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Oh, hey, I didn’t see you sitting there. It’s been awhile, and you’ve probably been wondering what’s been going on with us. Are we dead? Have we become billionaires and given up music? Or perhaps you stumbled here in error, as you have absolutely no idea what a Festizio is.
Well, it’s time to reintroduce ourselves.
Festizio is an alt-rock band based in San Francisco. We gigged actively in the past with over 30 shows in the SF Bay Area. Our two studio albums were recorded at the historic Hyde Street Studio C and John Vanderslice’s uber-indie Tiny Telephone.
But we’re not done yet! We’re currently recording our third studio album, and this time we’re doing it ourselves. And because we have all the time in the world to play with noises and experiment with sounds, you can expect something that’s a bit more Festizio than ever before.
To whet your appetite and to get a better idea of who we are, listen to some of our tracks from our past two albums. If you like what you hear, friend us on Facebook and Twitter, and sign up for our Mailing List using the form to the right of this post. We’ll keep you updated with the progress of our third record.
Thanks for the adventure so far. We’ve still got more places to go!
-Keane, Ryan and Nick
We’re currently working on our third studio album. This will be an interesting release, combining all that we’ve learned as a band the past five years (yes, it’s been that long). Everything about our creative process has been shaken up, allowing us to think outside our normal songwriting tendencies. For example, we’ve started utilizing new instruments and sounds to build songs, rather than sticking with the traditional approach of building songs with the guitar or keys. Additionally, we’re drawing in more style variations from other genres (similar to what we did for our last album), adding more diversity to our melodies. The result will hopefully be something more organic, more fun and—if we can do anything about it—much more rock.
If you want to know what this sounds like, please sign up for our mailing list with the form at the top right of this page.
Thanks for everything.
We’re happy to announce that we’ve got two great shows in August.
First, we’ll be performing with our studiomates An Isotope and touring bands Mystery School and Dry Season at Kimo’s this Thursday (yes, THIS Thursday, 8/18). Click here to add this event on Facebook.
Then, we’ll be moving up the sttreet on Sunday 8/28 to the posh Red Devil Lounge to perform with Calling Morocco, TPR and Allen De La Rossa. Click here to add this event on Facebook.
The best part? Both shows are only $6! Come to both shows and we’ll give you a free Festizio band shirt!
Summer was made for love, water sports and general slack-jawed laziness. With the fertile solstice behind us, we’re offering up our two big love songs off our studio albums for free, so you can enjoy them while you’re jet skiing across the horizon.
Thanks to everyone who came out to Hotel Utah last week! It was so great seeing the place packed with so many supportive people. Above, we’ve posted a video of us performing “Keep,” taken from one of our audience members.
Our next show is on June 1 at Café Du Nord!
1. Turn Out the Lights
2. Hot City
5. Black Rain
6. Moving On
7. Questions (You Should Never Ask)
8. Always Reminds Me
*new songs denoted by italics.
Sometimes musicians actually create music instead of spending all their time marketing it. This is what we’ve been up to the past few months since our last show at Rockit Room at the end of January. We’ve got some new songs to share at our upcoming gig — Hotel Utah Saloon on May 11 — which so happens to be Keane’s birthday (me).
Our album is also officially out as of our last show, available pretty much everywhere online. See the links at the bottom right of this page to snag a copy at an official vendor (oddly enough, we caught a guy trying to sell them for $24 apiece on eBay… good luck with that!).
Thanks for supporting us, kids!
FESTIZIO’S NEW STUDIO RELEASE, HOT CITY (ARTICLE BY ROBBIE FRASER)
In the opening minute of their title track “Hot City” you get a good feel for what Festizio’s music really is. The initial crescendo of electronica draws you in before giving way to accompanying guitar riffs. The synth element in the music is always there to compliment, but never totally overtake, as it often does with the growing number of bands now incorporating a more electronic element to their sound. After getting the chance to interview Keane Li, the lead singer and guitarist of Festizio, I realized that the reserved, yet effective balance I heard on the CD is part of what makes Festizio who they are. His attitude seemed to confirm the same calculated, yet melodic vibe the CD projects.
“When it comes down to it, we’re a pretty tame rock band according to the traditional image of rock musicians.” Li says. “We all have professions and we’re all down-to-earth. We’ve never fought and we work (thankfully) well together. We love music and work hard at creating something beautiful to share with others.”
According to Li, the band has plenty of the influences you might expect. Muse popped into my mind early while listening to “Hot City,” and Li confirmed as much, along with mentioning bands like Radiohead and Massive Attack. But they also draw inspiration from a wide array of old and new alternative bands, as well as modern hip-hop. They have a varied appreciation that is indicative of a band that genuinely enjoys and studies the chosen medium for their art.
When asked why he was drawn to music over poetry or other art forms, Li says “Music envelops you, surrounds you in a way that other forms of art can’t necessarily do. It’s like having a soundtrack for your life.”
If that’s Li’s goal, “Hot City” seems like something he and fellow band members Ryan Scott and Nicholas Mitrousis can be proud of.
It’s a goal that they make great strides in achieving by allowing the lyrics to do much of the work. With Festizio, you’re not likely to spend too much time thinking, “what did those guys just say?” If anything, they enunciate too well. While it might detract from the rock of their music, it lets the sometimes poetic nature of the lyrics shine. They are lyrics that portray an image of love and loss with a uniquely San Francisco backdrop.
However, ultimately, Li seems to illuminate the band’s goal best when he says “It’s really all about the experience of listening, I think, and we want to make it meaningful for people.”
He manages to sum up the noble aspiration of a multitude of aspiring artists. And with the release of “Hot City,” Festizio is that much closer.
“Hot City” Release Date: January 12, 2011
Festizio would like to wish you and your families a great holiday season. See you all in 2011 (hopefully at our first show at Rockit Room on the 29th of January)!
Our new album, Hot City, is being featured as one of four albums in The Humble Bundle‘s first volume! Pick your own price and get all four albums while your funds go to benefit both VH1 Save the Music and Little Kids Rock. Great music for a great cause. Can you argue with that?
contact (at) festizio (dot) net
HOT CITY (2011)