Date: December 9, 2013
City: San Francisco, CA
Venue: The Independent
Artist: American Authors
Opening Act(s): The Royal Concept, MisterWives
American Authors are a band from Brooklyn. Their song “Best Day of My Life” became a big hit and the theme song for MLB Fan Cave. I saw a portion of their set at Lollapalooza this year. I made sure to write their name down so that I could see them again if/when they came to San Francisco.
The sound on the vocals was too low at the beginning of the set. It was hard to hear lead singer, Zac Barnett’s voice. It got better after a couple of songs. Their music is very catchy and makes you want to clap along. They got the crowd to sing the “eh, eh, eh, eh, eh, eh, eh” part of “Ghost”. You can see this in one of their performances in North Carolina. After their set the guys hung out to meet fans, take photos and sign autographs.
The Royal Concept is a band from Sweden. Lead singer David Larson said they love San Francisco. He said the first time they played here was right after they had gotten a really bad review in Sweden, but their San Francisco show received a good review so The City is very special to them. I could see why they received that bad review in Sweden – the lead singer’s voice wasn’t consistent. Some songs were too electronic, but they all made you want to sway or bounce with the music.
MisterWives opened up the show. I had not heard of this New York band before. Their music was fun and dancey. The lead singer, Mandy Lee, has an interesting voice. It worked for most of their songs, but sounded a bit off during the slower songs. They did a cover of Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want To Have Fun”. While it was fun to hear this song, I didn’t feel that Mandy Lee’s voice was the right fit. Cyndi’s voice is very unique, I’m not sure anyone could cover this song well. You should check them out on SoundCloud.