Ad is a Boston-area songwriter-singer-multi-instrumentalist who fronted three timely and melodic
Boston-based bands, namely Jumprope, Miranda
Warning, and Beginners Only through over 400 live shows
as singer, songwriter, and guitarist, touring throughout the
east coast and midwest. Somehow, this was managed without getting any tattoos.
Busy as he was playing in groups
and occasionally mowing the lawn, he interleaved several
shorter-lived side projects with friends as drummer or
multi-instrumentalist, such as The Barbaloot Suits, Welcome Mat,
The Fond Farewells, and nO SociAL skiLLs. Despite not
eating a single radish during this time, these band experiences
yielded seven well-reviewed, full-length albums released on
labels in the US, UK, Spain, and Japan, plus a constellation
of compilation album appearances around the world, all told,
featuring over 50 of Ad's tunes.
A huge music fan, Ad also wrote hundreds of record reviews for indie zines such as
You Could Do Worse, The Noise, and his own Record Reviews and Nutrition Tips.
Even more, he co-organized one
of the world's first indiepop fests (a tradition that continues all over),
and created one of the first online directory resources for indiepop
bands, labels, and shops, as well as the first-ever tribute sites
for 60s cult pop groups The Zombies and The Left Banke. He doesn’t care much for
sports talk radio.
Having paused long enough to take a rest, while doing a bit of dusting,
he stumbled upon his collection of over 230 unfinished pop songs
hastily captured on various audio
media over the years. These could not be left to languish, and
so he began a fateful self-recording experiment.
Just as the project got going, in 2009, he managed to divide
his left thumb (fretting hand!) nearly in two with a table saw
running most inconveniently at 3000 RPM (while building a
cassette rack, of all things, so rock & roll!). Seven
months of crying and dozens of Tony Iommi jokes later, his surgically reconstructed digit was luckily playing again, but can no longer do that thing where
you bend it up over on top of the E string like to play that last chord in Mood For A Day. No
matter – still without radishes, tattoos, fashion sense, or certain nerves of the left thumb, he figured he’d
better complete the album before something else happened, like
an ice age or a heavenly body smashing into his guitars or something.
He descended to the basement with the instruments and some
microphones. There’s a map of the world on the wall down
there, a Beatles poster, and another of The Smiths.
Months later, having followed no known musical trends, the
first batch of tunes was completed. A true DIY solo work, as indie
as it gets, is the album, Pop Supraliminal, a tuneful debut that is Ad’s one-man-band experiment fulfilled. Melody-driven, carefree, suitably rough around the edges, and lyrically questioning every facet of our earthly reality. And this is merely the beginning. A second album of Ad's earliest, never-properly-recorded post-punk and pop songs from his Beginners Only days was released in September 2011, and plans for a third album are underway. With such a backlog of tuneage awaiting birth as consumable recordings, it's no wonder!