singer-songwriter and guitarist
Matthew Stephen Ward (born October 4, 1973), known by his stage name M. Ward, is a singer-songwriter and guitarist who rose to prominence in the Portland, Oregon music scene. He also works with Zooey Deschanel as the group She & Him.
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- I had the naive, simplistic idea that producers and writers and artists of the time helped in a minuscule way to change the mind-set of America.
- On his album Post-War and the postwar music of the late 1940s and 50s, as quoted in Vanity Fair (August 2006)
- The songwriting style, to me, is superior... there was a certain amount of joy in it, no matter how sad the song is. You get joy in listening to these Buddy Holly or Roy Orbison sad lyrics. I'm attracted to songs that have balance between the darks and the lights and giving them all equal opportunity.
- On songwriting styles of the post-World War II era, in an interview with Bob Boilen on All Songs Considered (17 November 2006) (NPR)
- I treat the act of making a record very much like working in a laboratory, experimenting with sounds and ideas... Whoever chooses to latch onto it, great; whoever doesn't, that's fine, too. The reaction always pales in comparison to the weight of the act of production.
- When you're absolute beginners,
It's a panoramic view,
From Her Majesty, Mt. Zion,
And the Kingdom is for you.
- "For Beginners"
- M. Ward's homepage
- M. Ward official Myspace page
- M. Ward official Facebook page
- Future Farmer infopage
- Matador Records infopage
- Merge Records infopage
- Review of "Post War" on Subculture Magazine
- Lazy-i Interview: July 2003
- Trouser Press entry
- Prefixmag.com Interview: October 2006
- M. Ward Concerts & Interviews at NPR Music
- Guitars Played By M. Ward at Fretbase
- Phrequency.com Photos/Review: February 2009
- M. Ward article (March 2009)
- AV Club interview
- In Music We Trust interview
- Vanity Fair article
- Monsters of Folk Myspace page
- Official She & Him site