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Growing Up

by Ashbury Keys

Strong melodic vocal driven guitar rock
Genre: Rock: Modern Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Eye To Eye
3:43 $0.99
2. Dream
3:28 $0.99
3. Growing Up
3:13 $0.99
4. Tricks
3:58 $0.99
5. Suspicious Minds
3:40 $0.99
6. Gutter
3:46 $0.99
7. Understand
3:27 $0.99
8. Holiday
2:19 $0.99
9. Gears
4:34 $0.99
10. Motorcycle Girl
3:21 $0.99
11. Listen
3:55 $0.99
12. Change
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Album Notes
"I got tired of renting studio time in these so called 'real' studios and walking away with recordings that didn't sound like me," singer/songwriter David Keys laments. "Why spend all that money and not be happy with the end result? I decided that we would buy our own recording gear and do it ourselves." That is exactly what Ashbury Keys did. Recorded and produced by Alan Doss of Galactic Cowboys fame, Ashbury Keys will release "Growing Up", its third full-length release at the Engine Room on Saturday, August 21, 2004.

"I can't say enough about the virtues of having your own recording studio. I mean, I've got keyboard parts on this CD! Growing up listening to bands like the Cars, I've always wanted keyboards, but the cost was too prohibitive to experiment in a real studio." After the band members decided to take the leap, Ashbury Keys bought some recording gear and went to work recording its first batch of new material since the release of the last CD, "Dancers", in 2001.

"Most of my songs are about relationships. Sometimes they're great, sometimes they're not, but it's the emotions of difficult relationships that inspire me to write. I'm a big Morrissey fan. Not many people can say it better than him." Don't get David wrong. The new songs are not about sadness and that whole "nobody loves me" vibe. The songs on "Growing up" are also not all about David's life. David goes on to explain, "It's just the way life is. I think the CD reflects the ups and downs we've all had these last few years." Along with brother Darwin on drums, Bill Walter on bass, Alex Tittel on guitar, and Alan Doss on Keyboards, "Growing Up" beautifully captures how melodic and rocking a broken heart can be.

On expectations for the new CD, brother Darwin of Pushmonkey fame says, "If one person can relate to what David's singing about, then it's a success. From my experiences in the music business, I can tell you we are not in this for the money. As long as people like a great melody and can relate to where we're coming from, we will be releasing material for many years."

Since its inception, the band has been performing throughout Texas, while writing and recording new material. During that time, Ashbury Keys and its members have accomplished the following:

• Nominated for the best pop/rock band Houston Press Awards

• Featured performance on a nationally televised Disney special

• Support act for Deftones, Oleander, Evan Dando, Fastball, Splender, Pushmonkey and several major label artists that you probably never heard of

• Members have collaborated with multi-platinum producer Mike Clink (Guns and Roses) and Grammy award winner Paul Leary (Sublime, Butthole Surfers,U2)

• 2001 SXSW Conference performance

• Independently released three full length CD's

Ashbury Keys in the News!
• The Houstonian Online 09/2004
• The Daily Cougar 08/2004
• Houston Chronicle 08/2004
• The Daily Cougar 03/2002
• Houston Press 2001 Music Awards 07/2001
• Houston Press 2000 Music Awards 07/2000
• Houston Press 04/2001
• Houston Press 08/1999

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awesome instrumentenals and vocals rock
every song on this cd jams, love the music especially the awesome solo acoustic followed with powerful vocals, its hard to find a band that sounds as good live as they do on the record and ashbury keys does it perfectly. keep up the great work and i look foward to more music. cant wait and it probably wont be long before we get to see you on the grammy's


This is one of the greatest albums I've heard in a LONG time. The writing and composition give the cd a true meaning to the word awesome. If you don't sing along to every word, then you haven't truly listened. No one should miss out on this one.

Andrea Thomas ( ColorOfMyEyes)

Amazing, wonderful, soothing, energetic
I love this CD because i can CONNECT with some of the songs on a personal level. The lyrics reach out to me and they mean something. And thats what music is about, touching the lives of fans, or of people and creating a fan from that connection. I especially love Eye to Eye, Growing Up, Tricks, and oh god the whole CD. There is something about it that makes you want to cry and sing at the same, laugh at yourself and the situation that it reminds you of as well. It is a very well written album.