WHO ARE THE AMPERSANDS?
Pictured, L-R: Jim and Aaron
The Ampersands are a Bay Area / Twin Cities indie-rock/pop studio outfit led by singer-songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Aaron McQuade and Jim Pace, who have been making music with each other for well more than half their lives.
Sometimes compared to bands like Fountains of Wayne, Vampire Weekend, and members of the Elephant 6 collective, The Ampersands make music that combines unique hooks with some of the most curiosity-provoking lyrics being written today.
We believe that music should do more than just get stuck in your head — it should do something constructive while it's in there.
DO NOT LET ME GIVE MYSELF
ALL THIS ROOM TO WRITE
Or I will just fill it with nonsense.
Our band bio from the early 2000s was like three pages long and almost entirely irrelevant because I wrote it myself. It had a whole absurdist story in there about how Jim and I met (this is Aaron by the way) when we ran away to join the circus or something like that, and I don't want to be tempted to do that again.
I do like the flowers though, let's keep those.
I promised to plant some perennials like two years ago and just never got around to it. These will have to do for now.