BioOften an artist compiles an album with the hopes of landing a record deal, hitting the road, and achieving rock and roll greatness. Everyone searches for a unique voice and attempts to exploit it to the fullest. Most songwriters do not find their true sound accidentally, sandwiched between other musicians’ recording sessions.
After the collapse of his seminal shoegazer band, Difference Engine, Aubrey Anderson became disillusioned with creating music. Years of early nineties touring with the likes of the Fall and The John Spencer Blues Explosion had come to an end. Having given it a go and accepted this initial defeat, Anderson moved to the other side of the mixing desk and became the one adjusting the faders.
Anderson started a small indie studio in Boston and began recording local groups. A few years passed and he began a new band, The Westerlies. As fate would have it, the band broke up and once again his focus shifted to the studio.
During off hours in the studio Anderson would mess around with songs that had collected through the years. His making of music now was more a personal passion, filling downtime between sessions. These were the reels that could be made and then put on the shelf. This was the music that had been sitting inside Anderson’s mind for a long time, but it was not going anywhere. One of Wishing Tree Records’ artists was recording with Anderson. While at the studio, Wishing Tree heard some of Anderson’s songs. Instantly enamored, they offered to release his music. It was now 2001 and much to Anderson’s surprise he had amassed enough material for a full-length.
Up until this point Anderson approached composition collaboratively. This time he worked alone with the studio as his main instrument. He did the majority of the playing and arranging himself. Anderson had accidentally created what was for him his most honest songwriting to date. Now that this collection of songs would be a record, he needed a name.
On the way to the studio he would always drive by "The Skating Club of Boston" in Allston. The studio played an integral role in the creation of Anderson’s music. The drive to the studio was just as much a part of the environment as the studio itself. For that reason, the name stuck with him.
Wishing Tree released the first Skating Club album to rave reviews in the press, a gig opening for the Mission of Burma reunion show, and pressure on Anderson to release new material. He abandoned the ‘loner in the studio’ approach, which crafted his first record, and rushed out a more collaborative follow-up; going back to the way he made music in the past. The new album did not do as well as the first. Anderson felt that the music got away from him. It helped to raise the level of Skating Club awareness, but it was a deviation from what made Skating Club special in the first place.