2018ASG w/ Lo-Pan, BEiTTHEMEANS, Delicious
JuneDoors 8pm, Show 9pm - $12adv
Initially forming as a three-piece instrumental project, due to the lack of a dedicated vocalist, ASG were intensely focusing on devising tight, driving guitar riffs, locking guitarist Jason Shi in with the rhythm section of bassist Andy Ellis and drummer Scott Key.
But as time passed and no vocalist was found, Shi was eventually forced to step up to the mic. With Shi becoming more comfortable as a frontman, the group found themselves connecting with Volcom Entertainment, who signed the band and put them in the studio in 2003, to record their debut album, …The Amplification of Self Gratification. In 2005 ASG found themselves in a proper studio with proper producers, Matt Hyde and Phil Caivano, recording their sophomore album, Feeling Good Is Good Enough, an album that summoned all the band’s potential and spawned a thunderous hard rock creation that equaled what the band had been working towards for the past 3 years. Shortly after completing Feeling Good Is Good Enough, second guitarist, Jonah Citty, was added to help recreate the album’s sounds live, which was none too soon as the band quickly found themselves on the road with the likes of The Sword, Torche, Dwarves, and CKY.
In June 2007 ASG returned to Los Angeles to record their fourth album, entitled Win Us Over, with Matt Hyde again. Win Us Over, is a vivid, psychedelic, and panoramic thrust that is just as much for the ears as it is for the aura; an experience.
In late 2011, Relapse Records announced the signing of North Carolina’s finest psychedelic, stoner-punks ASG! Impossible to pigeonhole, ASG has been wheelin’ and dealin’ in kick-ass rock n’ roll since forming in 2001. The band has previously released four albums with including their most recent, critically acclaimed effort Win Us Over in 2007. ASG has gained a reputation for their wildly energetic live shows, and has found themselves on the road with heavy-hitters Motorhead, The Sword, CKY, Fu Manchu, Torche and The Dwarves among others.
ASG entered the studio in February 2012 to record their highly anticipated Relapse debut with producer Matt Hyde (Slayer, Children of Bodom, Fu Manchu). After a string of U.S. Dates with Corrosion of Conformity and label-mates Royal Thunder in early 2013, the group delivered their fourth full length‘Blood Drive’ on May 28th, 2013. A 12 song collection of sun soaked anthems full of groove heavy riffs that reference equal parts Torche and Queens of the Stone Age, ‘Blood Drive’ has garnered near-universal critical acclaim since it’s release. Pitchfork said in their review that “ASG know how to write memorable riffs and hooks that really do stick with you,” while MetalSucks called it their “favorite album of the year,” and Decibel magazine praised ASG for their “well-honed chops, hook-centric songs and a frontman who can actually sing.” Shi’s stock, as well as ASG’s as a whole, has never been higher.
ASG will tour the country relentlessly in 2013, playing all over the South and Midwest and appearing at SXSW, Scion Rock Fest, and Hopscotch Fest. The summer of 2013 puts them on the road with Weedeater to bring their earth-scorching sound to every corner of the States followed by a full European tour in the Fall. So be sure to keep your ears within range of this newly-realized titan of the rock world, because 2013 promises to be the year of ASG.
In Tensions also marks the next stage in the band’s ever-evolving direction — anchored by the lead single “Go West”, an optimistic, sun-kissed, open highway anthem.
Bassist Casey Wilson, drummer Nathan Kelley and singer/guitarist Josh Jones partnered with Birmingham’s Ol Elegante studios and producer Lester Nuby for the band’s latest effort, Head Held High.
It’s a natural pairing, considering Nuby’s roots in alternative Southern rock. He currently plays in a Birmingham-based band called Vulture Whale, was a founding member of the band Verbena and has worked extensively with folks like Amy Ray and Dave Grohl.
“They’re Southern rock, no doubt, but with a hint of the occult,” Nuby says. “And, lyrically it’s completely truthful…singing songs about salvation and sin, about getting by in crazy, small-town Alabama.”
It doesn’t hurt either, that Jones’ startling scream is a full-on invocation to the dirty ghosts of rock and roll’s past, present and future. The band challenges all that has been and is to come of Southern rock and roll, making Head Held High a revival of sorts. Instead of resting on the laurels of the music royalty they admire: Son House, Led Zeppelin, The Allman Brothers, Soundgarden, Nirvana, BITM left inspiration at the shed door and emerged on their own time, only after capturing a hell-bent sound they could claim as their own. And that’s what rebel punks should do.