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Music Review: Aberdeen City – The Freezing Atlantic

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When Brad Parker was a kid, he built a sensory deprivation tank in his parent’s attic and spent a week inside emerging with “incredible insights.”

With that in mind, it’s probably not surprising that the singer and guitar playing founder of Aberdeen City creates — shall we say moody — music. What is surprising is that when Parker teamed with his personality polar opposite, drummer Rob McCaffrey, the band they created produces one of the best indy sounds from an American band in many years, complete with chilly guitar riffs and emotive vocals.

No wonder Grammy Award winning producer Steve Lillywhite (The Pogues, U2,) joined Parker, McCaffrey and their bandmates (Ryan Heller and Chris McLaughlin) for two tracks on their new album The Freezing Atlantic.

Okay, now wait – don’t turn away just like that. One listen to the music of Aberdeen City puts them far away from the over-produced, corporate bands usually associated with the award shows and more in line with The Pogues. These guys are gritty, no-holds-barred indy pioneers which Alternative Press dubbed “what it would sound like if the Strokes and Interpol had a love child.”

When U2 was first making their name in the 1980s, everyone in the U.S. had to wait years for them to come across the pond. By the time they arrived, their popularity was so high they immediately sold out semi-large arenas.

Here’s your chance to get in on the ground floor and “discover” a soon-to-be-big-time band before everyone else. Those who bought the early work of U2, REM and INXS as they worked their way up the musical food chain can guarantee it’s an experience you don’t want to miss. Go for it.

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  • In my humble opinion, The Freezing Atlantic is the album of the year.