Bay Area bands light up the Great American Music Hall

It’s hard to be too surprised at small San Francisco concerts, but indie-pop newcomers First in Flight did just that at the Great American Music Hall alongside the established pop groupMOSAICS. There were backflips, metal riffs, rapping, and solos that made the front row paw at the stage. Both bands did not disappoint during this energetic, colorful night.

First in Flight

This was their biggest show yet since their first in February and Hotel Utah, just 7 months ago. The dance-rock-indie-pop band sounds like ” Walk the Moon, Duran Duran, Panic at the Disco,” according to Pat McCloskey, lead vocals and keys. But more importantly, the band’s performance looks like a cotton-candy pink disco-metal band constantly in motion – in the best way possible. Matching pink vans high tops pull together their look onstage, while their separate heavy metal, pop, and rock influences stand out sonically. Despite playing together for less than a year, the band has nailed the performance category of developing as a band. 

MOSAICS

Glitch-pop group MOSAICS picked up where First in Flight left off with a set just as colorful visually as it was sonically. Lead guitarist Devon Kelts filled the sets with solos to compliment Maryam’s steady voice as it reached over the electronic melodies. Visuals developed specifically for the band played behind them.

The band performed a new song, “Vices”, reaching what they describe as the commercial indie pop sound they’ve been looking for. “I think the stuff before has been more experimental, we’ve been finding our sound, and this song bridges the gap between experimental and accessible,” lead vocalist Maryam Sadeghian said.

Performed live at the Great American Music Hall, the song sounded like exactly that — fewer rhymes, and a different balance between the vocals, acoustic instrumentation and digital production.

MOSAICS hopes to continue in the direction of “Vices”, a departure from their lyrical, digital sound. “A lot of the stuff we’ve done is more complex, but this is more to the point – it’s a f***ing break up song,” Maryam said. “There’s nothing more universal than a breakup song,” added Devon.

“You look at pop songs that are like that and thing that’s so cheesy, but when you come into that organically, it’s great. People really do feel that way,” said Maryam.

MOSAICS will release a new music video for the song on Wednesday.

 

  

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Bay Area bands light up the Great American Music Hall

It’s hard to be too surprised at small San Francisco concerts, but indie-pop newcomers First in Flight did just that at the Great American Music Hall alongside the established pop groupMOSAICS. There were backflips, metal riffs, rapping, and solos that made the front row paw at the stage. Both bands did not disappoint during this energetic, colorful night.

First in Flight

This was their biggest show yet since their first in February and Hotel Utah, just 7 months ago. The dance-rock-indie-pop band sounds like ” Walk the Moon, Duran Duran, Panic at the Disco,” according to Pat McCloskey, lead vocals and keys. But more importantly, the band’s performance looks like a cotton-candy pink disco-metal band constantly in motion – in the best way possible. Matching pink vans high tops pull together their look onstage, while their separate heavy metal, pop, and rock influences stand out sonically. Despite playing together for less than a year, the band has nailed the performance category of developing as a band. 

MOSAICS

Glitch-pop group MOSAICS picked up where First in Flight left off with a set just as colorful visually as it was sonically. Lead guitarist Devon Kelts filled the sets with solos to compliment Maryam’s steady voice as it reached over the electronic melodies. Visuals developed specifically for the band played behind them.

The band performed a new song, “Vices”, reaching what they describe as the commercial indie pop sound they’ve been looking for. “I think the stuff before has been more experimental, we’ve been finding our sound, and this song bridges the gap between experimental and accessible,” lead vocalist Maryam Sadeghian said.

Performed live at the Great American Music Hall, the song sounded like exactly that — fewer rhymes, and a different balance between the vocals, acoustic instrumentation and digital production.

MOSAICS hopes to continue in the direction of “Vices”, a departure from their lyrical, digital sound. “A lot of the stuff we’ve done is more complex, but this is more to the point – it’s a f***ing break up song,” Maryam said. “There’s nothing more universal than a breakup song,” added Devon.

“You look at pop songs that are like that and thing that’s so cheesy, but when you come into that organically, it’s great. People really do feel that way,” said Maryam.

MOSAICS will release a new music video for the song on Wednesday.

 

  

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