Routine Maintenance, the new album from Aaron West and The Roaring Twenties, out now
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Happy release day to the incredible new album from Aaron West and The Roaring Twenties, Routine Maintenance!
Aaron West and The Roaring Twenties is as much a band as it is a story. The band plays Americana, sometimes with 6 or 8 or 10 people –– a horn section, banjo, lap steel, strings and more –– and sometimes as one man with an acoustic guitar and his voice. The story follows a man named Aaron who, after a series of devastating losses, wanders the country looking for purpose, direction, and redemption.
Both are the creation of Dan Campbell, best known as the vocalist of Philadelphia band, The Wonder Years. Formed in 2013, Campbell has continuously added layer after layer to the Aaron West universe, ensuring that every show and milestone is factored into the bigger picture and creating a story so meticulously crafted that it's easy to forget it's a story at all.
Major life changes for the multi-faceted young artist may have had something to do with that. Just last year, after over a decade, The Wonder Years celebrated their biggest record yet with the transformative Sister Cities, garnering billboards high atop the Philly skyline and unprecedented high critical praise from the likes of Pitchfork, NPR Music, Billboard and more. Plus, Campbell recently became a first-time father, giving him a new perspective on life that has undoubtedly affected Aaron’s journey across Routine Maintenance.
The music of Aaron West and The Roaring Twenties is firmly rooted in rock and roll, with fragmented pieces of punk and country and troubadour-style singer-songwriter music throughout. Dan draws as much influence from Bruce Springsteen and Joni Mitchell as he does Rilo Kiley and The Weakerthans. Some nights, it's somber and intimate. Other nights, it's loud, bombastic and joyous. One thing is for sure –– what Campbell has created onRoutine Maintenance is among some of his strongest work yet.