(a band that just released its debut album, If It’s Real, back in March, 2013) and the acclaimed country outfit One Hundred Dollars. No matter which name she is performing under, two strengths of Schmidt’s that immediately arrest you are that voice – awesome and haunting, strong as oak but sanded with sublime vulnerability – and the palpable Dust
Bowl-thick instrumental air that fleshes out the mood of every song.
Each is so commanding that it’s a testament to her gifts for bleak, poetic firepower and sure-handed nuance that neither crumbles under the magnitude of the other.”
- Justin Wesley, No Depression
For almost a decade, Simone Schmidt has been writing new life into and around folk, country, and rock songs. Critically outspoken of contemporary society and largely evading the branding of the music industry proper by working under several aliases, Schmidt has several times been named one of Canada's best songwriters. Anyone who has seen her perform remembers her distinctly either from her tenure as the front person and songwriter for celebrated country act One Hundred Dollars (2007-11) or psych rock unit The Highest Order (2011-ongoing), or from her ever changing solo work as Fiver (2012 - on). Schmidt has five LP's to her writing credit, collaborations with artists as wide ranging as hardcore punk phenomenon Fucked Up, to the inimitable USGirls, and Old Time and Bluegrass veteran Chris Coole. Schmidt has produced original works for film (World Famous Gopher Hole Museum, Land of Destiny) and appears as a guest vocalist a number of records, including Doug Paisley, Tasseomancy and The Wooden Sky.
photo by Jeff Bierk