As I reflect on the many wonderful events and endeavors I was able to be apart of this year, I realised just how much The Great Albatross got up to this year. TGA spent 2013 playing shows in the US and UK, performing at both days of the Count Your Lucky Stars/Topshelf Records SXSW showcase in Austin, TX, released a split 7” with my pal Evan Weiss of Into It. Over It. on Struggletown Records, and performed alongside Admiral Fallow, Miaoux Miaoux, Jo Mango, Owen, Joan of Arc, Empire! Empire! (I was a lonely estate), Joie de Vivre, Football, Etc., Kill The Waves, Friends in America, Fathers and Suns, Rainman, My Double, My Brother, Warren Franklin and the Founding Fathers and many more. We also had our single, “Summer’s Gone,” mixed and co-produced by our bud Gordon Skene (of Frightened Rabbit and Moth and the Mirror), which was aired twice on the Roddy Hart show on BBC Radio Scotland. There is much to be proud of and many folks to thank.
Big thank you to everyone who was apart of the TGA live performances and recordings: Malcolm Black, Tristan Hall, Doug Brown, Evan Trine, Seth Shafer, Avi Zahner, Liam Chapman, Calum Scott, Jo Scott, Jon Carman, Gordon Skene, George Smith, Duncan Strachan, Graeme McKerracher, Alex Medina and Fiona Morrison. Also, big thanks to Count Your Lucky Stars Records, Struggletown Records, Hawkchild DIY, Sofar Sounds Glasgow, Party Wounds, and Punk Rock Rammy for helping with bookings and getting our music heard.
2013 was a big year for me personally and musically, and I certainly look forward to what 2014 will bring. Thank you for listening and supporting The Great Albatross.
A. Wesley Chung