Local band Aaronson have been nominated for Best Album at this month’s Cardiff Music Awards for their debut, Appearance and Reality. Their brand of instrumental post punk takes influence from the likes of New Order, Explosions in the Sky and Bauhaus to create a unique sound.
The band was formed in 2014 by guitarist Mark Creese and bassist Daniel Duddridge from the ashes of a previous band. Both had kept themselves busy writing material independently, but it was when they got together to play their ideas that the realisation they may have something different dawned on them. Mark explains, “Both of us had been trying new styles of playing our instruments and when we put them together, we had so many sections that fitted perfectly, it was quite overwhelming what to do with everything. We knew we had to get our stuff out there”.
After adding Nick Sweetland on drums, the band began to build their reputation as a must-see live act, playing regularly across South Wales and Bristol, with The Album Wall blog voting them one of the best bands of HUB Festival Cardiff and The Western Mail’s Dave Owens becoming “quite taken” when coming to see them play.
This following allowed the band to record their debut album with Manic Street Preachers’ producer Loz Williams at their Cardiff studio, as Dan explains:
“We worked through each track methodically, playing live and due to thorough preparations were able to lay down all the songs in two days. The songs sounded great. Loz had retained our ‘edgy’ live sound”.
The album has been described as “fully captivating of the senses” (Dirty Legs Fanzine) and “post cinematic and ambient” (Buzz Magazine) and was released online and physically in Spillers Records on a strictly limited number of CD copies. This followed an album launch at Gwdihw, Cardiff in October 2016.
The band will be playing shows throughout 2017 in promotion of the album, whilst writing and rehearsing from their practice space in the Vale.
Voting for Best Album at the Cardiff Music Awards is open until the 30th March: www.cardiffmusicawards.co.uk
Hear the album: https://open.spotify.com/album/1U8Dmu84dAzEjpbz7DSxVY
Buy the album: https://itun.es/gb/5ol0eb