Life has been an incredibly harrowing journey for Maryland-based singer/songwriter Reid Schoenfelder (show-in-feld-er). A childhood filled with chaos and uncertainly gave away to an adulthood gripped in a struggle of mental illness and a constant search for self-identity. His latest album “Here it Comes”, is a collection of variations on the title, the sense of foreboding when difficultly rears its ugly head and (hopefully) finding the strength it takes to overcome. “Here it Comes” is due out on May 12th, 2017.
Schoenfelder’s music career launched in 1989 as the lead singer and guitarist for the Baltimore-based band “The Wanting Seed” after a six year stint in the Naval Reserves. Between gigs, he worked as a bartender and tried to piece together whatever living whatever way he could. The next fifteen years saw two divorces, the dissolution of multiple bands, and a life changing diagnosis of bipolar disorder. This time, just as his childhood, was fertile for daydreaming as an escape and songwriting as the physical manifestation of a desire to be anywhere but here.
Although many of Schoenfelder’s lyrics are distinctly autobiographical, the compositional aspect of his music is as familiar as an old friend and ring true with his alt rock roots. “I really like writing songs that people feel instantly familiar with,” states Schoenfelder, “I really aim to make songs that people can’t get out of their head.” And the songs on “Here it Comes” do just that. Lush vocal harmonies meet relentless guitar hooks and candid words that forge an amalgamation of power pop that could easily draw comparisons to Ryan Adams, Pete Yorn, or Matthew Sweet.
2017 holds a lot in store for Reid Schoenfelder. With the upcoming release of his new album, Schoenfelder is assembling a new band and preparing to start another chapter in his life. When asked how the events of his past have influenced him, Schoenfelder muses: “Through the years, it seems life tends to be a battle between what is supposed to be and pure passion. It’s not a matter of wasted time, it’s a matter of now is the time.