© Kelly Davis
‘I'd listen to the Bunnymen, The Cure, New Order, all that, but I couldn't make it.
I didn't even know where to start. When I heard Blueboy it was 'this is what I do'! It was easier after that. I felt it, and still do’
- John Girgus
Dig into the history of Twee Poppers Aberdeen and celebrate the release of their latest compilation It Was The Rain: Lost Recordings 1993 – 1995.
Aberdeen is an American band who first signed on legendary (and second best indie label of all time) Sarah Records. Though Aberdeen signed on the label in 1993 and Sarah Records stopped in August 1995, they released two singles Byron and Fireworks in that time period, making the band firmly part of the ‘100 greatest pop songs of all time’.
After the label ended Aberdeen continued to record, releasing their debut album Homesick And Happy To Be Here via The Tremolo Arm Users Club. After initial success, it wasn't until 2008 and the release of What Do I Wish For Now, that the band started making ripples in the world of music once more. Another reunion followed in 2011 however as is so often the case, after 20 years, things sometimes just aren't the same.
And so to 2015 and the release of It Was The Rain. John Girgus, co-founder of Aberdeen has been carrying a box of tapes around for quite a while. It was only a matter of time before he would finally reveal the definite sound of Aberdeen. Yes, the coveted first recordings:
But most important of all, each track has been mixed by the man John Girgus himself. So it would not be unfair to consider the release to be one of Aberdeen's finest work to date, certainly in terms of what the music means to the band themselves. Rarely does music capture raw youthfulness quite like It Was The Rain, though it's clear to see that the album came with blood, sweat and tears, for the process of completing a project which started 20 years ago (on a relatively budget production) is by no means an easy affair.
'The whole thing was recorded and mixed in two days on a budget of $300. That became evident after I went back last year and remixed it for the 20th anniversary of the record. It was nice to set the effects right, and get the darker, dreamier sound I had been looking for, but it wasn't easy, and in many ways, the original versions are superior. More importantly, they've held up this long’.
In a way, the compilation marks the end of a story. Aberdeen, though successful in their own right, have had more than their fair share of ups and downs. However, they remain and will always remain in our hearts as one of the original indie bands, and for that reason, It Was The Rain is a true celebration of one of the founding bands of the genre we all love so dearly now.