Every song that Aaron Sinclair writes has a certain underlying feeling. SPIN described it as “twitchy paranoia.” Baeble Music sensed a “strung-out urgency” in his voice, while the Austin Chronicle called his music “tension-driven” with “tight, rough riffs and sharp post-punk lines.”
It’s surprising then, that in person, Sinclair is a quiet guy – reserved, humble, and even-keeled. Not one for self-promotion, he often shies away from putting himself in the spotlight. As Paste put it, he “lets the music speak for itself.”
“Constant rejection, months on the road, lineup changes, various flirtations with some idea of ‘success’ – none of these things seem to affect his output as a songwriter,” says bassist Brendan Bond, describing the motivation behind his bandleader’s prolific creativity. “The guy is writing straight from the gut. He’s such a great storyteller that sometimes you don’t realize that he’s actually distilling something straight out of his own life into the music. I always trust that he’s got a vision that’s artistically valid and true to what and who he is.”
Once he takes the stage with his band, though, Sinclair holds nothing back, thrashing and slurring through a musical catalogue consisting of dozens (if not hundreds) of songs he’s written over his years in the DIY rock trenches, beginning in Boston as a teenager before moving to Austin several years ago. It’s that straightforward, working class style, along with a penchant for writing extremely smart pop hooks that has earned his band a loyal following around the country.
Now a first-time father, Sinclair’s life has changed a bit. Having quit his other musical projects, he’s spending less time in dive bars and more time at home. But his songwriting remains constant. “My songwriting process is late at night. I write when my wife and baby are asleep. They are beautiful aspects in my life that I treasure,” he says. “But when I write, it’s mostly about denial and failure.”
Those themes are prevalent through Get Out Of The City, a reference to Sinclair’s desire to “get out of the Austin music bubble.” Another theme to his music, though, is perseverance. “I write songs because I enjoy it, whether anyone hears them or not. I have kind of built my life around it.”
Now signed to Dangerbird Records (the label that launched artists like Sea Wolf, Silversun Pickups and Fitz and the Tantrums), and working with producer Danny Reisch (Shearwater, Okkervil River, White Denim), Sinclair finally had the support and focus to make the kind of record he has always wanted to with Get Out Of The City.
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