Northern Aggression

by Ashley Peacock

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This recording was never meant to exist.

Seven years ago I told people I had retired from making music. I got a big boy job and told the Muse to find another dance partner. I didn't write. I didn't gig. I was miserable. 2009 found my family living in Charleston, South Carolina. We were looking for something to grab on to that was ours. There are many things in life that can only be done by us, and I've learned that many of us don't dig far enough inside ourselves to find the wreckless courage to do any of them. It took something as deep as the ocean to teach me that. Monday nights I would go to a songwriter's night in West Ashley. That's where everything changed. I nearly drowned in the brine of my fear and doubt, but this room would fill again and again with the brutal honesty of these fellow sailors and they taught me to pull up the wreckage of my craft and get her seaworthy again. When my family moved back to Kentucky, I brought my sea legs with me and dragged a chest full of the songs I heard in that room. I found that these tunes made good company with a couple that I had begun work on, as well as some songs that had always just leveled me whenever I heard them. I was lucky enough to twirl them around in an old studio with some of my favorite musicians to try and start playing out again. We also recorded the rehearsals so we could work on our parts for an upcoming album. When I listened back to the rehearsal tracks I couldn't imagine making a 'real' record of these songs without betraying some of the honesty we captured that night. Honesty isn't always pretty, but it's what lasts. So we've got some out of time tambourines, some overdriven vocal mics, and an evening's worth of our hearts on the floor. I will never again neglect those things that only I can do, and I will never forget the resurrective power of an honest song.


released February 13, 2013

Ashley Peacock - Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Marjie Long - Backing Vocals
Robbie Reider - Lead Guitar
Craig Dockery - Keys
Kyle Lipps - Bass
Zach Stutzman - Drums

Produced by Ashley Peacock
Recorded by Zach Stutzman at Cathedral Studios, Cincinnati, OH
Mixed by Ashley Peacock
Mastered by Richard Dodd



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