Snailhouse is an ongoing collection of songs by Mike Feuerstack. Obscuring the distinction between a singer-songwriter and a rock band, Snailhouse is always a labour of love. Over the course of three albums, an EP and a host of 7-inches and compilations, Snailhouse has garnered a very loyal following in the underground music world – enough to get him his own tribute record, even (on Sappy Records).
Snailhouse has attracted collaborators as diverse and renowned as Julie Doiron, Dave Draves, Aaron Booth, and members of Arcade Fire, Bell Orchestre, Maritime, and The Acorn. Feuerstack is also a founding member of the Wooden Stars, who besides offering four of their own acclaimed full length CDs since the mid-nineties, were awarded a Juno for best alternative album for their collaboration with Julie Doiron (curiously titled Julie Doiron and the Wooden Stars).
Fans of Snailhouse have come to expect many things - unique song-craft, stunning musicianship, and a lyrical prowess that is deceptive in its simplicity. From the bare acoustic recordings of 1994's Fine to the grandiose pop experiments of The Opposite is Also True (2001) to the subtle, skewed soul of The Silence Show (2005), Snailhouse takes genres both new and old and weaves them into something that can never be listened to the same way twice.
Lies on the Prize, his latest offering of gently enthusiastic pop songs, was produced by Jeremy Gara (Arcade Fire).
Mike Feuerstack lives in Montreal.