Saturday, October 7, 2017
Simone Schmidt might be one of the most criminally underrated songwriters in Canada. Also known as the front-person/songwriter for country act One Hundred Dollars and psych rock outfit The Highest Order, Fiver is a freer outlet for Schmidt’s folk songs to stretch out of the conventions of genre. Schmidt has five LP’s to her writing credit, collaborations with artists as wide ranging as hardcore punk phenomenon Fucked Up, to the inimitable US Girls, and Old Time and Bluegrass veteran Chris Coole. Fiver offers up a beautifully lyrical, narrative-based approach to songwriting that’s steeped in the traditions of folk, without letting them tyrannize it. In April 2017, Schmidt released “Audible Songs From Rockwood” on Idee Fixe Records, a song cycle based on the lives of people incarcerated at the Rockwood Asylum for the Criminally Insane in Upper Canada between 1856 -1881.