Andrew Neil

The Old School Project

"Divide and Conquer starts things off with this grunge- influenced track complete with a psychedelic and haunting riff that has Neil in a philosophical mood.
Merry Go Round is the title track that has similarities to Nirvana’s Nevermind era. Neil shows versatility with his songwriting here, creating hazy riffs. The backing band provide solace to Neil’s undeniable ability to write compelling music.
The album explores other themes and styles that feels like the listener on this emotional journey. I mostly feel impressed with how each track reflects the singer’s emotions throughout different parts of his life. This is something rarely experienced in contemporary music albums today.
I Wish is a gentle ballad stripped back from all musical components that is just a melodic track with Neill Singing from his heart with an acoustic guitar.
Tie Dye Dinosaur is another well-structured track that I feel looks at being an outsider. The catchy chorus will leave you humming for days. I liked how Neil’s voice seemed to mature and sound brighter. The intelligent songwriting is prevalent here an upbeat track replete with the melodic accompaniment of flute that feels like a positive new day.
Overall, I would recommend this album to any audience that enjoys intelligent lyrics, well-structured melodies and a journey through many trials and tribulations that lead to light at the end of the tunnel."

C-ville Weekly

Musical return: Andrew Neil Maternick lets the truth flow on Merry Go Round

oddball magazine -poetry, art, and entertainment for the masses-

"Neil’s studio debut, Merry Go Round, released September 1st, is considerably more accessible. Taking a hard turn away from the acoustic aesthetic he was limited to in Code Purple, he dives right into 90s alternative rock with light doses of grunge for Merry Go Round. Light on the distortion that people so often associate with the genres, this album nevertheless draws heavily on production techniques and composition clichés that are hallmarks of them. The tone of the guitar on “Red” particularly jumped out as archetypal of the genre. However, beneath the solos and the ornamental guitar licks, the essential songwriting (chords and lyrics, essentially) remains quite consistent with the excellence of Code Purple. Exploring some of the same themes of mortality and control as on that first album, Merry Go Round also examines political upheaval and identity. “I Wish” stood out as an exceptionally different track both in terms of music and in terms of content in a way that meshed really well."

Rock The Pigeon Arts and Culture

"Andrew Neil’s ‘Merry Go Round’ is intense, reverberating alt rock with a warm, soulful tone. There’s an authenticity in his voice that can be matched by few. The atmosphere he creates with his vocal presence is bolstered by his patient, understated guitar work. There’s definitely something very bluesy about his music, but especially on this song, there’s a seemingly math rock and shoegaze imbued aesthetic. His riffs are reminiscent of bands like Polvo and Slowdive."

Richmond Times Dispatch

CHARLOTTESVILLE — Andrew Neil Maternick loosens up like the athlete he once was, as his father, Ray, croons “Christmas in the Trenches” for a holiday crowd of more than 20 people snugly seated at The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative.

Andrew, 29, stretches and twists as he prepares to take another public step on a path to recovery he has followed since one dark, fearful night more than four years ago when he stabbed his younger brother, Kyle, in the forearm with a ceramic kitchen knife during a “manic episode and psychosis” at their home near Gordonsville in Louisa County.

He’s become a regular performer at open mic nights here and at other venues in Charlottesville since his conditional release from Western State Hospital in May. He was confined for three years under a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity to charges from the episode on July 7, 2013.

“In a lot of ways, I kind of put myself back together,” Andrew told the audience before performing a mesmerizing rendition of his song “Put Me Back Together,” the last of three songs he would sing that night.  (Click on the link to read the entire article)

The Central Virginian

Andrew had been one of the top lacrosse goaltenders in Virginia at Fairfax’s Hayfield Secondary School, Ray said, and was recruited to play on college teams. A sports injury, along with the 2009 accident, put an end to that phase of his life. In its place, Andrew began writing songs about his state of mind.

One of the first tracks he sent to Ray was “Headed to Mars,” which includes these lines:

They say I am out of my mind

I just think I’m out of place at this time

You don’t know what you have until it’s gone

Now all you have is this bloody song

Consider me gone

I’m headed to Mars

Richmond Times Dispatch

ORANGE — Andrew Neil Maternick has spent most of the past 7½ months in a cell, 23 hours a day, in the Central Virginia Regional Jail.

He had stabbed his younger brother, Kyle, in the arm with a kitchen knife one Sunday night in July because he thought the brother was an imposter wearing a metal suit and would not bleed.

When a Louisa County sheriff’s deputy arrived at the family’s home in Gordonsville and tried to handcuff him, Maternick pulled away and allegedly tried to hit him, resulting in charges of resisting arrest and assaulting an officer, in addition to a felony charge of malicious wounding.

Maternick, 25, has been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder bipolar type, but his only treatment, other than a brief detention at a hospital in Petersburg and a 3½-week stay at Western State Hospital last fall, has been the medication the jail and his mother provide, and an occasional talk with a psychologist who visits the jail weekly.  (Click the Link to read the entire article)