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Aberdeen City


Genres: Alternative / Indie / Rock

Location: Boston, MA

Stats: 1,262 fans / 81,027 plays / 18 plays today





4 tracks

Members: Brad Parker, Ryan Heller, Rob McCaffrey, Christopher McLaughlin

Fresh out of the studio with Grammy winning producer Steve Lillywhite (U2, Morrissey, Talking Heads) and Nic Hard (Jesse Malin, The Church, The Bravery), Boston quartet Aberdeen City has just re-released their debut record, The Freezing Atlantic. While recurring themes of abandonment, zealotry, and regret might suggest a cold and melancholy affair, The Freezing Atlantic offers surprising warmth and optimism. The politically aware first single God Is Going To Get Sick of Me won a Boston Music Award in 2005 - before it had been commercially released- and The Freezing Atlantic was recently voted Local Album of 2006 by Boston Phoenix readers. The album also won the 2006 Boston Music Award for Local Album of the Year, pairing with the band's win for Local Rock Band of the Year.

Three of the four members grew up in the same Chicago neighborhood, though their paths did not cross until 2001 when they met at a seminar for underachieving child prodigies at a Boston area university. Details of their Midwestern backgrounds are murky and scarce. What is known is that each member, once poised for greatness, has had to overcome tremendous personal failure. Brad Parker (vocals, bass), an aspiring spiritualist, spent much of his adolescent years in a sensory deprivation chamber he built in his parent's attic. Emerging with incredible insights he found difficult to communicate, Brad halted his search for universal truths in order to explore songwriting. Ryan Heller (guitar), business minded beyond his years, declined the opportunity to run his family's snack food empire after losing the patent for the highly anticipated Ket-Chip to a rival Canadian company. Rob McCaffrey (drums) was a successful stage actor until an unfortunate commitment to method acting during a production of the "The Pirates of Penzance" led to his expulsion from middle school. And Christopher McLaughlin (guitar, vocals) gave up what promised to be a successful and lucrative career in physics after a homegrown experiment involving ionized photons blinded the family dog.

The four became fast friends and rented a house in the Aberdeen Architectural Conservation District of Boston. There, they eagerly pursued their collective hobby of writing and recording music. The band's self-produced, self-released We Learned By Watching EP (2003) helped them to build a regional fan-base while reviews unanimously predicted bigger things to come.

In the deep freeze of winter 2005, Aberdeen City retreated to The Ranch, a former country western hangout turned recording studio, with producer Nic Hard to record their debut LP. For three weeks, they obsessed over every lyric, chord and sonic nuance. Delicately balancing distance with intimacy and dynamic tension with beauty; they achieved a sound that is grand without pretense. Textured guitars occasionally yield the melody to the bass (Parker, a classically trained violinist, picked up the instrument recently), while decisive drumbeats evoke a call to arms as often as a call to dance. Parker's delicate lyrics develop carefully and reveal multiple meanings with each listen. Sprinkled with romance and dark wit, "Pretty Pet" offers: I've seen shame on many faces / I've seen it on mine / I've been helped my many people / I've hurt more than you / Sometimes regret makes a great pet / You hit the target, my pet, regret.

The record was released in the fall of 2005 on New York based Dovecote Records. Thanks to positive reviews, a healthy Internet buzz and a strong presence on the CMJ charts, the band played to capacity crowds at the 2005 CMJ Music Marathon and the 2006 South By Southwest Music Festival. They found an early fan in Producer/A&R Columbia Records Steve Lillywhite who approached the band about going back into the studio to work on a few tracks, leading to a deal with Sony's Red Ink label to re-release the album on August 8, 2006. Recent months have found the band touring the US with the likes of Elefant (Kemado/Hollywood) and Sound Team (Capitol). For up to date tour dates, press and more, visit www.aberdeenmusic.com.


  • lies4liars41 said:
    hellow how're you Apr 22
  • castelliL said:
    You remind me of OK Go. They\'re one of my absolute favorite bands. You all are great and you\'ve got a new fan! :D Feb 06
  • Amityville-Kyle said:
    hey, i really like your sound. maybe i could play you in my next podcast. e-mail me a couple mp3\'s, if you are interested. -Kyle Wallace blue216@rogers.com p.s. my music is @ purevolume.com/kylewallace & my podcast link is on there too. Jun 01
  • ammi7890 said:
    THese guys are really good\' Feb 09
  • urejustintime said:
    Add Comment here... Feb 08
  • Amityville-Kyle said:
    Hello, I would love it if you could be a fan of mine. Could you please listen to my music? If you are interested then go to www.purevolume.com/kylewallace -Kyle ps. i\'m liking your sound Feb 01
  • llamaduck said:
    i read your billboard and could not help laughing~i\'d say you\'ve led a pretty interesting life which is why your music is interesting...but poor doggy...lol Dec 29
  • wexfailedxtoxcollide said:
    you guys seriously kick some major butt. i want to see yah guys playyy. Dec 27
  • yummie said:
    you guys rock! interesting story about your background. Dec 23
  • ~keeferangel~ said:
    i love you guys! let\'s fall in love and get married... in one of your songs. haha ~Sammi~ Nov 10
  • THE amazing RANDO said:
    I LIKE YOUR MUSIC!!! Oct 04
  • brittany2 said:
    i love u all and im so glad youre coming to my town im stoked! Oct 04
  • shes playing dead said:
    Great show friday :] It was really fun. btw thanks brad for all the stuff, me and my friend really apprecite it (if you still remember us from then) ahah. Sep 24
  • whatever loser said:
    asdfjkl; you guy rock my world Sep 22
  • rockthearts9 said:
    Wow, you guys are awesome! You have a very good vibe to your stuff. Tis very good. ^^ Sep 10

We Learned By Watching

Nov 30, 1999

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