THE MATCHSTICK ARCHITECTs
The Matchstick Architects are a New England based rock band with a soulful blend of country, blues, and folk influences.
The band is fronted by Dar Maloney (Pleasant Valley, NY) on guitar and lead vocals. The band features Maloney, Tom Conklin (Pittsfield, MA) on lead guitar, Diane Davis (Barkhamsted, CT) on bass, and Dave Willey (Becket, MA) on drums.
The band plays in and around New England and beyond in support of their debut CD entitled... All That's In Between.
Dar and Tom formed the Matchstick Architects as a duo in 2010. With the idea of adding bandmates always a persistent desire, they played small venues and festivals for a couple of years and continued to write songs. Bassist Diane Davis came along shortly thereafter. That was a stroke of luck. She was the perfect fit and she added the pulsating low end that they were desperately missing. From there, a search for the right drummer began. That search would prove to be a challenge. After going through several drummers that didn’t work out for one reason or another, they found Paul Unsworth. Paul was the final piece to finishing the band’s debut album, All That’s In Between. Paul played drums on all the album tracks with the exception of one, the soulful blues rocker, Ready. Band friend and Arlo Guthrie drummer, Terry A La Berry, had already laid down the drum tracks for that one.
The first single off the debut album, Little Things, enjoyed a steady rotation on The Exit 97.7 WEXT, a radio station based in Troy, NY which serves the greater Capital District of Albany, NY. The song also came in at #12 on the radio station's Top 60 Local 518 Songs of 2016. Here is what morning drive personality, Dave Michaels, had to say about the debut effort…
“Tom Conklin’s rousing guitar playing mixes delightfully with the honey voice of Dar Maloney on The Matchstick Architect’s debut album, “All That’s In Between”. The band, rounded out by bassist Diane Davis and drummer Paul Unsworth, stomp through nine songs; delivering a good mixture of moods on the album, from the slick pop-like song The Moment to the slowing burning rocker Ready. A promising debut.”
Paul Unsworth relocated his family and had to leave the band in 2015, once again leaving a hole in the line-up that has been hard to keep filled. That’s is where Dave Willey entered the picture. A friend of the band suggested that the band try him out. They did, and the magic was back. Dave has been the band’s, steady drummer, ever since.
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