Aberdeen City came together while its members were attending Boston College, although Brad Parker (vocals, bass), Brad McCaffrey (drums) and Ryan Heller (guitar) all grew up roughly in the same part of Chicago. The trio found guitarist Chris McLaughlin and soon began playing live. Boston being the young, music-hungry city that it is, embraced the band from the get-go, and buoyed by their success, the newly formed quartet decided it was high time they put something down on tape. Holed up in a barely-there studio, they recorded the seven songs which would eventually make up 2003's self-produced effort, We Learned By Watching. Favorable reviews followed and Aberdeen City began opening for bands such as British Sea Power, Clem Snide and Ed Harcourt, which upped their profile considerably. In 2005, they signed with New York indie label Dovecote Records and released their Sixty Lives EP. Later that year, they followed that up with a debut full-length, The Freezing Atlantic, a jutting, post-punk effort tempered by dramatic, sweeping arrangements and big pop choruses. Produced by Nic Hard (the Church, the Bravery), The Freezing Atlantic was heralded by the Boston Phoenix as "glimmering, agonized, anthemic indie pop," and the band made many "Ones to Watch in 2006" lists.