Ackerman | A Stitch in the Side, A Pain in the Chest

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A Stitch in the Side, A Pain in the Chest

by Ackerman

Debut album from Long Island emo/punk solo act, Ackerman. Long Island DIY still has bite!
Genre: Rock: Emo
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Happiness Alone (feat. Nicole St. Leger)
2:43 $0.99
2. I Know Who You Are
3:19 $0.99
3. Interlude
1:07 $0.29
4. Posterity (feat. Nick Mac)
3:13 $0.99
5. 8 A.M. Classes Suck
2:34 $0.99
6. So Far
2:33 $0.99
7. How Lucky Am I (feat. Trevor Gafa)
3:12 $0.99
8. Cast Iron
2:12 $0.99
9. Afraid to Die
5:01 $0.99
10. Spinning (feat. David Sorokanich)
4:26 $0.99
11. No Giving In
4:40 $0.99
12. Finale
6:58 $0.99
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Album Notes
This album is a reflection of my worst fears, my worst realities, the worst person I’ve ever been, and the most nostalgic times I’ve experienced to this date. As much as life changes, these songs will always be a lasting part of who I am. These songs were recorded over the course of 2 years beginning with So Far and No Giving In, which were written and recorded at Jingle Punks’ offices in Santa Monica, California on two separate days - at which time I was not even thinking about writing a record. Most of the songs after this were recorded in my two college house bedrooms on Ackerman Avenue in Syracuse and at SU’s Belfer Audio Archive. Some were later recorded at my very own Regrown Recordings at my home on Long Island.

At the peak of my loneliness and depression during my semester in LA, I decided to take these songs and write a record to delve into my own consciousness, which developed into a summary of my life that stretches roughly from the end of my last high school summer to my present self.

At the time of writing, these words were all that I was and all that I could be, and still bring it all back when I listen - and I hope that never changes. I think that there’s a song on this record for everyone - whether you’re experiencing what I’ve experienced, whether you’re a parent being faced with the fast passing of time, whether you are grieving the loss of a loved one, or even grieving the loss of a person you - or someone you know - used to be. I encourage you to listen to this as a complete project as well, to be taken on a journey that may mirror your own.

No matter what, thank you for taking the time to listen to this record. It has taken me a long time to complete, but it feels so good to get these songs out into the world, and share my life with you.

Thank you.


a.k.a. - Ackerman

Thank You’s:
Laura, for your beautiful words both on paper and out loud, for always supporting me, telling me I’m talented when I feel like shit and keeping this project moving. You are the light of my life. I love you.

Friends and family for always being willing to take a listen, offer feedback and consistently influence the final product with your existence and impact on my life.

My SU roommates for putting up with the worst person I’ve ever been, lots of loud music at inconvenient times, and all the love, hangs and great memories that will forever be a part of this record.
My MUI 307 group for helping me record “How Lucky Am I,” and offering your ears, talent and time for this project.

Nicole St. Leger and David Sorokanich for giving me pieces to this puzzle that I never could have created on my own.

Nick Mac for being one of my biggest fans and supporters in my audio career, making so much of the sonic content of this record possible, and helping me see what it really means to be an audio engineer in the 21st century. You’re a legend.

Jingle Punks in Santa Monica for letting me use your composer spaces to create and acting as the site of conception for this project before I even knew it, and Aaron Liebman for encouraging my emo music-making on the job.

Los Angeles, in general, for making me hear music differently, and providing me a time in my life that contributed so much to this album and my life.

Additional thanks to: John Arbuckle, Katie Canete, Trevor Gafa.

And finally, all of my friends throughout life… if we have ever had a meaningful relationship or conversations in the last 3-6 years, just know that somewhere in one of these 12 tracks lies your imprint on my life, my sub-consciousness, my world-view and my view of myself, and I will always be grateful for that.



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