Ashley Hundred, Jesse & the Dandelions (Edmonton) and Bryan McPherson (Boston)
Where: Palomino Smokehouse and Social Club
109 7 Avenue S.W Calgary
When: saturday June 17, 2016
Admission: $10.00 Advance. Available at https://slothrecords.wordpress.com/ or https://www.getqd.com/ashley100/
"The Ashley Hundred began as an acoustic-folk act in the summer of 2012. Venturing to the forests surrounding their hometown of Calgary, Alberta for inspiration, and to write the songs that would define their early sound. Taking on a bass player to give necessary fullness to their songs, The Ashley Hundred soon began to add further instruments and effects to their guitar, banjo, and percussion foundation. The resulting lineup of Brett Cassidy (Banjo, Lap Steel, Vocals), Michael De Souza (Drums), Andrew Franks (Guitar, Keys, Vocals), Jordan Moe (Bass, Vocals) and Carson Stewart (Guitar, Keys, Vocals) were able to combine their array of influences, which range from traditional folk to psychedelic and post-rock, to create sonic stew of swirling ambience, soaring harmonies, melodic bass lines, tribal-esque drumming and frenzied banjo picking. A sound that the band refers to fondly as “Folkadelic”
The release of their first Ep, “Postcards From The Moon”, landed The Ashley Hundred firmly within the Calgary musical community. With tours to the neighbouring province of B.C, and an Eastern Canadian tour, with a stop at the 2015 Canadian Music Week in Toronto, the band has high ambitions of reaching listeners across the country and beyond its borders. In the Fall of 2015 they released a second grouping of songs with their friends, and fellow local rockers in the band 36? aptly titled “Split”. This release pushed the sonic boundaries of the band to new heights, and landed them on several “best of” lists from bloggers in Calgary and surrounding areas." - https://www.facebook.com/TheAshleyHundred/timeline
Jesse & The Dandelions
"Jesse and the Dandelions are a 4 piece art/space pop band based in Edmonton Alberta, led by Jesse Northey (Producer,Engineer)
After a short but successful figure skating career, Jesse retired and committed his life to music full time. The band has been active in Western Canada for the last 5 years with success on campus community radio, and great opening slots for bands like Attack In Black, Hollerado, and July Talk.With Jesse and the Dandelions’ production values maturing alongside the content, their album A Mutual Understanding (2013) is enriched with classic synth and drum machine textures that pays respect to the past, while forging their own unique path forward. String sections and heavily layered vocal harmonies push accessible pop hooks into more psychedelically complex and intriguing harmonic territory that rewards repeat listeners by continuing to engage them fully with each spin.
Other highlights have included showcases at Breakout West,Canadian Music Week, JUNOfest, a 3 piece performance of The Flaming Lips “The Soft Bulletin, and the release of a biographical comic book.
Their 3rd full length “True Blue” will be released in 2016 and aims to create a cacophonous blend of noise and meticulously layered melody and harmony. Extra features will include a figure skating music video, and 80’s themed infomercial and a Canada wide tour. - http://www.jesseandthedandelions.com
Bryan McPherson (Boston)
Singer Bryan McPherson has a tattoo of the unmistakable silhouette of the United States of America on his right arm - the contiguous 48 states, at least. This may seem a strange idiosyncrasy for an artist who is largely considered a protest singer. Truly, McPherson pulls no punches when pointing out the darker side of his homeland, and given the dynamic, folk-punk delivery of his songs about the labor movement, race relations, income inequality, women’s rights, gay rights and other causes of the oppressed and marginalized, it is nearly impossible to not be moved by his message. His agile and shouted tenor, uptempo guitar playing and frenetic harmonica accompaniment are reminiscent of an amped up Woody Guthrie - or maybe Dylan on speed - and McPherson is fearless about taking his message to the people, logging thousands of miles playing solo shows from coast to coast and sleeping in his van along the way. If there is a salient criticism of modern activism it is that it lacks heart and focus, but Bryan McPherson has both of these things in spades - because it’s when he slows down his tempos, dials down his rage and delivers stark, first-person songs about love and the loss of loved ones that his strong, vulnerable and indelible heart shines through. McPherson’s new album, Wedgewood, was recorded in a rustic studio near an abandoned gold mine in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains - a long way from his hometown of Boston. The collection of songs was named for the brand of wood burning stove that he tended to stay warm, and the theme of fire imparts the music with a palpable feeling of searing change. Bryan McPherson may be a slightly anachronistic protest singer in the Internet Age, but he is offering no vague indictments of those in power, he’s as real as they come. A keen eye will reveal that there are no state lines or red or blue ink to divide the country on McPherson’s tattoo, and that’s an apt reminder for all of those singing and fighting for a better world. - Joe Armstrong, Independent's Day