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BJ Barham of American Aquarium

Fri - May 19, 2017

$25.00 Per Ticket | $27.00 at the door Please select a ticket before continuing.    

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Sometimes it doesn’t matter what a song or album leaves you with as long as it leaves you with something. It makes an impression on your heart or your mind in a manner that compels you to recalibrate your perspective by conveying a viewpoint that you otherwise may not be aware of or receptive to, or by evoking some emotion you haven’t felt in a while. Sometimes what you get out of music might not be the realization or emotion that the artist intended to communicate. Sometimes it is something completely different. A sign of good songwriting is when the same song means different things to different people. Rockingham—the first solo album from American Aquarium’s frontman and songwriter B.J. Barham—was an album that made me come to a pretty keen realization, yet it probably was not the one Barham set out to impart. Some have been talking about how the new Cody Jinks record I’m Not The Devil is almost a little too weighty. Well if that’s the case, you may not have the emotional fortitude to make it through even half of Rockingham. It’s hard to name another album that works in such dour emotions, or envision one being released in the near future. This album makes John Moreland sound like Sonny and Cher. Rockingham is a travelogue though certain Southern towns in various states of disrepair and dejection in the aftermath of the implosion of the agrarian and industrial American economy. No punches are pulled, and names are named in regards to the particular towns Barham chooses to highlight, or more accurately, bemoan at the state of affairs that have transpired there. Broken people and broken homes are sung about with cutting, merciless honesty, with the worst details not just uncensored, but emphasized. Rockingham is an ode to desperate people out of money, out of work, and out of options, eaten up with the wanton emotions of not being able to provide for themselves and their families, while the illusion of small-town simplicity is shattered by the gavel of broken dreams. They say that people fear running out of money even more than the fear of death. This album encapsulates that axiom with anecdotal accounts of the downtrodden one after another. There were fears back in the 90’s of heavy metal bands stimulating teenagers to commit suicide. Well if you’re pondering harakiri, perhaps you should pass on this one, especially the final heartbreaking song “Water in the Well” which is articulated with a gun pointed at the head. There are some slightly bright spots, or perhaps less depressing spots, like the song “Madeline” that finds a father articulating wisdom to a daughter. But even then it’s about the ever-present ills waiting to greet you in life.

TERMS OF PURCHASE

  • All sales are FINAL. Tickets may NOT BE REFUNDED or EXCHANGED for another show.
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  • Seating is arranged in the order of ticket purchase with preferred seating given to those who have purchased seated tickets and will be dining at the Duck.