To all our friends and fans

Sorry we’ve been out of touch lately. It’s been a little over a year since our last live show, and way too long since our last Facebook post (we really do hope you had a great Thanksgiving though). Sure, we haven’t been around publicly lately, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been busy. In the last year, we lost a bass player (we wish him all the best because he’s awesome), and have been getting the new guy, Samuel, up to speed on all things old and new.

Which brings us to new. A few months ago, things were tenuous. We’re all getting older. We have houses. We have spouses. We have “real” jobs. Hell, we even have other bands and projects. Despite all of that, we made the decision that we want to stay committed to The Usual Things. We love this band. We love making music with each other, and we love playing it.

In the last few months we’ve recorded 12 of the best songs we’ve written since our last record. We’ve visited a few studios throughout town with Andy Thompson. We’re absolutely thrilled with the songs we’ve got so far. We’ll have more news about our plans for those songs soon.

In the meantime, we’re going to take these songs and start playing them as often and as loudly as we can.

We’ve been booked to play Cities 97’s stage at the Stone Arch Bridge Festival in our home, NE Minneapolis. We can’t wait to see you all!

We know we’ve been absent this past year, and whether you’ve noticed or cared, you can expect to start seeing more of us in months to come. We’ve got a lot of music to play, and lots of ears to make ring.


New show announcements coming soon.



Home Sweet Alone


Middle Coast





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.”