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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Premiere: San Francisco Band, Paisano, Blends Genres in New EP

Posted By on Wed, Dec 16, 2015 at 12:30 PM

click to enlarge CREDIT: ELIZABETH GUNST
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The word "paisano" has Italian and Spanish origins and means “countrymen” and “gypsy brother.“ It’s a label given to someone with close familiarity that doesn’t live within the boundaries or constraints of government/social normalities. And, it’s a fitting name for a band whose second EP (titled When We Get There It Will Still Be Now) perfectly embodies that notion of living freely outside the constraints of single music genre labels.

This San Francisco-based group was formed in late 2013 by roommates Julian Borrego (vocals, guitar, keyboard) and Yoel Bibas (drums, vocals) while studying music at SF State. Originally just a living room jam session project, they quickly became cognizant of the music they were creating and, eventually, brought in bassist Luis Mayorga.

When We Get There It Will Still Be Now 
offers tracks across the board in terms of the music's genres. There are moments of contemporary chill wave music, fast paced indie rock, acoustic guitar ballads, and even a hip hop featured track.

“The purpose of this EP was to show we’re versatile," says Mayorga. And they’ve certainly showed that through their instrumental tracks, like “Bottles,” which is essentially a construction of various guitar riffs, drums, and percussion created by actual bottles.

A dark, ambient spin on Outkast’s 2003 single, “Hey Ya,” also makes it way onto the EP. With rugged, warped guitar and aggressive drumming, you would almost think it was an Incubus cover. “I feel like the reason we have so many sounds is because we have so many different influences," added Borrego. "If something sounds good, regardless of where it’s from, we throw it in."

The EP's final track, “Mind Javelin,” is the project's wild card and a fitting last long.  “I thought it would be cool to put some hip hop influence in rock music,” said Borrego. For this track, they brought in the producer SinSerious who laid down smooth rap tracks over funky bass lines, light drums and groovy keyboard melodies.

Though they're still a burgeoning band, this EP proves that they're starting off in a great direction, with their heads held high as they blaze a trail for their unique, genre-blending sound. Paisano’s official album release party is tonight, Dec. 16, at Bottom of the Hill. Doors open at 8:00 p.m., music starts at 8:30 p.m.. Tickets can purchased here.
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