April 3, 2015

Friday night live at Transistor: solo indie pop from David Wycoco and dusty folk-pop from Steven Gilpin. Sound by Jon Monteverde. 

David Wycoco makes music that has heart and grit. It can kiss you on the lips and punch you in the face, all at the same time. He makes music that navigates through obstacles in life, love, and loss, while encouraging and celebrating one’s ability to stand tall and be brave. Leading up to his current musical release, David started performing in cafes and bookstores throughout Southwestern Ontario, Canada, moving on to playing at clubs and other venues in a number of Midwestern U.S. cities, and jumped on stage to perform some of his originals in the Philippines, and Malawi, Africa. David has also used his music to represent cultural pride for his Filipino-Canadian background in various college and university circuits, as well as championing causes in support of human rights initiatives, equality issues and, more recently, mental health awareness.

During the last half of 2013, David recorded at the legendary Metalworks Studios just outside of Toronto. Teaming up with producer/engineer extraordinaire Kevin Dietz (Broken Sons, The Cranberries, Negramaro, Silverchair), the two worked on a collection of David’s original songs infusing rock, pop, folk, and an alternative singer/songwriter flair that boasts a dynamic range of emotion, taking the listener from gentle melancholic introspection, to head bopping grooves, and even to awe-inspired epic grandeur. Seven diverse tracks ultimately formed David Wycoco’s new release called “Take Courage”; he premiered these new tracks in Chicago in February 2014 to enthusiastic listeners and fans.

At Transistor, David performed a solo acoustic set of his original material, sharing his time between an intimate performance of voice & guitar and including some songs set to an atmosphere of live looping and beats.

Visit David Wycoco’s website and Soundcloud page.

Steven Gilpin makes dusty folk pop in Chicago. A lefty player on righty guitars and ukuleles, he sings about love, loss, regret, fear, hope and change. Most recently, he took part in FAWM (February Album Writing Month) and laid down a 14-song album called “Don’t Cry, Wolf.” His last physical release, “Syndrome,” came out on Valentine’s Day 2014. 

Visit Steven Gilpin on Bandcamp.

Poster by Kendra Hutchings

Poster by Kendra Hutchings

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