Marykate O'Neil

Marykate O'Neil


"If Elvis Costello and Astrud Gilberto swapped spit in another time dimension, singer/guitarist Marykate O'Neil would be the musical spawn of their eros. A doll-faced talent with enough 60's chutzpah and '90's cynicism to spark her own songwriting genre. Picked as an Essential Listen --- CMJ


Living a post-college cubicle life as a temp in lower Manhattan, and living by night as a shut-in in Brooklyn, O’Neil would pen the songs that made up the critically acclaimed self-entitled, "Marykate O’Neil". The no budget record, funded entirely by O’Neil’s unofficial sponsor, visa (pre-approved), went on to peak at #8 on the CMJ charts, who in turn called the record "spotlessly constructed" and picked it as an essential listen. Rockpile said it was "the perfect blend of metropolitan indie high society and Music City's tradition of sanguine, heart-crafted songwriting."
Encouraged, O’Neil charged another. The new record (aptly titled) is "1-800-bankrupt". It is co-produced by Roger Moutenot (Yo la Tengo; Beulah; Joseph Arthur; Elvis Costello; Sleater-Kinney;) and Jill Sobule. The recorded was made in pieces, partly in O’Neil’s Brooklyn apartment (which accounts for some of the ambient noise -- i.e. yelling, rain, honking) and partly in Rogers’s studio in Nashville. The record features performances by Marykate’s Brooklyn neighbors and Nashville friends: Matthew Caws (Nada Surf), Jill Sobule, James Haggerty (Josh Rouse); Mickey Grimm (Butterfly); Brad Jones; Jim Boggia and Rob Burger(Tin Hat Trio).
Prior to life as a NYC-based solo artist, Marykate was the singer/songwriter/guitarist for Boston indie-poppers Piewackit, who played alongside the likes of Elliot Smith, Mary Lou Lord, Lois, and Ida. Piewackit made a never released record for IRS in its autumn years with the help of producer Michael Demming (Lily’s; Pernice Bros; apples in stereo). In 1-800-Bankrupt, Marykate expands upon the sound that first brought her all the great attention. Performing Songwriter exclaims: "1-800-damn right!" Amplifier has declared O’Neil the "Carole King of The New Millennium!" And Filter Magazine calls 1-800-Bankrupt “pure magic from start to finish”.


Marykate O'Neil s/t
Marykate O'Neil - 1-800-bankrupt

Set List

45 minutes