Aberdeen City

Aberdeen City


Boston's Aberdeen City relies on strong melodies, quirty hooks and layered guitars to deliver their dymanic, often moody pop songs.


Aberdeen City f: 2001.

Aberdeen City is a Boston-based four-piece rock band that does not sound like post-grunge. They are four people obsessed with music, each in their own way. The result is a band that feels music as intensely as they think about it, crafting songs of an introspective, emotional nature.

Brad (vocals, bass) is a songwriter and a record store clerk with an encyclopedic knowledge of pop music history. If you need to get from the Smiths to Pavement in less than five moves, he is your man. Chris (guitars, synths, end of the world noise) is a producer, a sound engineer and a gear junkie. His attention to detail/tone endlessly shapes the sound of the band. Ryan (guitars, keyboards) is a film buff with an unfulfilled passion for the drums. Largely responsible for the band's unconventional rhythms and song structures, he prefers the big picture.
Rob (6'3", 250 lbs, drums) is a metrical monster with an unfulfilled passion for large-scale demolition work. When not busting through skins, he can be found selling oversized drums and gongs at the local drum shop.

In 2001, when they started out, Aberdeen City carried lots of gear to make their point. Sometimes the overall effect was a bit medicated and their
arms grew tired. The further they traveled, the less gear they took with them. And as the band became more comfortable with just guitars, bass and drums (and the occasional synth), their sound began to change.

In the winter of 2002-3, they holed themselves up in a house in southern Connecticut to self-record and produce some songs. The result was their We Learned By Watching EP (Self-Released 2003), which introduced them as a confident, self-reliant band that could make interesting music for everyone by themselves. From the moody swagger of 'Final Bout' to the dark, spongy pop of 'Popular Music', their dense, ambitious pop songs began to catch people's ears. The UK's Drowned In Sound called the record
"quite simply one of the most inspired collections of songs I've heard this year, and if it were a general release would be lauded as one of the debuts of 2003".

Following the EP's release in late 2003, the rooms got bigger and more full. In recent months, Aberdeen City has shared the stage with bands like The Frames, Ours, Clem Snide, British Sea Power, Stellastarr*, The
Walkmen and Kaito UK and has regularly played rooms such as the Mercury Lounge, The Bowery Ballroom (NYC), Schubas Tavern (Chicago) and The
Paradise (Boston).

In 2004, the band continues to use their streamlined set up to disguise pop songs. They are currently playing lots of shows and working with producer Nic Hard (The Church, Jesse Malin, The Bravery) on their debut LP to be released on Dovecote Records in 2005.


We Learned By Watching [EP] (2003)
Bright [EP] (2002)