Andrew Neil Maternick

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Andrew Neil Maternick (born August 9, 1988) also known as "Andrew Neil", is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and poet who is a rising figure in outsider [1] and lo-fi,[2] music scenes. Most of his work consists of self recordings he recorded alone in his home and at Western State Hospital while he was a patient there from 2014 – 30 Apr 2017. His music is often cited for its authenticity and an almost childlike, yet uncompromising lyrical approach.

Maternick has spent extended periods of his adult life in psychiatric institutions and has been diagnosed with Schizoaffective Disorder and Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). He has gathered a small, but significant following by posting his music on various music sites such as Reverbnation and soundcloud. He would also pass out CD’s of his music to random strangers.

In July 2013, he stabbed his younger brother in the arm during a psychotic episode. He was found Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity (NGRI) and committed to a State Hospital in Virginia.[3] While a patient at Western State Hospital, he wrote and self-recorded nearly 70 songs in the confines of his room. Upon conditional release from the hospital, he and his father decided to select a number of those songs and produce an album called "Code Purple - Andrew Neil".[4] This Album "Code Purple - Andrew Neil" is the only record album ever produced in which all the songs were written and recorded in a State Mental Hospital.

Andrew Neil released his first studio album, "Merry Go Round" on 1 September 2018. The album was produced by songwriter and music producer Andy Waldeck,[5]a founding member of the late 1990s Alternative Rock band Earth to Andy and who has collaborated in songwriting endeavors with Robert DeLeo and Chris Daughtry. Notably "Merry Go Round" features drummer Nathan Brown, a founding member of the 1990s Alternative Rock band Everything (band), best known for their 1998 hit "Hooch". The title track to "Merry Go Round" has been described as having "a seemingly math rock and shoegaze imbued aesthetic. His riffs are reminiscent of bands like Polvo and Slowdive.[6]The album reached #59[7] on the unweighted College Radio Charts and #134 [8] on the weighted College Radio Charts. The album remained on the College Radio Charts from November 2018 through mid January 2019.


Discography[edit]

  • Andrew Neil Live at Para Coffee (Andrew Neil Music Group, 2012)[9]
  • Code Purple - Andrew Neil (Tree Heart Records, 10 October 2017)[10]
  • Merry Go Round (Tree Heart Records, 1 September 2018)[11]


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