012’s All Things Forgotten. The band has shared the new single, “Stay”, from the album, a charming folk single that’s reminiscent of First Aid Kit and The Lumineers. However, the song is merely the tip of the iceberg when examining the versatility of the band’s latest album where Ophelia Syndrome are never pigeonholed to one particular music genre. Get started with “Stay” and then follow it up with the rest of North Sea.
  • Jan. 8, 2015: From Floorshime Zipper Boots: Ophelia Syndrome: North Sea “FZB favorites Ophelia Syndrome are back with a stunning new album, North Sea. The band bring a unique and original vision to indie music, with their own brand of rollicking rock, featuring strong vocals, lots of melodic inventiveness and sterling musicianship. Fine songwriting and flawless production cap the 10 tracks to make an absolute must have album.”
  • Jan. 5, 2015: Sub-Rock music made “North Sea” their first recommended album of 2015!
  • Jan. 5, 2015: iHeartHamilton added “Stay” to their January Playlist.

Older Press:

Posted on November 04, 2013 13:31

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!

  • 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.
  • 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 The new Song of the Week on TalentCast is “Today” from the Sellaband-funded album of Ophelia Syndrome, a band from Canada which is coming to tour Europe this summer!

  • 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.
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  • 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.”.
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We are happy to announce that Ophelia Syndrome, after already having successfully raised funds for their debut album in 2009, have once again reached their funding target for the promotion of their album!
  • 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.
  • From Sellaband: Ophelia Syndrome reaches their target on Sellaband.
  • Posted on November 19, 2010 19:06 Congratulations - Ophelia Syndrome!

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.