The Hug and Pint presents:
A. Wesley Chung
+ Hannah Read + Roxanne de Bastion
Entry Requirements: 18+
Californian-born, Glasgow-based Americana musician A. Wesley Chung (The Great Albatross) released his debut album as a solo artist on 18th May via Glasgow’s own LP Records. Neon Coast is an homage to the US West Coast, where Chung grew up, and the three most pronounced emotions that he associates with it – freedom, lonesomeness and restlessness.
The songwriter, known for his previous collaborations as Boris Smile and with Evan Weiss (Into It. Over It / Their There They’re) and Kate Grube (Kittyhawk), was reared on the ‘golden oldies’ – Chuck Berry, The Beach Boys, The Beatles. “I've tried to explore the three themes of ‘freedom’, ‘lonesomeness’ and ‘restlessness’ through the sounds of Country, Motown and Folk/Americana that I grew up listening to in California” says Chung.
He expands: “In our deep search for meaning/self we become obsessed with self-actualization, and our fear of death pushes us further into our desire for recognition which only leads us deeper into self – this is ‘restlessness’. The tension between individual freedom (negative freedom) and the desire for community, as well as the freedom from death through self-made immortality – this is ‘freedom’. The price of our individualism and negative freedom (which mirrors the western frontier and the landscape of open expanse). This is ‘lonesomeness’.”
Reflecting on the influence his Californian youth has had on Neon Coast, Chung comments: “Thematically, it’s a meditation on my home state, while sonically it’s a straight up road trip album, like a mixtape from a friend. From the start I wanted to make this perfectly-imperfect album that focused more on getting the vibe right than the parts or performance (a main reason we recorded most of it live). “I wanted to create a mid-tempo’d album that unfolds and reveals itself in its own time, while still being vibrant enough to engage on first listen. That is what makes me think of it as a road trip album, it has a movement that reveals itself over time; it’s like something familiar and well-worn from home that you take with you to the new places you go.”
Chung emigrated to the UK in his adult life to a wholly different and, in many ways, surprising culture, making Glasgow his new home. The Scottish city would be the facilitator to Chung’s band of revolving members and collaborators, The Great Albatross, who’s split 7” with Into It. Over It. was released on Struggletown Records, with the B-side mixed and co-produced by Glasgow producer Gordon Skene (formerly of Frightened Rabbit, Smash Williams, Moth and the Mirror). Skene would also go on to produce the band’s full length. Prior to that, Count Your Lucky Stars records released the band’s EP, which included contributions from Avi Zahner-Isenberg and acclaimed Scottish singer/songwriter Jo Mango.
Hailing from Edinburgh and now living in Brooklyn, Hannah Read is an award winning multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwiter. Her songs are largely influenced by the people, places and landscapes she has encountered along the way, as well as musings of home, travel, love and loss - as can be heard on her critically acclaimed new album Way Out I’’ll Wander (Hudson Records) which is compiled of "nine gorgeous originals” (The Guardian).
“Deserving crossover status, nine gorgeous originals” The Guardian
9/10 “An exquisite album, almost perfect” Americana UK
★★★★★ “A Stunning album, modern Celtic folk at it’s best” Maverick
“There is an inherent beauty to the material” Acoustic Magazine
★★★★ RnR Magazine
“A fine achievement” Folk Radio UK
A. Wesley Chung
“Standout number...astonishingly assured” (The Sunday Times) “Mighty Impressive” (Chris Hawkins, BBC6)
“A ‘Real Deal’ Songwriter...Feist with a spark and reminiscence of Joni Mitchell” (Fresh On The Net)
- Winner of the PRSF International Fund 2016
- featured on Spotify's "New Music Friday UK" playlist
- Winner of the PRSF Women Make Music fund 2017
RDB is a London based artist with Berlin routes and has made a name for herself across Europe as “a real mover and shaker in the independent music scene” (Ruth Barnes). Over the past 18 months alone, Roxanne has toured with the Wainwright Sisters, Thea Gilmore, has performed at Glastonbury on the legendary acoustic stage and completed her first two tours of the USA. Her UK album launch tour, which was supported by the PRS for Music 'Women Make Music' fund, included a packed show at London’s Roundhouse. With a performance at Cambridge Folk Festival in July, another tour of the UK opening for Lambchop and a sold-out tour of Germany, 2017 has been jam packed for RDB.
Roxanne is the definition of an artist entrepreneur and, in addition to her touring, Roxanne also continues her advocacy work for artist rights with the Featured Artist Coalition, where she sits on the board of directors along side Imogen Heap, Ed O’Brien from Radiohead, Katy Melua and Nick Mason from Pink Floyd.
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