DEGA

DEGA

mechanical river

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$8.00 - $10.00

DEGA
DEGA
Seasoned musicians Aslyn and Kalen Nash were well into their own solo careers prior to meeting and falling in love. Aslyn had notched two records, Lemon Love (Capitol Records) and The Dandelion Sessions (Lemonade Records), while also landing a spot as touring key- boardist and backup singer for Kesha. Kalen, singer-guitarist for Athens, GA, indie psych roc- kers Ponderosa, eventually saw his band signed to New West Records for whom he recorded two critically acclaimed records, Moonlight Revival and Pool Party, with legendary producers Joe Chiccarelli (The Strokes, Real Estate, Cherry Glazerr) and Dave Fridmann (Tame Impala, MGMT, Flaming Lips), respectively.
The husband-and-wife team met around 2008 and married in 2011, but were so busy with their own projects they hadn’t really considered making music together. Eventually, the loneliness of the road led them to consider a different path. “I remember a phone call when I was out with Kesha and Kalen was on tour with Ponderosa,” recalls Aslyn. “We were a country apart and hadn’t seen each other in months. I told him that we needed to start collaborating so, at the very least, we could see each other more often.”
So they formed DEGA, a place where they could shed any preconceived notions about their past work (Kalen’s charmingly melancholic Southern indie psych rock, and Aslyn’s infectious blend of folk & piano pop) and explore new sounds—in particular, anthemic, synth-anchored indie pop. The combination of their two talents is truly a beautiful marriage of styles.
“The merging of our ideas created something very different from what either one of us was doing on our own,” Kalen says. “So it was kind of like creating a whole new identity. Not to mention that my wife is badass who can just play anything that you would ever want or imagine on keys.”
DEGA’s self-titled debut (released in Feb. 2018 on Lemonade Records) is comprised of nine ethereal—and somewhat surreal—tracks that tell the story of the couple’s personal journey, along which they’ve encountered some spectacular highs and crushing lows. “Ocean Love,” a slice-of-life example of the former, is about the couple’s honeymoon in Jamaica, while “Phoenix” will always be an affecting reminder for Aslyn of the miscarriage she experienced during the sessions. “The baby was both conceived and lost while making this record,” she says. “How could I ever forget that? I relive the beauty and the pain every time I perform those songs.”
mechanical river
mechanical river
JOEL HAMILTON, PKA MECHANICAL RIVER, PUTS HIS DYNAMIC PRODUCTION
SKILLS AND VOCAL VIRTUOSITY ON FULL DISPLAY WITH HIS NEW OFFERING,
POSTERITY - DUE OUT OCTOBER 13TH ON ELECTRIC LADY RECORDS. THE
CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA NATIVE BENDS SOARING VOCALS, BRITTLE
CIGAR-BOX GUITAR, AND PAWNSHOP DRUM MACHINES INTO SONGS FAR
GREATER THAN THE SUM OF THEIR PARTS.
HAMILTON HAMILTON HAS TOURED THE WORLD, SHARED STAGES WITH THE LIKES OF
DANIEL JOHNSTON AND RUFUS WAINWRIGHT, BACKPACKED ACROSS
CONTINENTS, AND ON ONE OCCASION SURVIVED A WILD ANIMAL ATTACK (IT
WAS A BEAR) - ALL THE WHILE WRITING AND RECORDING MUSIC WHEREBY HE
PLAYS EVERY INSTRUMENT HIMSELF. POSTERITY IS A CULMINATION OF HIS
DEDICATION TO SONG-CRAFT AND SONIC EXPLORATION, HONED THROUGH
THE CRUCIBLE OF LIVING - AND QUESTIONING - LIFE TO IT'S FULLEST.
Venue Information:
Local 506
506 W. Franklin St
Chapel Hill, NC, 27516
http://www.local506.com/