Matilda Catches Fire: 'Ferris Wheel' When Matilda Catches Fire finally decided to "get serious about this music business," Ed Thanhouser and Davy Vonschlegell collaborated with friends Seth Norman and Bryan Rudd to create tight, catchy indie-pop. The Portland, Ore. band produced their self-titled debut on a shoestring.
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Matilda Catches Fire: 'Ferris Wheel'

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Matilda Catches Fire: 'Ferris Wheel'

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Portland, Ore. band Matilda Catches Fire formed after the members "getting serious about this music business." Just as guitarist and singer Ed Thanhouser was on the verge of sojouring solo into lonely open mic nights in an attempt to make sense of music he received a call from long-time friend Davy Vonschlegell, asking him about starting a band.

Matilda Catches Fire is (L - R) Bryon Rudd, Ed Thanhouser, Davy Vonschlegell (Seth Norman not pictured) hide caption

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Matilda Catches Fire is (L - R) Bryon Rudd, Ed Thanhouser, Davy Vonschlegell (Seth Norman not pictured)

Vonschlegell and Thanhouser met up a few months later to make sense of the hundreds of short, fragmented recordings that Vonschlegell had assembled. After refining their ideas, the two joined with drummer Seth Norman and bassist Bryan Rudd and began playing at any open mic night they could find under any unfortunate moniker that came to mind.

Eventually the band landed regular gigs playing in local bars as Matilda Catches Fire and set off to start recording their songs. Working on a shoestring budget, Matilda Catches Fire relied heavily on the help of friends and family to put out this entirely independent, self-produced EP.

The featured track on Matilda Catches Fire's self-titled EP is "Ferris Wheel."