Matthews made his recording debut in 1994 as one half of the legendary duo Cardinal, with Australian-born singer/songwriter Richard Davies (best known for fronting cult band The Moles). Although internal conflicts forced a split (much to the dismay of their loyal fans), both Davies and Matthews went on to find success in solo careers. Matthews joined with Sub Pop to release two critically acclaimed albums: 'Its Heavy in Here' (1995) and 'Lateness of the Hour' (1997). He has sold thousands of records worldwide, and now, after six long years, Eric Matthews is back with the soon-to-be classic, 'Six Kinds of Passion Looking for an Exit.' "Six" is the number of years that Matthews was left without a record deal or any way to communicate just what was brewing in his head. Music is his medium and without a crowd of anonymous listeners, he was overcome by a kind of isolation that only the great painters and poets of 19th century France could understand. 'Passions Looking for an Exit' has to do with the inner parts of him that needed a way out but had no vehicle. Being history buff, Matthews tried the application of leeches and the drilling of small holes into his skull, but nothing worked. The passions remained encased...until now.
"It is not classic or alternative rock, but classical rock...Eric Matthews is a pop rarity, and he knows it." -- New York Times
"Matthews spares no effort in orchestrating his beautiful constructions, augmenting them with strings, organs, and other 'real' instruments..." -- Entertainment Weekly