Young Josh Armstrong celebrates his first release.
Thursday, August 4, 2005
A year ago, Joshua Armstrong performed his music in front of a crowd for the first time at an open mic night in Salinas’ now defunct Coffee Espresso. Now, the 19-year-old Salinas native is releasing an EP titled Slip Away, which features half a dozen well-produced songs that could easily be hits on Top 40 radio stations.
Part of Armstrong’s rapid growth as an artist is due to his relationship with Brian White, who produced Slip Away. Though Armstrong wrote every song on the release, he believes that White really helped fill out his sound.
“He’s just like that other half I needed,” Armstrong says.
The two spent five months crafting the CD in White’s apartment. The result combines earnest pop songwriting with modern technology like dance rock beats. “Beautiful Creation” and “Slip Away” are basically acoustic ballads adorned with touches of technology, while “Tell Me About It” has a galloping processed beat and an ‘80s synthetic pop sound.
“I am still figuring out my style and niche,” Armstrong says.
JOSHUA ARMSTRONG CELEBRATES THE RELEASE OF SLIP AWAY AT 7:30PM SATURDAY, AUGUST 6, AT THE CHERRY BEAN COFFEEHOUSE, LOCATED AT 332 MAIN ST. IN SALINAS. FREE. 424-1989.