If you have ever walked on 14th and Pike, you have likely passed by the building with a “Royal Cleaners” sign. On the inside, the space is decorated with hip furniture and a giant neon sign that says “Love City Love.” Love City Love has two other locations, all of which have turned urban spaces into venues for emerging artists of all ages and backgrounds. Seattle University junior and Museum of Pop Culture Sound Off! winner Jason McCue used this quirky and unique space Friday night to release his new album “Obscure”.
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“I started making it back in September, and I did it all in my bedroom in a bunk bed, actually.” McCue said. “Yeah it was just one of those things where after a fair amount of songs come together it got easier to combine them into something that makes sense, that is cohesive.”
McCue’s soft eerie folk sound drew the audience in and his witty satire in songs like “Prove” and “President” evoked laughter from many. His knack for telling a story, both lyrically and with his guitar, kept the audience hushed and attentive.
The Seattle U community rallied around McCue for the show, as Seattle U students helped facilitate ticket sales and mixing the sound.
Jason McCue performing at his “Obscure” Album Release Show
Also featured at the “Obscure” album release show were local artists Terra Clark, Star Anna, and Honcho Poncho. Honcho Poncho brought a lot of energy to the stage as the audience danced and cheered. Honcho Poncho also leaked that they will also be playing at this year’s Quadstock concert on Seattle U campus.
“I hope I make people feel hungry,” McCue said. “I hope my set makes them realize that they haven’t eaten in three hours and they want a granola bar.”
The full “Obscure” album can be found at www.jasonmccue1.bandcamp.com. Jason McCue will also be playing at this year’s Bumbershoot Music Festival in the fall.
“People will go watch me, and then they’ll go watch Lorde,” McCue said. “Like that’s going to be so cool, you know?”
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