The Figurants are comprised of songwriter Matt McClure (Red Kitchen) and producer Erik Sahd (Chauchat).  The two originally met in high school in Lancaster, PA.  

Shortly after graduation, McClure and Sahd were hired for a traveling costume-character kids show called “The Dinosaur Legends”.  Together they toured the country with McClure playing Steggy-T (“The Outer Space Dinosaur”) while Sahd played the group’s defacto leader Dino Dude. It was during this time that Sahd taught McClure the basics of playing guitar.

Sahd would start his own solo career and released the solo experimental album “Right Now (You Have Always Been Right Here)” and played drums for many acts around the Lancaster/Philadelphia area.  McClure would live in various cities around the country and play in several bands until forming Red Kitchen which released their first album in 2008 titled “The Second Person”. 

After a 20-plus year absence and inspired by the long-distance recording methods of indie rock band Sparklehorse, McClure and Sahd would exchange the tracks over the internet that would become “Relative Distance”.

Within the year, the Figurants would follow up "Relative Distance" with an accompanying EP "Empty Curses".   Their second full length album "What Your Teeth Do" was released in 2018. 

Matt McClure

Matt McClure