Artist Song Tournament Announced: American Aquarium

American Aquarium at Blue Light, January 16, 2015. Photo by Susan Marinello/New Slang

American Aquarium at Blue Light, January 16, 2015. Photo by Susan Marinello/New Slang

by: Thomas D. Mooney

Raleigh, North Carolina’s American Aquarium have been around for roughly a decade now. That’s six full-length studio albums, an EP, a live record, and a song or two on a couple compilations. By our count, there’s been 68 songs written by BJ Barham and company across their discography (a handful have been re-recorded. Example: “Lonely Ain’t Easy” on Bones and Burn. Flicker. Die.

Hot off their latest release, the 2015 instant classic, Wolves, it feels as though American Aquarium is finally getting the recognition they’ve deserved for much of their career. It’s just about the perfect time to throw those 68 tracks into a monster bracket (Great reference point on what it’ll look like, check out the Ryan Bingham Tournament below) and decide what their best song is so far in their career–not most popular; their best. Not too big or small. It’s a healthy amount. 

In the past, we’ve done the same with Turnpike Troubadours, Ryan Bingham, and The Dirty River Boys. It just makes sense that AA would be the obvious next choice. 

Over the new few weeks, we’ll releasing our bracket and begin discussing and voting on the individual match-ups until we ultimately decide what the definitive American Aquarium song is. With that, we’ll have some guest commentary, a NCAA type bracket challenge, and a few other American Aquarium-related pieces. 

For you American Aquarium die-hards, it’s a great time for you to prove to your friends that that one deep cut on Antique Hearts is clearly the best. For those just getting in, it’s a great opportunity to dive on deeper past Wolves and Burn. Flicker. Die.It’s time to brush up on your American Aquarium. Regardless, it’s a celebration of an incredible catalog of songs from one of America’s finest rock acts of the past decade. 

Until then, take a look at our previous Artist Song Tournaments linked below (Brackets are linked/clickable). 



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2 responses to “Artist Song Tournament Announced: American Aquarium

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