About Eagle Ex Machina
Eagle Ex Machina is an alternative rock band based out of Vancouver, BC. The band was founded by multi-instrumentalist/singer-songwriter Matt Cook-Contois as a vehicle to combine a love of rock music and a traditional fiddle upbringing. The debut album of Eagle Ex Machina features an aggressive approach to song writing, guitar and violin proficiency, and a diverse set of influences to create a unique sonic signature.
The musical journey of Matt Cook-Contois started on his traditional territory of Misipawistik Cree Nation through the Frontier Fiddling Program. A combination of classroom learning, the tutelage of his musician Grandfather, and years of practice culminated in back-to-back finals appearances at the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Championship.
Matt then relocated to Vancouver and set his focus on performing and becoming a sessional recording artist. He got his introduction to the Vancouver music scene by joining the Clay Ravens, a local indie rock band. He also joined The Sheets, a talented cover band which holds a residency at the legendary Blarney Stone in Gastown. These musical projects allowed Matt to further hone his skills as a performer, songwriter, and singer.
Eagle Ex Machina was created in 2020 to capture the musical identity Matt developed throughout his career. The soundscape of Eagle Ex Machina pay homage and draws on influences such as the Foo Fighters & City and Colour while incorporating a modern approach to Canadian Fiddling.