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WONDERFUL DIVING HORSES were formed in Vancouver, British Columbia in 2009.In over six years of playing in that city the band built up a strong local following. Their 2012 self titled e.p. was made Disc Of The Week by Vancouver daily newspaper The Province, comparing the band favourably to The Byrds. Later, the disc was listed among the paper’s best British Columbia releases of the Year. One reviewer described the band as “the missing link between the dB’s and The Long Ryders”. Also in 2012 the band played NXNE in Toronto and were featured by Toronto alternative weekly NOW Magazine as one of the 20 Reasons that year’s festival would be the best yet. In 2013 the band travelled to Portland, Oregon to record with producer Pat Kearns (Blue Skies For Black Hearts, The Exploding Hearts) in sessions that included having the Decemberists’ Jenny Conlee contribute accordion and keyboards to two songs. The band ended in 2014 when main songwriter and lead singer/guitarist MARK GOLDBERG informed the band of his imminent move to the Portland area. 

Now, in 2019, Goldberg has put together a new Portland area based version of WONDERFUL DIVING HORSES. Featuring MIKE TATRO on lead guitar and vocals, LUKE BATE on drums and KEITH LEONARD on bass, the new version of the band hopes to bring the same mix of power pop, indie guitar rock and Americana that the Canadian version of the band brought to the Vancouver club scene. 

MARK GOLDBERG has played in a number of bands and served as songwriter/lead singer for over three decades, going back to Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1982 when he fronted a rockabilly band called The Lucky Strikes. After disbanding that group he formed High Noon. This group mixed country, folk and rockabilly influences with jangly power pop, the songs all written by Goldberg. During the bands time together they opened for The Hoodoo Gurus and Billy Bragg (even serving as his backup band during the encore), and shared bills with notable Toronto bands including Blue Rodeo, Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet and Handsome Ned. In the years since High Noon’s split in 1986 Goldberg played live as a sideman on guitar for acts like Betty Moon, or in the studio with people like Allen Baekeland (Lost & Profound). In the late 90’s with friends Terry Carter (The Reaction, High Noon) and Alan Murrell (Kinetic Ideals/First Man Over), Goldberg fronted the post-punk/post-rock influenced Manray Sound System. It wasn’t until moving to Vancouver, BC from Calgary, Alberta in 2007 and forming WONDERFUL DIVING HORSES that he returned to the mix of roots rock and jangly indie rock, fronting a band, and playing publicly on a regular basis.

MIKE TATRO, WDH’s lead guitarist and provider of vocal harmonies, has roots going back to his southern California origins. His late 90’s band, Shuffledown, achieved local notoriety playing at the famed Linda’s Doll Hut in Orange County. Later, he moved to the Portland area and played in a variety of bands including surf rock bands the Del-Rods and the Verbtones (as a bass player), the psychedelic bands Astral Highway and Round Trip, and more recently as lead guitarist of the Rogue River Band before leaving that band to focus on his role in Wonderful Diving Horses.

Bassist KEITH LEONARD’s roots go back to Flint, Michigan where he played with The Immaculate Love Carrots and The Need. Then it was off to Colorado where he played in the Grand Junction based No Outlet. More recently he  moved to the Portland area playing with The Casually Acclaimed. He’s kept touch with his Michigan roots by contributing via long distance to the recording projects The Happy Curmudgeons and Awaking Abigail.

Meanwhile, as for the drummer, we wait with…ahem..BATEd breath for LUKE’s bio information.

 

CONTACT:     wonderfuldivinghorses@gmail.com

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