In 2008, Matt Sheehy moved to Aberdeen, Washington, the small coastal logging town best known for being the birthplace of Kurt Cobain.

It was not an unexpected landing place for the musician — Sheehy may be a talented songwriter, but between tours, he’s held down a serious career in the forestry industry for most of his life. Still, it was new to him and incredibly isolated; neither of which were bad things. 

In Aberdeen, Sheehy started a job as a forester and set up shop in a cabin with the hope that he could process the recent death of his mother and lick his wounds from a breakup. He also hoped to write some solo material about his then-tumultuous life and alien surroundings.

Matt Sheehy of Lost Lander

Matt Sheehy of Lost Lander

Courtesy of the artist

Sheehy didn’t finish those songs — at least not back then. Now based in Portland, he has focused mostly on other projects. He was a collaborator with Brent Knopf in the group Ramona Falls, served as a touring member for EL VY, the band fronted by Knopf and Matt Berninger (The National), and currently fronts the electro-pop group Lost Lander. But recently, during a particularly productive patch, Sheehy began revisiting his time in the woods of western Washington. The result is a new Lost Lander album called “Aberdeen” and an accompanying 80-minute-long one-person show that he describes as “part rock concert, part podcast and part ‘The Twilight Zone.’”

The live performance features live-action and animated projections by Stefan Nadelman (Montague of Heck, Zen Diaries of Gary Shandling), and the songs have contributions from a host of talented musicians including Brent Knopf (EL VY, Menomena), Dave Depper (Death Cab For Cutie), Drew Shoals (Train), and Dana Bouy (Akron/Family). You can get a taste of both in the mesmerizing new video for the song “Borderline.”

Upcoming Live Performances

June 14-15, 27-28: Portland, OR @ Disjecta
June 21: Seattle, Wa @ Fred Wildlife Refuge
June 22: Wenatchee, WA @ Radarstation
June 29: Aberdeen, WA @ Driftwood Players
July 28: Los Angeles, CA @ Dynasty Typewriter
Aug. 2: New York, NY @ Public Theater