Review + Photos: The Family Crest + Goodnight, Texas rile up Great American Music Hall

The Family Crest (photo: Kate Haley) Last Thursday night, Great American Music Hall was a home-grown happy zone for hundreds of eager audience members and longtime fans of the Family Crest. Just a few days earlier, the band released The War: Act 1, their first major release in four years, and the crowd was riled and ready to celebrate. The Family Crest is a dynamic band with a catalog of dynamic songs. The rich, atmospheric indie rock geography of each song was well supported by trombone, cello, violin, bass, guitar, drums, synths, and flute. Singer Liam McKormick's gorgeous and versatile voice [...]

By |April 18, 2018|Tags: |

Live This Month: April 2018 — an audio guide to upcoming Bay Area concerts

Download: Live This Month: April 2018 (Podcast #425) In Live This Month, we sample some of the great local and out-of-town bands performing in the coming month in the San Francisco Bay Area. We've got a whole wealth of great local bands in this month's mix, with new music from Healers, The Family Crest, and Sandy’s joined by new-to-the-podcast acts Down 2 Earth, Shame Waves, Aria Rostami & Daniel Blomquist, and Moon Daze. Electronic artists also make a big impression in this set. In addition to the Rostami/Blomquist track, enjoy synth-driven sounds from Alice Glass, Yaeji, and Lou Rebecca. Or, [...]

Premiere: “The Mighty Echo” by the Family Crest

Of the thousands of new songs that have come across my desk in the past few months, few have been so surprisingly grand as The Family Crest's newest track, "The Mighty Echo," and few have moved me so immediately. The track opens with pulsing piano and singer Liam McCormick's clear-toned vocals before exploding into a perfectly realized expression of the oft-misused "baroque folk" moniker. Deliciously musical (for theory geeks, the song trades 3/4 and 5/4 bars throughout most of the song), "The Mighty Echo" has a context. Its forthcoming album titled War: Act I, is an opus. From its opening [...]

By |April 4, 2018|Tags: |

Giveaway: The Family Crest to preview new material at the Independent

San Francisco's favorite symphonic pop septet, The Family Crest, is about to enter the dark hibernation cave known as the record-making process. Before they do, however, they have one last local show to play, at the Independent on October 22 and we have a pair of tickets to give away. Vocalist-guitarist Liam McCormick reports that his band -- bassist John Seeterlin, drummer Charlie Giesige, vocalist-multi-instrumentalist Laura Bergmann, trombonist George Mousa Samaan, cellist Charly Akert and violinist Owen Sutter -- has a big project in the works. "We really want to get some new music out to the world and to our fans who have been so patient," he said [...]

By |October 15, 2015|Tags: |

Live 105’s BFD 2015 lineup abounds with local independent acts

  Live 105 bills itself as "The Bay Area's Alternative," and the radio station is living up to this title with its BFD 2015 lineup, which was announced this morning. Headlined by indie rock stalwarts Modest Mouse, Icelandic indie-folkers Of Monsters And Men, and indie-pop act Panic! At The Disco, and with main stage support from the likes of Cold War Kids and Atlas Genius, BFD 2015 will also feature a host of local independent bands playing three of the festival's four stages on June 6 at Shoreline Amphitheatre. That's right, this year's iteration of the alternative radio station's summer [...]

SONG-FREUD: The Family Crest’s “The World”

Welcome back to SONG-FREUD, the only music column that doubles as a deep cavity search of your favorite Bay Area music. A pro bono psychotherapy session available for public consumption,  SONG-FREUD is also a public service. It is good karma to write, and good karma to read. ***** It doesn’t take a professional song analyst more than three or four shots of Lagavulin to realize that underneath the alarmingly joyful refrain of The Family Crest’s “The World,” some menacing forces are at work. “Build yourself an empty home, mold it out of soot and stone,” Liam McCormick advises as if this [...]

By |February 12, 2015|Tags: |

Mixtape: 2014 San Francisco Bay Area Musical Highlights Download: Mixtape: 2014 San Francisco Bay Area Musical Highlights (Podcast #353) In 2014, Bay Area artists released a wealth of great records, with highlights coming in an array of genres: garage pop, indie rock, electronic pop, and hip hop. The year brought new acclaim to ascendant locals like tUnE-yArDs and Tycho, the latter of whom just released a deluxe version of his stellar 2014 album, Awake. Also on the rise are The Family Crest, who grabbed well-deserved NPR attention for the band's sophomore LP, Beneath the Brine. It was a year of impressive debuts: Cathedrals built a strong following [...]

Win tickets to The Family Crest’s homecoming show at The Independent!

The Family Crest's Beneath the Brine was the first album we put on for the drive back from Monterey after this year's First City Festival -- such was the impressive impact of the band's performance that afternoon. It's been a great year for the SF orchestral rock group, with an acclaimed, much-loved record accompanied by lots of touring. Now, the band returns home for a headlining date at The Independent, promising some new songs as part of what should be a terrific show. Want to see the show on us? Enter to win a pair of tickets below! To [...]

By |December 2, 2014|Tags: |

First City Festival announces 2014 lineup featuring Beck and The National

As we told you a little while ago, the second iteration of the First City Festival will take place August 23 and 24 at the Monterey County Fair and Event Center. Now the folks behind NorCal's newest summer music fest have announced this year's lineup, and it's nothing short of spectacular, featuring indie legends Beck and The National as headliners, along with the likes of Best Coast, Dawes, Tokyo Police Club, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and Speedy Ortiz, as well as local faves Geographer, Sleepy Sun, The Family Crest, Doe Eye, Cool Ghouls, and Survival Guide. In addition to performers on [...]

Interview: With ‘Beneath the Brine’, The Family Crest prepares for the spotlight

As much as the lives of the seven musicians in San Francisco’s The Family Crest have changed since signing with Portland label Tender Loving Empire a year ago, the one thing that hasn’t changed is the pressure to succeed, now that the success of others rest on their own. “There has always been pressure to succeed,” said singer-guitarist Liam McCormick in a recent interview alongside flutist Laura Bergmann, a few weeks prior to the band’s March 21 show at the Brick & Mortar Music Hall. “We know a lot of (fans) on a very personal level. The pressure comes from [...]

By |March 17, 2014|Tags: |
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