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American Aquarium / Press

“Deceptively literate and cool films of romance on all the wrong sides of town...make it recommended listening for anyone who misses the alt-country heyday of the Backsliders and Whiskeytown”

“At a time when so many bands are busy dicking around with art school interpretations of roots music, trying to reinvent the wheelbarrow and create an avant-garde Americana revolution, it’s refreshing to hear American Aquarium throw a fastball right down the middle. ”

Peter Grumbine - No Depression

“All in all, if you’re going to buy ten albums this year, make damn sure that [Small Town Hymns] is one of them. I’ve had it on repeat for the past two weeks and I hear something new every time I listen to it.”

“Small Town Hymns finds American Aquarium beginning to settle into their sound, while pulling back on the guitars and tempos, evoking both late-night alt-country reflection and sparser, slow-burn rock amble. ”

“Whiskeytown’s heir apparent, with a faster pulse and a sense of humor ”

"hard-nosed, soft-hearted country-founded rock pushed down the road by a driving rhythm section and an acoustic guitar's unrepentant major chords but guided to safety by expansive lovelorn narratives"

Grayson Currin - Independent Weekly (Raleigh, NC)

"think Springsteen teaming up with Whiskeytown"

Michelle Gilzenrat - The Flagpole (Athens, GA)

"The hardest working band in the South"

Bill Deyoung - Connect Savannah (Savannah, GA)

"..they’ve become one of the most entertaining acts in the Carolinas, letting the raucous alt-country rock ring."

Sean Rayford - Columbia City Paper (Columbia, SC)

"this is what the Boss would've sounded like in his early years, if he were raised in North Carolina instead of Jersey."

Leah Willis - Knoxville Metro Pulse (Knoxville, TN)

"B.J. Barham is a sort of post-Ryan Adams Raleigh songwriter to watch."

Tim Davis - Creative Loafing (Charlotte, NC)