American Aquarium tour Europe in March: tourdates on sale today16-12-2016
For nearly a decade, American Aquarium have spent the majority of their days on the road, burning through a sprawl of highways during the day and playing hours of raw, rootsy rock & roll at night. Sometimes, the job is a grind. Most times, it's a blessing. American Aquarium's songs, filled with biographical lyrics about last calls, lost love and long horizons, have always explored both sides of that divide. For every drunken night at the bar, there's a hangover in the morning. For every new relationship, there's the chance of a broken heart. It's that kind of honesty — that sort of balance — that makes the band's newest studio album, Wolves, their strongest release to date.
And it nearly didn't happen. When American Aquarium traveled to Muscle Shoals to record Burn.Flicker.Die. in 2012, they were convinced the album would be their last. Even though they had enlisted the help of award-winning singer-songwriter Jason Isbell to produce the sessions, they were exhausted; weathered and whittled to the bone by more than a half-decade of heavy partying and heavier touring. To a small group of diehard fans, they were absolute rockstars… but being rockstars to a cult audience doesn't always put food on your table or gas in your tank. BJ Barham, the band's frontman, was so poor that he'd been living out of a storage unit for months, unable to afford an apartment in the band's hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina.
Clearly, something had to give. Maybe it was time to make one final album — an album about failure, desperation and disillusionment — and then throw in the towel.
As fate would have it, Burn.Flicker.Die. eventually proved itself to be the band’s most successful release to date. Critics loved it. Fans rallied behind it. Fast forward 2 years and almost 500 shows later, the band has travelled the world, quadrupled their fan base and reinvented their passion for the road. When the time came to record another album in June 2014, it only made sense to do something that celebrated survival rather than failure.
The result? Wolves, which Barham describes as "the sound of a band firing on all cylinders". Produced by Megafaun's Brad Cook and recorded during a 20-day stay at Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, NC, Wolves was funded entirely by American Aquarium’s diehard fanbase.
With Wolves, and the recently released live album Live At Terminal West American Aquarium proves to be bigger and better. We're happy to announce their European tour next March today!
03-03-2017: Krefeld (DE) @ Kulturrampe
04-03-2017: Lauchhammer (DE) @ Real Music Club
05-03-2017: Norderstedt (DE) @ Music Star
07-03-2017: Stockholm (SE) @ Southside Cavern
08-03-2017: Kristianstad (SWE) @ Kulturkvarteret
09-03-2017: Falkenberg (SWE) @ Tryckhallen
10-03-2017: Oslo (NO) @ Gamla
11-03-2017: Hoganas (SWE) @ Garage Bar
12-03-2017: Malmö (SWE) @ Folk å Rock
14-03-2017: Leiden (NL) @ Q-Bus
15-03-2017: Groningen (NL) @ De Spieghel
16-03-2017: Amsterdam (NL) @ Sugar Factory
17-03-2017: Arnhem (NL) @ Luxor Live
18-03-2017: Den Bosch (NL) @ Poppodium W2
19-03-2017: Venlo (NL) @ Grenswerk
21-03-2017: Manchester (UK) @ Night & Day
22-03-2017: London (UK) @ The Borderline
23-03-2017: Nottingham (UK) @ Glee Club
24-03-2017: Oxford (UK) @ The Bullingdon
25-03-2017: Newcastle (UK) @ The Cluny
26-03-2017: Edinburgh (UK) @ Voodoo Rooms