About This Video
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No, they're not from Aberdeen, Washington. They don't sound like Nirvana, and they don't wear flannel shirts.
Aberdeen City's name may be vaguely puzzling, but their intentions are honest and direct. With atmospheric guitars and bold vocals, they're aiming for the lofty perch that Interpol once occupied. There's also a healthy dose of U2's The Unforgettable Fire here, from the songs' wide soundscapes to Ryan Heller's chiming, Edge-like guitar riffs.
Heller's onstage foil is rhythm guitarist Christopher McLaughlin, whose distorted chords and drunken harmonies give the group a post-punk edge. In one of this video's highlights, McLaughlin brings the guitar to his mouth and screams backup vocals into the pickups while waving a drumstick like a mad conductor. It's a visual contrast to Heller's calm poise, and it helped set the stage for the energy-crazed Electric Six - the headlining band for the evening.
- Andrew Leahey