AARON WEST and THE ROARING TWENTIES release new single ‘Paying Bills At The End Of The World’

AARON WEST and THE ROARING TWENTIES release new single ‘Paying Bills At The End Of The World

New album ‘In Lieu Of Flowers’ out April 12th

UK tour dates in May

photo by Mitchell Wojcik

One of the most intriguing things about Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties is how primary songwriter and mastermind Dan Campbell weaves real life into its narrative fiction. Every gig and every person in every room has an effect on where the story could go next, so when the pandemic brought touring to a standstill in the spring of 2020, it wasn’t just Campbell’s other band, The Wonder Years, that was affected.

Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties will release the third chapter in their saga, a new album called In Lieu Of Flowers, on April 12. Today, they share a new song in “Paying Bills at the End of the World,” a bleak, blue-collar ballad about living paycheck-to-paycheck. The song is set on Long Island where Aaron retreats to when he and his band can no longer tour to make a living.

“I’ve been having that dream where I’m dying again

The one where I get sick and we can’t afford it

I’ve been walking around here with no health insurance

We can barely keep the lights on as it is”

AARON WEST and THE ROARING TWENTIES – ‘Paying Bills At The End Of The World’

To understand the story of In Lieu Of Flowers is to know where Aaron’s path has taken him so far. It all begins with the worst year of his life, marked by profound loss––grief, divorce and miscarriage––detailed on his 2014 debut, We Don’t Have Each Other, and 2016’s Bittersweet (EP).

2019’s Routine Maintenance begins a new chapter for Aaron, albeit short-lived. After a bar fight lands him in jail and he has no one to call, Aaron heads to Los Angeles for a fresh start where he occupies his time between crappy jobs and open mic nights. On the road playing gigs, he forms a band and they start to gain some traction before another blow hits his family––the loss of his brother-in-law.

He finds a new purpose in the aftermath; “I’m going to be someone you can count on for a change,” he sings on the album’s closing title track.

The new album picks up where Routine Maintenance left off, starting from the solo tours that Dan went on shortly after its release––on stage, he talked about leaving the band to care for his grieving sister Catherine and nephew Colin, but that solo touring felt like shit. The band soon got back together––as documented on their Live From Asbury Park album recorded over the course of two December 2019 shows.

In the interceding years, Aaron is forced to finally tend to the wounds he’s ignored for over a decade, and that brings us to In Lieu of Flowers.

It’s a triumphant kind of melancholy that colors this entire record as Aaron learns that things don’t go away just because you ignore them. Its message is driven home thanks to the 16-piece band that helped bring it to life with guitar, accordion, keys, banjo, pedal steel, trumpets, trombone, saxophone, cello, and violin.


1. Smoking Rooms

2. Roman Candles

3. Paying Bills at the End of the World

4. Monogahela Park

5. Alone at St. Luke’s

6. Whiplash

7. Spitting in the Wind

8. I’m an Albatross

9. Runnin’ Out of Excuses

10. In Lieu of Flowers

11. Dead Leaves





17: MANCHESTER Deaf Institute

18: GLASGOW St Luke’s

19: LEEDS The Key Club


22: LONDON Underworld

23: BRISTOL Exchange