American Aquarium (from the album Things Change available on New West Records)
Over the kind of rock’n’roll rhythm that pulls you in, American Aquarium introduce you to a kid born to a Southern Baptist deacon dad. As a teenager the boy never bought into the good book hate though he heard is calling clearly in the sound of an electric guitar, trading in his youth for ‘three chords and the truth’ in “Crooked+Straight”. The lesson is Things Change, the titled theme for the recent release from American Aquarium. Songwriter/frontman BJ Barham crafts tunes that stand in a present moment clearly seeing the pitfalls of the past and how they affect the future. Emotions are captured live and still raw on Things Change as the title track admits defeat in order to start the winning cycle. American Aquarium ride a love roller coaster through memories both good and bad in “Shadows of You”, carve best friends forever into a song with “Til the Final Curtain Calls”, and hammer down a beat for the “Tough Folks” who make the best of what they can grab out from life.
Recorded in Tulsa, Oklahoma and produced by John Fullbright, Things Change welcomes local musician John Moreland and Jamie Lin Wilson (solo, The Trishas), the album offering a thank you to the state in the cut “Work Conquers All”. New members fill in the ranks of American Aquarium with Nashville’s Adam Kurtz joining the band on pedal steel alongside Texans Shane Boeker (lead guitar), Joey Bybee (drums), and Ben Hussey (bass). Former band members of American Aquarium who were with the band from 2006 beginnings are tribute in “When We Were Younger Men”. Adding to the own journey as bandmate, BJ Barham personalizes his path into sobriety (“One Day at a Time”), as an angry American citizen ( “The World is on Fire”), and sends a thank you to a best friend who stood by side in tough times (“I Gave Up on Drinking (Before She Gave Up on Me)”.
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