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“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… 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.”
[ Synchronized Chaos, January 2011]

“Taking aim at love and loss, Hot City shows a band growing from their self-titled debut… The moody electric wash is tight with structures that avoid lag or ostentatious solos. Festizio offers a heavy hand of late ’80s New Age poised on melodic synths, catchy guitar hooks and quirky, heart-on-the-sleeve vocals. The song “Hard to Leave” has a conversational, unhurried rub with a nod to the Talking Heads. The song’s background is hazily lit by distant, murmuring keyboards, rapping percussion and singer Keane Li’s bold voice… Hot City is a cohesive sophomore release that showcases the group’s affection toward edgy guitars, electronic flourishes and measured percussion. It’s exciting to hear a band develop this much in only one album; Festizio has a sound that swells with potential.”
[Performer Magazine, December 2010]

“Festizio has been a well-kept musical secret for those in the Bay Area for several years… To be honest, I haven’t liked a local band this much since the year 2000 when I spent many a night down in LaLa watching Common Rotation (who were at that time known as 28 Orange Street) perform for packed bar crowds… Listening to Festizio — live or on CD — takes me back to some sort of youthful musical bliss place that inspires me to write poetry or learn how to play the piano. (Or, maybe ukulele… you know, because I’m quirky.)”
[Geek Girl on the Street, May 2010]

“Starting off with a mix of great bass riffs/solos, catchy effects driven guitars, in addition with front man Keane Li’s melodic vocals, provide a great mix of emotions. Slower songs like “Hot Blooded Bitch” bring reminiscent memories from bands like Bay Area natives Third Eye Blind, as well as vocal influences from Muse on the first track “Alive.” Rounding off with a piano-like ballad sounding like Coldplay, “Every Now and Again,” and a final surprising twist of acoustic guitar and orchestra background with their last track “One More Time.” The overall feel of the album includes a mix of melody, tempo, and sound as well as lyrical content that definitely sets Festizio apart.”
[SurfShot Magazine, April 2010]

“Electric guitar chirps, waves of notes and walls of fuzz maintain an intriguing bed for the other conventional instruments (drums and bass), but undoubtedly the guitar is the standout. “Turn Out the Lights” is a shiner that opens with scrubbing guitar and Li’s conversational tone. It builds with whispering harmonies, fuzzy lyrical mods and a harking quality that brings out the Muse inspiration – particularly when the break gives way to a rising guitar army and a distorted verse.”
[Performer Magazine, December 2009]

“As a music club manager and musician in the San Francisco area, I have been involved with 1000s of musicians and bands for over 20 years. The first time that tears ever came to my eyes at the end of anyone’s gig was last Saturday night when Festizio came out to play here at our downtown SF venue.”
[Anthony Eckstein, Booking Manager]


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Festizio is a San Francisco-based alternative band combining driving rock with orchestral synth, ambient dance, and classic American soul. Festizio’s second studio release, Hot City, recorded at John Vanderslice’s renowned Tiny Telephone by engineer Scott McDowell (Geographer, Birds & Batteries), combines the band’s numerous musical influences into a sound unlike anything else today.

Festizio is
Keane Li – vocals, guitar
Ryan Scott – keyboard, synth
Nicholas Mitrousis – drums

Festizio has performed at
Café Du Nord (SF), Slim’s (SF), The New Parish (OAK), Red Devil Lounge (SF), 111 Minna (SF), The Hotel Utah Saloon (SF), Rockit Room (SF), Grant & Green Saloon (SF), Kimo’s (SF), Broadway Studios (SF), Beale Street Bar (SF), Ireland’s 32 (SF), The Red Victorian (SF), The Chabot Space & Science Center (OAK)

Media appearances
The Unbound Sound Show on FCCFree Radio 107.3 FM (2/17/10), The Cheap Hooch and D Money Show on Pirate Cat Radio 87.9 FM (3/24/10)

Charities supported in the past
Recovering Irma, The Lance Armstrong LIVESTRONG Foundation, Spark! Youth Empowerment, SF AIDS Walk, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society


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All songs written and produced by Festizio
Recorded and mixed by Scott McDowell at Tiny Telephone in San Francisco
Mastered by Justin Weis at Trakworx in South San Francisco
Release Date: 12 January 2011
Label: Self-released
© 2010 Festizio

Track Listing
(1) Hot City
(2) Hard to Leave
(3) Keep
(4) ****
(5) Always Reminds Me
(6) Questions (You Should Never Ask)
(7) Moving On

Keane Li – vocals, guitar
Ryan Scott – synth, piano, rhodes
Gerald Pan – bass
Nicholas Mitrousis – drums, v-drums

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All songs written and produced by Festizio
Recorded and mixed by Jaimeson Durr at Hyde Street Studio C in San Francisco
Mastered by Justin Weis at Trakworx in South San Francisco
Release Date: 20 April 2009
Label: Self-released
BMI Work #10878898
CAE/IPI #00583246044
ISWC: T9026970683
© 2009 Festizio

Track Listing
(1) Alive
(2) Hot Blooded Bitch
(3) Turn Out the Lights
(4) Beautiful
(5) Get Up
(6) Every Now and Again
(7) Let Go
(8) Meth
(9) One More Time

Keane Li – lead vocals, guitars, piano on track (6)
Ryan Scott – lead guitar, vocals
Gerald Pan – bass, vocals, violin on track (9)
Nicholas Mitrousis – drums


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Alive | Always Reminds Me | Beautiful | Every Now and Again | Get Up | Hard to Leave | Hot Blooded Bitch | Hot City | Keep | Let Go | Meth | Moving On | One More Time | Questions You Should Never Ask | Turn Out the Lights

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