Sioux City Kid
The Ferocious Few
Thu, July 26, 2012
Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pmThe Independent
Tickets Available at the Door
This event is 21 and overhttp://www.theindependentsf.com/event/135545/
Sioux City Kid
Led by songwriter Jared Griffin, Sioux City Kid came together in 2009 and has since morphed, shifted and evolved into a commanding 7-headed beast of a band. Mixing the roots of Americana, Rock, and Delta Blues, Sioux City Kid quickly gained notoriety in San Francisco for their whiskey-fueled performances and anthemic melodies like "Little Hell" and "Wishin' Well". Within a year of the bands formation, they had won Live 105's Battle of the Bands, played Twitter's inaugural Twestival, and performed at BFD alongside such heavy hitters as Spoon, Hole and the Limousines at the Shoreline Amphitheatre. the release of their first LP, 2011's Speak of the Devil, but Softly, was greeted with a sold out evening at San Francisco's legendary Great American Music Hall. They have headlined at-capacity and packed houses at prestigious venues throughout San Francisco including The Independent, The Great American Music Hall, Cafe du Nord, and Bottom of the Hill. In 2012 the band was honored to open for Emmylou Harris. The band is headed back into the studio this winter and their next album, Minutes, Miles, Troubles & Trials, is set for release in 2013.
The Ferocious Few
These true vagabonds of American music have honed their skills at the edge of the night, and sharpened their knife sharp teeth on the depraved mouth of a society dying, but dying to party. The Ferocious Few pipe direct from the vein of what once was good and true in this country, but not in the good old days sense of rocking chairs on porches and home made lemonade, rather rocking chair’s thrown through porch windows and lemonade somehow on fire, forever.
Put their music on your stereo and it will drip down your walls. Listen to it alone and it will feel like you have been flattened by a train and reabsorbed into the earth. Play it at a party and a Bacchanalian orgy is likely to ensue. Dig into the ground and you’ll hear it. Drown yourself and you’ll hear it. The Ferocious Few accept no substitute, give no quarter, live for one day alone like a butterfly of pure sonic gossamer and die and live again every time they strap on a guitar.
The Ferocious Few who were two, now really are a few, and have been performing with duel drummers and other members, one of whom is reported to be a ghost from a sunken Louisiana trading vessel, run aground in the 1920’s. All of this is hewn around Francisco Fernandez’ golden voice, an instrument of beauty and terror within the same breath, and his songs viewed from the perspective of a unique individual who is wired for only one purpose, to be a voice at the edge of the darkest abyss, beckoning and saving you simultaneously.
This new line-up has recorded an album so intense it has become the first record to be banned “before release”, but lawyers struggle to clear the release with the federal government and several secret societies and soon it will be heard by each and every person in the known and unknown world. During a recent trip to record songs, Francisco discovered the true nature of his volatile make-up when he burst into harsh blue flames during a particularly intense vocal take, but The Few didn’t care, they are outlaws of love and the sonic boom.
Sure the rumours are hard to believe, but there’s only one one way to truly know for certain, when you see the sign calling that name, you better come running. These are uncertain times and we have to cling onto what we know we have got. One thing is sure, wherever they may be, in the darkest hills of Borneo, snaking naked down a mountainside, their guitars in hand, or playing at a street corner right near you, the Ferocious Few are the real deal, and nobody can keep this music from surviving.
Catch them as soon as you can before they are taken from us or implode figuratively and literally, energy transfer on this scale can be a terrifying thing when unregulated, come and be terrified.
Stripped down at heart, Mahgeetah finds common ground with the attitude and conviction of rock and roll music. Distorted riffs, three part harmonies, and heavy piano lay an alternative foundation for any particular confined rock genre and stretch further than any blues or Americana stereotype.
Their songs on a skeletal level very much please the cherished pop side of music, but the drive seems to almost always fall back on loud heavy climaxes. For them, improvisation is a character that acts as an extension of their melodic sensibilities. They tell themselves to slow down, but clearly are attached to the idea of their music as fast, loud, and heavy.
Their debut album HEAVY BABY comes out Summer 2012