Say hello to Aaron West. This is the story of the worst year of his life.
The Wonder Years' Dan Campbell has announced he's started his own solo project called Aaron West And The Roaring Twenties, and will release their debut album 'We Don't Have Each Other' through Hopeless Records on July 08.
A concept album of sorts produced by The Early November's Ace Enders, Campbell explains that the Aaron West... project is his chance to write in the third person and create characters with his music, as opposed to just singing about his own life and experiences, as he does with The Wonder Years:
“I had been thinking a lot over the past year about records like “All Hail West Texas” and “Reunion Tour” where The Mountain Goats and The Weakerthans were able to make me fall in love with the people in their songs,” explains Campbell. “They created such real, whole characters that I found myself invested in their lives and their stories. I then realized that almost every book, every movie, every show that I really love is fiction and that it doesn’t at all effect how deeply I care for the characters.”
“Everything I had ever written lyrically up to this point had been non-fiction. I wanted to push myself to get those same emotions out of a character piece, to make a piece of fiction feel just as raw and personal as songs about my life, and so I created a man named Aaron and I set out to truly understand him. I wanted to know where his parents were from and what God he grew up knowing. I wanted to know what football team breaks his heart every December and if he has it in him to give up smoking. I wanted to know how he got here. I wanted to know how he handled tragedy.”
Get a taste of what to expect in the introduction video above.
'We Don't Have Each Other' tracklisting:
1. Our Apartment
3. St. Joe Keeps Us Safe
4. Runnin' Scared
5. Divorce and the American South
6. The Thunderbird Inn
7. Get Me Out Of Here Alive
8. You Ain't No Saint
9. Carolina Coast
10. Going to Georgia by The Mountain Goats
If you're lucky enough to be hitting up Vans Warped Tour this summer, Aaron West And The Roaring Twenties will make appearances on the following dates:
06 - HOLMDEL, NJ PNC Bank Arts Concert Center
08 - NEW YORK, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Centre
09 - SCRANTON, PA Toyota Pavilion
10 - MANSFIELD, MAN Xfinity Center
11 - CAMDEN, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center