Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Asian Fred Debuts First Single Ahead of July R Bar Residency

Posted By on Tue, Jun 9, 2015 at 1:30 PM

click to enlarge asianfredlogo.jpg

Asian Fred
, the new musical project from singer-songwriter-guitarist Fred Huang, is releasing a video for the band’s first single, "Jonestown Shuffle," today as they prepare for a July residency at R Bar.

Huang most recently led Of the Painted Choir, a Phoenix band that played regularly in Tucson. Influenced by ‘60s pop, R&B and Motown, Asian Fred moves away from the folkier sounds that inspired Of the Painted Choir.

“With Asian Fred, I feel like I have a better grasp of what I want to do musically and what I want to express. I hope the new stuff shows some maturity in my songwriting ability,” Huang said via email.

After moving back to Tucson, he recruited drummer Steven Yanez Romo (Electric Blankets, Ghostal), lead guitarist Noah Horton (Holy Rolling Empire, Texas Justice) and Kyle Gutierrez (The Swim, The Mean Reds) on bass and vocals.

“The band kind of fell into place and just worked out,” Huang said. “Romo asked if he could join the band on a Facebook post after I posted a demo. At that time, Kyle had just moved back to Tucson from Brooklyn and didn't have a project. One night out, he asked if he could play bass and I was happy to have him on board. Noah was the only member that I recruited. I originally assumed he wouldn't have time and wouldn't be interested in joining another project, but we were hanging out and Noah expressed that he missed playing lead guitar and singing backup.”

Asian Fred’s first single debuts today, at YouTube and Soundcloud, and is available as a free download at Bandcamp.

“‘Jonestown Shuffle’ is sort of a silly song about bad decisions and the self-loathing that follows. I often find myself behaving poorly, knowing that I'm making immature decisions, yet I still keep doing the same, stupid shit. I think there's some comedy in that,” Huang says.

Huang says the band name Asian Fred “references childhood racial ridicule—playful and otherwise” that stems from his experiences growing up in an area with few Asian Americans, exacerbated by slights over his old-fashioned, Western first name.

Plans for an EP are in the works, but Huang has no current timetable for a release beyond “Jonestown Shuffle.”

“I’d like to try to build a little more of a following in Tucson before we consider releasing anything more official,” Huang says.

For now, the band is focusing on the residency, playing every Wednesday night in July at R Bar, 350 E. Congress St. #110, in the Herbert alley.

“All the guys are great musicians and friends that I’ve known, respected and admired for a long time,” Huang said. “They take my ideas and elevate them. I really wanted the band to embody the concept that the sum is greater than the parts. I feel like this group of guys is great at paying attention to each other and really working to complement each other.”

Tags: , , , , , , ,


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Previously in the Range

More by Eric Swedlund

  • The Best Things in Life

    Lake Street Dive finds freedom and creative peak on new album
    • Sep 20, 2018
  • Men in Black

    On Goths, the Mountain Goats look back to the music that inspired them as teenage misfits
    • Sep 6, 2018
  • New Vision Drives HOCO Fest

    Growing celebration includes music, comedy, a record fair and so much more
    • Aug 23, 2018
  • More »
Today | Sat | Sun | Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu
DO(OM) Yoga

DO(OM) Yoga @ Floor Polish

Sundays, 8-9 p.m.

All of today's events | Staff Picks

Staff Pick

Ballet Rincon presents The Nutcracker Ballet!

You are cordially invited to join Tucson's own Ballet Rincon as it presents its 17th Annual production… More

@ Vail Theatre of the Arts Fri., Dec. 14, 7-9 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 15, 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. 10701 E. Mary Ann Cleveland Way.

» More Picks

Submit an Event Listing

Popular Content

  1. 21 Great Things to Do in Tucson This Weekend: Dec. 14-16 (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  2. TUSD Rejects Freedom Center's High School Course (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  3. Claytoon of the Day: Nancy's Wall (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  4. Three Great Things to Do in Tucson Today: Thursday, Dec. 13 (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  5. In The Flesh: The Juilliard String Quartet Bears Gifts (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)

© 2018 Tucson Weekly | 7225 Mona Lisa Rd. Ste. 125, Tucson AZ 85741 | (520) 797-4384 | Powered by Foundation