The renewed and revamped American Aquarium releases standout album “Things Change” Friday, Jun. 1st. This album is a personal and political reflection of front-man BJ Burham’s world.
Produced by John Fullbright, “Things Change” is a compilation of feelings Barham experienced after dissolving the original American Aquarium band in 2017. Through New West Records, Barham created a fresh team of skilled musicians and rallied support for this upcoming album. American Aquarium now includes Shane Boeker (lead guitar), Joey Bybee (drums), Ben Hussey (bass), and Adam Kurtz (pedal steel and electric guitar), with Fullbright’s various musical additions (clarinet, piano, mellotron etc.)
In a 10-song lineup, “Things Change” brings us a cocktail of Americana meets alternative country on the rocks. The overall album has a steady acoustic sound and reflective qualities. It’s softly written, yet encompasses hard-hitting values.
Barham’s raspy vocals accompanied by steel guitar embodies that kick-ass feeling of patriotism and change in “The World is on Fire.” While the world around us is in political turmoil, Barham sings “we must go boldly into the darkness, and be the light.”
Heavy American beliefs reign throughout “Things Change” such as “respect ain’t given, it’s earned” in “Tough Folks” and pursuing your dreams in “Work Conquers All.”
Song “One Day At A Time” reviews Barham’s battles in the music industry, in both songwriting and mentality. Lyrics “songs fulfill the human need to sit back and watch another man bleed” cut us right at the knees. This song is easily one of the most deeply emotional and vulnerable songs of growth put out recently.
On the sweeter side of things, “Shadows of You” and “‘Til the Final Curtain Falls” are heartbreak/love songs riddled with piano. The steel guitar swaddles you in a Neo-Traditional embrace while the fiddle-like mellotron surely breaks your heart here and there.
“Things Change” is an album full of the reflections many have always wanted to say, but few have had the guts to actually do. We recommend snagging “Things Change” when it releases Friday.
In the meantime check out the current single, “Tough Folks” below!
You can also hear American Aquarium at an upcoming show or on our TMP Spotify Playlist.
American Aquarium Upcoming Tour Dates:
June 1 – Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue
June 2 – St. Louis, MO – Off Broadway
June 5 – Nashville, TN – The Basement East
June 6 – Columbus, OH – Rumba Cafe
June 7 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
June 8 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Small’s Theatre
June 9 – Asbury Park, NJ – The Saint
June 10 – New York City, NY – Gramercy Theatre
June 12 – Boston, MA – City Winery
June 13 – Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
June 14 – Rocky Mount, VA – Harvester Performance Center
June 15 – Washington, D.C. – 9:30 Club
June 16 – Richmond, VA – The National
June 21 – Greensboro, NC – The Blind Tiger
June 29 – Birmingham, AL – Saturn
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