ViV and a Movie
And they’re bringing a bit of the independent film world with them. In between sets, ViV will show a schmorgasboard of cutting-edge, San Francisco indie art films. The tour was born from a regular Monday-night spot at the Red Devil Lounge in San Francisco, where they’d offer new shorts every time. The goal was to have completely different experiences every Monday instead of more of the same. It worked, because it’s gotten so popular they’ve taken it on the road.
But it couldn’t have worked without their own sound. Singing almost exclusively originals written by frontman Matt Ostrander, they’ve got style. He and pal Eric Semo played in clubs as a dou for a while before deciding to become a full-fledged band. With inspired guitar and violin (Mike “Pie” Fiorintino), flavorful keys (Eammon Flynn) and intense drumming (Matthew J. Lucich), they thickened up the sound. (No wonder, when Flynn has been heard promising, “If it has potatoes in it I like it.”)
They’ve drawn comparisons from a wide array of folks, such as the Counting Crows, Cracker and Weezer. But they most often draw a name-link with Radiohead. Yet they’re none of them. They are, simply, ViV. The lyricism alone is worth hearing, but they’re also able to change their sound to keep a crowd interested. Sometime straight-up acoustic, sometimes a bit Pink Floydish, always melodic – they’re on to something.
They play the Half Moon Saloon in West Vail tonight at 10. For more information call 476-4314.
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