A Couple Strangers is a four-piece all-original modern rock band out of Syracuse NY. The group emerged from an earlier project, Electric Heat, a musical effort focused on the singing and songwriting talents of Matthew MacDuffie and Amber (Pyke) MacDuffie. In 2008 after the duet decided to test their material “plugged in” to create a more commanding sound. They recruited longtime friend and unrivaled drummer, Jason Helinger to join them. Playing with Jason in the past, Matt knew his capabilities and identified his talents as the right fit to help shape and distinguish their latest musical endeavor.
The three played with a few guest guitarists in pursuit of a good mix that would round out their sound while they searched for a bassist. In 2009, they approached another longtime friend and fellow guitarist, Sheldon Higby, and asked him if he would play the bass. Sheldon picked up the bass and Couple of Strangers was complete. The fit was not too much of a surprise as Sheldon and Matt have played together on and off in different bands since Junior High.
A Couple Strangers mission has been to create and perform music that is Vivid & Alive in an effort to revive the suffocating masses that have fallen victim to the monotony of most music today. The resulting sound is a collision of Angst, Love and Hope that will inspire and stir