- Matthew Caws
Background information Born
August 5, 1967
New York City, USA
Instruments Vocals, Guitar Years active 1985 - Present Labels Barsuk Records
Heavenly Records (UK)
City Slang Records (UK)
Website Official website
Matthew Caws' parents, both university professors, took sabbaticals in France—in Paris, and in the Vaucluse in Provence—which helped Matthew develop early skills in French. When the family returned to New York, his parents sent him to le Lycée Français de New York. There he joined The Cost of Living (in 1982 or 1983), a band formed by a teacher, Patrick Thouron, and a few students, including Daniel Lorca, Stéphane Dehais, and Fabrice Griffoulière-Frère, initiating a long friendship and a promising collaboration.
The Cost of Living split up in 1990, after having released two records, played in venues such as the CBGB, and even having a video played on MTV, but Matthew and Daniel joined another band, Because Because Because, with two other musicians. This enterprise was short-lived and they soon split up, despite the recording of a demo, unreleased to this day, for the label Stickboy, which would later release Nada Surf's first single (7"), "The Plan/Telescope", in 1994.
Hilary, Matthew's elder sister, was a DJ for a campus radio. She helped develop and influence her younger brother's musical tastes, lending him records from her impressive collection and cassette tapes of her show. Matthew joined the project initiated by Hilary and her partner Jonathan, The Silly Pillows, for a few collaborations.
He was also writing and editing for Guitar World, interviewing, among others, Oasis and Mick Jones. His parents divorced and his father remarried to Nancy Breslin and is now residing in Washington DC teaching for The George Washington University. His mother remarried, with Dr. Boyce Bennett; they live in New York City.
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