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The Usual Things / Bio

Led by singer/songwriter Aaron Shekey (pronounced she-key), The Usual Things mix power pop melodies with southern inspired story telling, reminiscent of their mid-western roots and big city aspirations. Shekey references his own blue-collar family experiences with relatable ambiguity; tales that push the simple, upbeat melodies of the band into surprisingly darker territory.

Their influences range from the story telling of dirty southern rockers, The Drive-By Truckers, to the more hook driven melodies of The Bends era Radiohead, to the straight-forward rock fervor of the Foo Fighters. Their debut album Middle Coast explores a loose narrative, highlighting characters and places that embody the small town theatre of the mid-west, while establishing the band’s ability to weave that narrative into catchy, accessible melodic songs.

General Info

Band Members
Aaron Shekey(Lead Vocals/Guitar) Layne Knutson(Drums/Vocals) Dan Braak(Lead Guitar) Shane McGlaughlin(Bass)
Artist Name
The Usual Things
Profile Page
Active Since
Rock / Powerpop / Indie

Contact Info

Minneapolis, MN

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