AM Aesthetic are a New York alt-rock trio that make no-nonsense, foot on the gas music to energize and excite. Their debut full-length, ‘Future Tense’, out now, is a consistently-thrilling ride, combining attitude and melody.
Recently named “Discovery of the Week” by Last.fm, the power trio also known as AMA is made up of lifelong friends Rob Suchecki and Patrick Raimondi, and RJ Dowhan. Rob and Pat started playing in bands together in rural Connecticut. Rob’s uncle had been giving him guitar lessons on a miniature acoustic since he was 8 and Patrick had discovered his dad’s 50’s Epiphone guitar. Patrick gravitated towards the bass and, with a mutual love of punk, blues and alternative rock borne from the likes Oasis, Smashing Pumpkins, Green Day and Nirvana, he and Rob spent the next ten years performing countless shows in grimy bars they were too young to be in.
After writing and recording their first EP as AM Aesthetic in 2009, “(AM)bivalence”, they began to scour the internet looking for a drummer. Fellow Connecticut native RJ Dowhan perfectly filled the bill. RJ caught the music bug from his two older brothers, one of whom played the drums. Being that the drum kit was set up lefty, RJ learned to play it as such, despite being right-handed. AM Aesthetic came to NYC, and 2012 saw them recording their second EP “Waiting in the Wings.” Their top-flight musicianship (Rob’s credits include guitars on Beyonce’s “Best Thing I Never Had”) and their energetic and fun live shows drew the attention of BHiMG.
Two singles and video pre-releases were announced to local press (“We Caught Fire” November 2013 and “The End” March 2014) and garnered fan and industry attention. To tie in with the soft release of the album, ‘Future Tense’, a third single “I Can Tell” was released. Rob, also a pro, independent engineer hired by Sony, Universal, Interscope, RCA, et.al. for their premiere artists, tracked the record; drums were recorded at Mission Sounds (Oliver Strauss), and mixed/mastered by fellow engineer Jeremy Cimino (Pharrell Williams, Mariah Carey, et.al.). The album was co-produced by the band with their label, BHi Music Group. Also, AM Aesthetic has two tracks featured as focus singles on a compilation of emerging bands from New York called “From The Rabbit Hole” which is available digitally and on vinyl (October, 2014).
AMA recently performed in CMJ 2014 showcases, “The Red Door” and “The Climax Showcase” (The Cutting Room, with Fenech Soler, Fifth of Bourbon, Stone Foxes, Jon and the Jones), and AMA’s “We Caught Fire” has secured an end credits sync placement in an upcoming romantic comedy movie, “Love Addict”. They currently have several impending placements with major brands on the horizon, and a major press/radio promotion beginning late Spring toward the release of “Weightless,” the final featured single from “Future Tense.