BIO & HISTORY:
Compelling lyrics and rich harmonies have delighted fans of The Local Strangers at sold out venues in the Pacific Northwest and intimate living rooms around the country since 2010. Seasoned by over 20,000 miles of independent touring, Aubrey Zoli and Matt Hart showcase both their powerful duets and raucous 5-piece band with their most ambitious and evocative work so far: the two-disc set Take What You Can Carry.
Their second full-length album highlights the band’s musical breadth, with eleven songs recorded in two distinct ways. Disc One features the full band’s thunderous drums, complex arrangements, and wailing guitar hooks, while the second disc brings it back to their roots — Aubrey, Matt, and an acoustic guitar, recorded live in front of a captivated audience. Take What You Can Carry is a collection of bitter anthems and hopeful refrains, love songs and murder ballads, powerfully delivered in The Local Strangers’ dual styles.
Deeply involved in the Seattle music scene since Midwest transplants Matt and Aubrey came together in 2010, the band has grown a supportive and enthusiastic fanbase. Take What You Can Carry was recorded at Jupiter Studios in Seattle with Martin Feveyear (Brandi Carlile, Mark Lanegan, Hey Marseilles) and live at the Ballard Homestead with Jonas G. (Allen Stone, Kris Orlowski). The Local Strangers’ full band shows feature the collective talent of Mike DeBenedictis on electric guitar and banjo, Ethan Sobotta on bass, and Justin Howard on drums.
SELECTED PRESS QUOTES:
Take What You Can Carry is a complete creative musical experience from start to finish, and a must-listen.”
- Heidi Drockelman, Indie-Music.com
Aubrey Zoli absolutely owns this song, invoking that gospel certainty as she raises her arms and sings the truth . . . I always get chills — every time."
- Heather Browne, Fuel/Friends Blog
Take What You Can Carry is a passionate, powerful record that shows off songwriting chops, vocal prowess, and arrangement skill. The tunes here are crisp, tight, intriguing and inviting. Like some cross between Adele, the Jayhawks, and Josh Ritter, The Local Strangers are doing great things.
- Stephen Carradini, Independent Clauses
"Led by Aubrey Zoli and Matt Hart, [The Local Strangers] dressed in vintage duds but played a modern brand of folk that veered from The Frames to Patty Griffin, whose song they concluded their set with. Their male-female harmonies were lovely, as was their enthusiasm and the genuine appreciation they showed for the supportive crowd."
- Dave Lake, Seattle Weekly
"Upbeat, harmonious, infectious folksy power pop, are not often words used to describe music coming out of the Seattle scene; the new album by The Local Strangers is about to change that. "
- Rick Bowen, No Depression
"You need to see them in person to truly grasp the power they hold as musicians. Those late night jam sessions at Doe Bay gave me an entirely different appreciation for what Matt and Aubrey do, their passion and voices consuming all those that were fortunate enough to be around."
- Adam Sharp, SongsForTheDay
On recent single "Gasoline," The Local Strangers create a rambunctious and rustic landscape of folk tendencies and gorgeous arrangements that spill out of your speakers in amber-hued waves.
- Joshua Pickard, Nooga.com
NOTABLE SEATTLE BOOKINGS:
Doe Bay Fest, Neumos, The Triple Door, Tractor Tavern, Columbia City Theater, The Crocodile, The Vera Project, Fremont Abbey, Northwest Folklife Festival, Fremont Solstice Fair...
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Doug Fir (Portland, OR), Hotel Cafe (Los Angeles, CA), Schubas' Tavern (Chicago, IL), The Casbah (San Diego, CA), Mississippi Studios (Portland, OR), Pete's Candy Store (Brooklyn, NY), The Crofoot (Pontiac, MI)...
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