Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties At The Basement East
Venue: The Basement East
City: Nashville, TN
Date: June 6th, 2019
Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties performed at The Basement East with support from Pronoun and Diva Sweetly earlier this month. Previously, Aaron West has played at The End, which is a smaller venue here in Nashville. Although he performed on a larger stage this time around, Aaron West easily commanded the crowd’s attention as the show turned into one big sing along session.
Self described “southern comfort pop” group Diva Sweetly started off the show. Their set was full of lighthearted crowd interactions, duel vocals, and a robust sound. A handful of band members are from Pictures of Vernon - their previous experience allowed them to comfortably own the stage and maintain a fun atmosphere.
We previously caught Pronoun at The Basement East last spring while they were on tour with Basement and Citizen. This time around, Alyse announced that Pronoun’s debut album, i’ll show you stronger, had recently been released. Pronoun’s performance matched their coordinating outfits — simplistic, clean, and straightforward.
When he’s not fronting The Wonder Years, Dan Campbell performs under the name Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties. Aaron West’s debut album, We Don’t Have Each Other, is a concept album revolving around a couple going through a separation. His most recent album, Routine Maintenance, picks up where the former left off.
The stage was decorated with golden light fixtures and Campbell was accompanied only by the sound of his guitar and the audience singing along as he opened his set with “Just Sign The Papers.” Campbell does a fantastic job of fully taking on the role of Aaron West — the concept story seems all the more believable due to the delivery.
2014’s “Our Apartment” proved to be a crowd favorite - the emotional energy in the room was running high as fans sang along to the heartbreaking lyrics. With there having been five years in between releases, it was exciting to see Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties again.