We’ve been waiting all month for tonight’s Dustin Wong (ex-Ponytail) show at the Hemlock with Woodsman (CO) and local opener, the dream-gazey Moonbell (9pm, $7). Dustin Wong released his second album this February on ThrillJockey (Dreams Say, View, Create, Shadow Leads), and it’s an ultimately shiny, technical record with hundreds of loops and ambient sounds structured in. We heard great things about his live performances out at SxSW this year, and for those that missed out tonight is the chance to see Wong, as his tour continues with Woodsman (tour dates after the jump).
It’s always interesting to hear about the process in the artist’s own words:
When I begin to explore and to build a song through a series of pedals, I begin with the tuner. It helps keep my guitar’s pitch consistent. An octave pedal and the distortion pedals allows me to change the textures and colors of the guitar. The delay pedal determines the tempo and the pattern. Once these sounds are determined, it then gets replicated and repeated through a loop pedal. Repeating that process, I lay different sounds and melodies on top. After the loop pedal comes the envelope filter that changes the color of the sounds but in a different way, more like a blend or like a dye. At the end of this chain of pedals awaits another delay pedal that corresponds to the delay pedal before the looper, further accentuating and changing the patterns of the loop.
Dustin Wong Tour Dates:
Mar 21 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios w/Woodsman
Mar 22 Boise, ID Treefort Music Festival w/Woodsman
Mar 24 Denver, CO Moe’s w/Woodsman
Mar 26 Kansas City, MO Record Bar w/Woodsman
Mar 27 St. Louis, MO Luminary Center for the Arts w/Woodsman
Mar 28 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle w/Woodsman