Proudly from Minneapolis, MN, The Usual Things mix power pop melodies with midwestern story telling. Singer/songwriter Aaron Shekey references his own experiences with relatable ambiguity; tales that push the simple, upbeat melodies of the band into darker territory.
Their influences range from the story telling of Drive-By Truckers, to the guitar-based melodies of early Radiohead, to the straight-forward rock fervor of the Foo Fighters. “It’s a Shame About Ray” by the Lemonheads rarely leaves their van’s CD player.
Their latest album, “Home Sweet Alone” explores the consequences of a failed 10-year relationship that could only be described as the quintessential, All-American highschool sweetheartdom.
“It's more of a breaking up record. A break-up record implies that everyone’s moved on,” says Shekey. He continues, “It’s dark, brutally honest, and all kinds of sad. I’ve never been more proud of a record.”
While it highlights the autobiographic side of a maturing band, Home Sweet Alone doesn’t lose its hooks or its bravado. At once it drifts between acoustic interludes and full-on telecaster thunder… a turning point in both the band’s musicianship and lyrical content. Home Sweet Alone is a cohesive, measured effort.
“Everything’s out in the open on this one. My fear is it’ll be hard for me, personally, to listen to it in a few years’ time… but this record absolutely had to be made. It's the best work we’ve done.”