Published May 29, 2011When it comes to great pop songwriters, fans of Michael Feuerstack are quick to champion him as a true original. For close to 20 years, he's been an underground favourite, dedicating himself to excellence as a musician and composer in core bands the Wooden Stars and most consistently Snailhouse, while lending his significant chops to artists like Bell Orchestre, Angela Desveaux and Bry Webb. With his whip-smart knack for sophisticated hooks, appealing turns of phrase, and a hot backing band, he proudly touts Sentimental Gentleman, as the best Snailhouse record yet.
"It's upbeat musically in some moments and, to be honest, I think it's just the most successful representation of what I've always been trying to do," Feuerstack explains. "I never set out to write morose songs. This one has more balance; there's humour and levity but also depth. I don't think you have to be sad and depressing to be deep. That's an easy shortcut for some people and I think I'm becoming a better craftsperson at making something more multifaceted."