ASG w/ Fujiwara
Live at the Outer Banks Brewing Station
July 19, 2014
$12 Admission Fee
Formed in the North Carolina coastline community of Wrightsville Beach in 2001, the riff-fueled, distortion-driven rock of ASG that can be found on their latest effort has actually been at the band’s core since its inception. 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 Motorhead,Fu Manchu,Saviours,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 a colorful and dense cloth of abrasiveness. Big beefy guitar riffs and melodic foreboding are soaked in Southern roadhouse whiskey, that just might be laced with psilocybin, and are hazed out through a kaleidoscopic squall that packs a walloping sonic punch. While the ingredients of stoner rock, psychedelic metal, and angst-ridden punk rock are apparent, ASG doesn’t fit under any particular category.
- ason Shi – Guitar, Vocals
- Andy Ellis – Bass
- Scott Key – Drums
- Jonah Citty – guitar
“Horsewhippter” by ASG
is a punk rock band established in 1996 in Kill Devil Hills, N.C.by Sterling Webster, Chris Clemmons, Kirk Kellett and Billy Burley.
Born and raised from the ashes and dust along the beach road of Kill Devil Hills, Fujiwara is quite simply North Carolina’s greatest invention, since Orville and Wilbur Wright invented flight on our sand dunes. There is no separation of us as a band, there is only the future. Don’t let Sterling fool you, he is still in the band and our best friend, he still shows up and sings our songs. They’ve tried to stop our music for years, but we rock on!