It’s rare when the first ten seconds in a song can make a lasting impression. Take Dallas’ Abbreviations who sound like a fireball mix of The Stooges, Sleater Kinney and Idles. With ferocious guitar solos and cryptic energy, there is a testimonial raw energy that certainly makes for a true rock impact. Glide is premiering the fiery new single “Wont’ Say” (below) that certainly heralds an immediate conversation of primal rock rawness meeting Riot Fest guitar bass drums prowess.
Abbreviations is composed of guitarist/vocalist Ashley Leer, guitarist Matt Leer, bassist Chad Walls and drummer Tony Wann. Before joining Abbreviations, all the members had all performed in many other Denton/Dallas area bands. Ashley Leer fronted rock band, Record Hop, and currently fronts Dallas’ electro-pop band, Def Rain. Matt Leer played in Mandarin, Baptist Generals, History At Our Disposal and Diamond Age, Chad Walls played in Lo-Fi Chorus, Eyes Wings & Many Other Things, Triangulum and currently plays as Fond Phantom and Tony Wann played in Tendril, Record Hop and currently plays in Dallas’ Fake Maker.
In 2016, Ashley began writing demos for an un-named band that would eventually become Abbreviations. According to Ashley, “I wanted something a little more poppy than previous rock band, Record Hop, but still something with some grit to it. That same year I found out my dad was diagnosed with ALS and was told he would only live another year, so the thought of death started seeping into my thoughts. I started reflecting on my life and the mistakes I’d made, the people I hurt, the people I loved, etc. That’s what these songs are about.”
Ashley Leer began playing and writing music at the age of 14. “My dad taught me two chords at a time and I would just write as many melodies as I could using only those 2 chords until I got my next two” Leer said. Ashley would go on to write two albums for the Denton rock band, Record Hop, two albums for electro-pop band, Def Rain and Abbreviations’ new upcoming album, titled ABBV. Joining forces with engineer Stuart Sikes, who has worked with Jets to Brazil, Modest Mouse, the White Stripes and Cat Power, ABBV was recorded in 2019 in Austin, TX and is scheduled to be released on October 22nd