Songs: 2002​-​2007

by Aaron Semer

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This is a small sampling of songs I wrote for my old band The Plains, who were active from 2001 to 2008 in Seattle, WA. On most of these tracks I play nearly every instrument, except where noted. These songs appeared on a couple different independently released albums that caused a minor stir in Seattle, a small ripple in my homestate of Ohio, and about zilch anywhere else (though I've left a few behind in Mexico from time to time).



" 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." (2007)

"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." (2006)

"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." (2002)

"...edgy, sad, and downright sweet music... Each song defines a new position in the alt-country spectrum." (2002)

"On the night of their 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." (2003)

"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." (2003)

"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." (2006)



released October 27, 2014

All music and lyrics by Aaron A. Semer.
I play most of the instruments on all of these tracks, except where noted.
Recording credits listed under individual songs.


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Aaron Semer Seattle, Washington

Aaron Semer was born and raised in rural NW Ohio and steeped in American Roots music and Rock n' Roll from birth. He has made Seattle his home for the past 18 years. Semer works to keep the tradition of American folk music alive in its truest sense by staying relevant to the issues and stories of today, as well as the rhythms and melodies of today. Songs are stories, stories are life. ... more

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