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Press For Aaron Semer

Aaron Semer was named one of “41 Seattle Bands We’re Watching in 2016”

“It appears that Aaron is right on trend as the US falls apart into hatred and decay. I am excited to see him at a big anti-government music festival or a President Sanders celebration concert in the near future.” JIM TOOHEY

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Ball of Wax Quarterly

“The songs on Love Amidst Collapse are both familiarly rustic and oddly unnerving, a strange brew of acoustic jams and vaguely hippie-flavored visions of hellfire and damnation… sounds like an occult Crosby, Stills & Nash, all acoustic guitar and soaring folk melodies laced with a general air of otherworldly dread. Love Amidst Collapse is a warm, accomplished folk record steeped in a strain of apocalyptic fever traceable in America at least back to the first Great Awakening. Semer definitely has ideas and some well-honed musical sensibilities, making him an artist to watch around Seattle.” JON ROONEY

Full review at Ball of Wax Quarterly

The Stranger

“Ohio native Aaron Semer is blessing Seattle with his presence before catapulting to mega-fame… A major, multifaceted, and eccentric talent. A listener feels as if these songs have always been there, waiting for someone to discover them.” GRANT COGSWELL

“…edgy, sad, and downright sweet music… Each song defines a new position in the alt-country spectrum.” KATE PREUSSER

“On the night of his CD release party, Aaron Semer (the man who taught John Darnielle how to emote) sang so hard he short-circuited his vocal cords–I’d be surprised if he wasn’t supping Jell-O and whispering for the next week. I found myself rediscovering songs I didn’t know I had loved.” KATE PREUSSER

Seattle Sound Magazine (Defunct)

“Possibly Seattle’s least apathetic songwriter, Aaron Semer risks the house with almost every song. His informed takes on societal ills and personal afflictions come from the same dark place; his enraged civic discourses balance with more poetic, private reflections. The real story, though, is the robust roots sound… Switching between Crazy Horse fury and panoramic pedal steel worthy of Uncle Tupelo. A relentless, superior album.” PAUL PEARSON

“…as easily suited to treading an alley of urban decay as wandering a country road at dusk… Semer’s vocals carry an infectious twang and honest delivery that’s undeniably Midwestern and so elusive to many other singers. As in Jeff Tweedy’s or Tom Petty’s best moments, you can’t help but believe what the guy is saying… Religious and romantic idealism isn’t merely bruised from experience so much as it is pummeled into a new perspective.” DOMINIC AULISIO

MSN Music Filter

“When I read Aaron Semer’s notes to [You Never Let Me Believe], he compared it to themes from Pink Floyd’s The Wall — it’s about the earthbound restrictions many educators impose on their students’ whims and musings. The fact that Semer wrote a topical song, but made it sound personal, speaks to his genius. He knows where he’s supposed to aim, the frequency listeners will respond to.” SHRUG

Tablet Newspaper (Defunct)

“Aaron Semer’s depiction’s of work-a-day life run rampant through the majority of his songs. His cynicism gives off shades of Quasi’s Sam Coombs, but in a less eloquent, more blue-collar fashion, taking the platform from indie rock to car-on-cylinders-in-front-lawn country. It’s that creative energy that not only [creates] a unique sound, but also helps make each song sound like a potential hit.”