Whether in a vast theater or an intimate living room, The Local Strangers captivate audiences with their powerful voices, compelling lyrics, and engaging presence. Over 8,000 miles of independent touring over the last year has seasoned Aubrey Zoli and Matt Hart, both as an acoustic duo and fronting their raucous 5-piece band. In each performance, The Local Strangers’ honest and soulful songs evoke a wide spectrum of emotions spanning from irrepressible joy to wistful introspection. Their first full length album Left for Better, produced with Kevin Matley (The Head and the Heart, Bryan John Appleby), showcases that dynamic range.
After each departing long term musical projects, Midwest-to-Seattle transplants Aubrey and Matt met in September 2010 and quickly realized that they shared a common musical vision. Within one month, The Local Strangers played a debut show and entered the studio to record their first EP. Emboldened by Seattle’s supportive music community and a sold-out EP release show, they hit the road to reach a national audience at venues such as The Hotel Cafe (LA), The Casbah (San Diego), Schubas Tavern (Chicago), and Pete’s Candy Store (Brooklyn). Demand for a full length album grew, and a successful Kickstarter campaign with over 200 backers helped make Left for Better a reality.
The Local Strangers full band shows feature Justin Howard on drums, Mike DeBenedictis on electric guitar and banjo, and Ethan Sobotta on bass.