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.
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.
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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!).
Well, it’s back to the rehearsal studio. If you want to follow us daily, friend us on Facebook and Twitter. And please do sign up for our mailing list using the box to the right.
The new Hot City CDs are officially here (or, maybe you snagged one at the CD preview or La Pena shows?). While it’s not available online yet, you can pick one up at any of our future shows. However, there have been a few people who have had trouble importing the album into iTunes. If this is you, let us know – we have a freshly pressed batch that should fix the problem!
Our official release date is coming up. It’ll be on iTunes, Amazon and all your favorite places. Stay tuned!
“It is with a heavy heart that I announce that I will be leaving Festizio. I joined the band just about four years ago, and to be honest, it still feels like yesterday. I can still clearly remember walking into Hitwall the first time; the first song we played (an early incarnation of “Hot Blooded Bitch,” then called “City of Lights”); receiving the studio keys; sharing our first band beer; and the first show at Ireland’s 32, just a few months after the first rehearsal. Lest I become too sentimental, I’m just going to say that the memories have been spectacular. I never really imagined I would get to be in a rock band, much less record two albums. Nor did I ever expect I would have the honor of playing alongside, and learning from, the three most capable musicians I know.
In a month, I will be heading eastward to attend graduate school at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. I’ve heard it is slightly more mature than college. If you know of any good taquerias in that area, please let me know.”
I expect the guys to go on to achieve even greater things, and it is kind of up to the fans to get them there. Ladies, please continue to shower Keane with your hotel room keys. You can’t do that to Ryan or Nick – they’re taken.”
Here are some photos from our recent sessions at Tiny Telephone, one of the best studios on the West Coast. We completed the mixing of our album with engineer Scott McDowell yesterday and really look forward to sharing it with everyone!
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