The Bay Area band that consistently impressed me in 2012 with their live shows, that I found myself humming their sticky songs, was The French Cassettes.
The French Cassettes cut their teeth in the Modesto music scene for a couple of years before settling in San Francisco last year and now has garnered the attention of well respected SF musicians, taste makers and bookers. The boys had a busy year -- they booked a successful guerrilla tour storming SXSW, peddled their 4 song Radley EP, seemingly played out a couple of times a month all over the city in every nook and cranny, built a loyal fan following that claps and sings along to every song, raised funds to record via a successful Kickstarter campaign and finished their first full length record (expected out in early 2013).
Though I look forward to hearing the proper record, it is their live show that cements their reputation for me as a band to watch. Lead singer Scott Huerta is brimming with charisma and sings (shakes and moves on stage) like he's exercising the lyrics of his perfect pop songs from the deepest part of his soul. Simply the man can sing his ass off and is a fantastic performer. I was witness to a bonus Scott moment when he was asked up on stage at a sold out Generationals show at Cafe DuNord in November to perform a duet with the band on their signature song "When We Fight" and he stole the show.
Check out the videos and pay attention to The French Cassettes, I'm predicting they will make moves in the new year.
Michael Leahy is the founder of Crossbill Records out of Davis.Tags: Best of 2012, French Cassettes