Aberdeen City (band)

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Aberdeen City
OriginBrighton, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
GenresAlternative rock
Indie pop
Years active2001–2009
LabelsDovecote Records
MembersRyan Heller
Chris McLaughlin
Rob McCaffrey
Brad Parker

Aberdeen City was a Boston-based indie/alternative rock band. The members of the band were: Ryan Heller (guitar), Chris McLaughlin (guitar and vocals), Rob McCaffrey (drums), and Brad Parker (bass and vocals). They formed at Boston College, though McCaffrey, Heller and Parker all grew up in the same Chicago neighborhood.[1]

Their album, The Freezing Atlantic (Dovecote/Red Ink), was voted the number one new album by the WFNX Boston Phoenix Best Music Poll 2006. The album also won Local Album of the Year at the 2006 Boston Music Awards, pairing with the bands win for Best Local Rock Act. The band's first single, "God is Going To Get Sick of Me" took home the "Local Song of the Year" award the previous year before the album had been nationally released. Their moody debut LP was produced by Nic Hard (The Church, The Bravery) and Steve Lillywhite (U2, Morrissey, Talking Heads). The band toured nationally with Electric Six, The Go! Team, Rasputina, We Are Scientists, Elefant, British Sea Power, The Hold Steady and more. The band was dropped from their recording contract with Sony after their tour.[2]

The band took a break from writing their follow up to The Freezing Atlantic to collaborate on a handful of songs with Amanda Palmer (The Dresden Dolls). The five-some played three sold out shows (Boston, Hoboken, NYC) and had plans to record some of the material in the fall of 2007, though this has not been released to date.

There were rumors in 2008 that the band was close to dissolving and Ryan Heller left the band in June 2008 to go to grad school in New York.[3] Though the band never released a formal public statement declaring the end of their band, their official website has not been updated since 2009.




  1. ^ Newman, Paige (December 1, 2005). "Once more, with even more intensity, boys". MSNBC. Retrieved July 14, 2012.
  2. ^ Shaer, Matthew (December 2009). "The Temple of Tune : 1867 Recording Studio: Boston Recording Studios : Chris McLaughlin". Boston Magazine. Retrieved July 14, 2012.
  3. ^ Anderman, Joan (June 28, 2008). "Hold Steady accentuates the positive". The Boston Globe. Retrieved July 14, 2012.

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