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The Ackleys

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The Ackleys formed in the mid-2000s as a power trio centered around twin sisters Katie (vocals/guitar) and Allison Crutchfield (drums/vocals), under the influence of acts like the Breeders, Discount, and Guided by Voices. Based out of Birmingham, AL, the two enlisted the help of a bassist friend and began crafting addictive indie rock ditties. When differences led to the bassist's departure about a year later, the two snatched up Michael McClellan and played their first show. Following the gig, drummer Carter Wilson came aboard, which moved Allison to keyboards and solidified the Ackleys' lineup. Rooted in the local D.I.Y. scene and sounding like a bunch of punk kids playing high-energy indie pop, the quartet released its self-titled debut full-length in 2005 via local imprint House of Love Records. At the time of the record's release, all of the bandmembers were still in high school, though their music was surprisingly mature and self-assured. Gigging in and around their hometown helped the Ackleys' local popularity blossom, and in 2006 the gang followed up with the spunky EP Forget Forget, Derive Derive. ~ Corey Apar