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Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Ferocious Few Blast Out Speedy Folk-Punk, Break Lots of Guitar Strings

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Eugene and the 1914
The Generals
@Bottom of the Hill
June 9, 2010

Better than: The guy who plays country songs in the Civic Center BART station. (But we totally like that guy and his Stetson.)

So The Ferocious Few, one of San Francisco's most notorious up-and-coming bands (largely due to their habit of setting up and playing on city streets), are pretty darn ferocious. Singer-guitarist Francisco Fernandez arrived onstage last night in a saucy, vintage-looking suit, and started pounding his cheap acoustic so hard he broke a string -- one of the thick ones -- after only three songs. (He broke at least two more during the set, and kept a pile of spares onstage.) 

The band's folk-punk songs all ride absolutely breakneck tempos, and its two members seemed to thrive on them: Fernandez whipped, pogo'd and slammed around last night's nearly empty stage like a Latin Elvis on speed. Diminutive drummer Daniel Aguilar looked like a tiny boat being rocked by giant seas behind his minimalist drum kit. He either had the strongest legs in the world or a friend behind the mixing board, because when he stomped that that big kick, the whole room thundered. He seemed to know it, too, and saved the kick for maximum effect. A large part of the time Aguilar left the big drum alone and pounded the snare and cymbals with just his hands and a tambourine. I wonder how long his hands can keep that up.

click to enlarge Fernandez told the crowd to "comiserate" while he changed a string - EUGENE AND THE 1914
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  • Fernandez told the crowd to "comiserate" while he changed a string

click to enlarge Fernandez told the crowd to "comiserate" while he changed a string - EUGENE AND THE 1914
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  • Fernandez told the crowd to "comiserate" while he changed a string
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The Generals, a Sacramento duo, fired off the night with straight-down-the-middle guitar rock that sounded awfully thick for just two instruments. They weren't the best two-piece band of the night, but they weren't bad either.

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