The Ashley Hundred
I’ve been thinking about scoping out the local music scene here in Calgary for a few months now. For most of my life, I didn’t consider this to be a place with a whole lot of good music. We’re wedged between artsy Vancouver and the bustling east end of Canada. Calgary is for cowboys, country music and the oil industry, isn’t it? I ignorantly assumed that we didn’t have much going on…blame it on my sheltered suburban upbringing. Turns out there is “something for everyone” according to a friend of mine. My plan is to feature more local music and I’d like to start with The Ashley Hundred: a group of “folkadelic” masters.
Their musical journey began 3 years ago and they haven’t turned back. With a huge local following, true dedication and a delightful folky sound their success was inevitable. I should also note that they have a wonderfully jovial attitude; it’s contagious when you see them live. It’s clear that these guys love what they’re doing. ‘Postcards From The Moon‘ (EP #1) is a perfect companion on a long road trip in the sun or even as background music during a rambunctious backyard BBQ. If you like getting lost in layers of harmonies and banjo finger pickin’, look no further.
August 4th marked the release of their first music video for “Falling Up”, my take is that it’s a song about the wild distractions of a colourful mind. It’s represented with psychedelic visuals and a look at the band on stage in all kinds of mystical settings. Watch it here and keep an eye out for their split LP with fellow Calgarian band 36? this Fall.
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The Ashley Hundred – Falling Up
Production/Direction: The Light Factory