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Ashley Hundred add roots to indie pop music

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 If, as The Ashley Hundred bassist Jordan Moe noted,  “a penguin and a lobster mashed together is a Plobster,” then the music of Calgary indie rock / dream pop band the Ashley Hundred is Said The Whale mashed together with parts of the Cure and U2  with a touch of steel guitar and banjo.The Ashley Hundred's Brett Cassidy. Photo by Richard Amery

 They returned to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, April 30 to play a show with local indie rock band the Utilities for a good sized listening audience of  approximately 50 people.

 By the second song their waves of delay laded guitar, keyboards, smooth ’70s R and B style bass had about 10 of the audience members dancing in the corner of the stage. And then there were catchy banjo and spooky steel guitar adding  extra layers of sound over top of their music.
 “ This is a nice spot you’ve got,” grinned  banjo player/ steel guitar player Brett Cassidy.

 There was a lot going on in their songs featuring waves of sound, sonic textures, multiple time changes and that addictive banjo. Moe’s smooth, sultry bass kept the audience hypnotized. Andrew Frank and  Carson Stewart effortlessly traded lead vocals as well as instruments, often mid song while drummer Chad Dalley held it all together.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 06 May 2015 13:04 )  
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