For me, a good band should be able to deliver a good live performance. They should be able to convey the same energy from their recordings in front of a live audience. Performing live is more personal, it is connecting with the audience on an intimate level.
I arrived at THE ROXY in Sunset just in time to see some other acts perform before Sister Cities. We did an interview with them on our site and we would really like to check ‘em out live. There was time to kill so I decided to start drinking.
The first few songs that they played were all chill. Or maybe it was just because I haven’t had enough alcohol in my system yet to be able to go deeper in the experience of appreciating their music. Don’t get me wrong, alcohol isn’t a prerequisite to appreciate these guys’ act. But universally speaking I think it helps.
The fouth song, “Your heart” started out like a tragic lovers lament that ended up in an ironically cheerful, almost danceable rhythm, like a sudden surge of hope from a breaking heart. Aren’t we all in need of that?
Then the last song “Toolbox”
It started out with catchy melodies of rhythm guitar clangs and accented notes delivered by the keyboardist, Ana. And then, suddenly, it escalated into musical overdrive of upbeat drums and powerful lead guitar licks.
Sister Cities’ set was like a trip that goes up and down. I would describe the experience of listening to their songs as an introspective rollercoaster ride that is somehow still well composed, and precise. Tune in to the lyrics, let the concert of their musical tools guide you to gloomy depths and then euphoric heights. You hang in there for a while amongst the vibrations.
And then the last feedbacks from the amplifiers, the last residues of musical substance that beautifully interacted with your system is fading away. It was like enjoying a lucid dream of audible sensual landscape.
by Don Fester
Photo by Bryan Alano