Monday, June 14, 2010

San Angelo, TX Standard-Times Article

House of Fifi Dubois, rock band a good fit

BECCA NELSON SANKEY Special to the Standard-Times

SAN ANGELO, Texas — The downtown San Angelo shop House of Fifi Dubois and California groove-rock band Still Time are an unexpectedly appropriate match.

Still Time discovered its connection to San Angeloans last March, during a stop on their monthslong tour at Fiddlestrings Sports Bar and House of Fifi Dubois. They’ll return tonight for two performances at the latter venue.

San Angelo “is the place we had the best time and met the best people,” said lead singer Dan Curcio. “The thing is, we didn’t expect it at all. We didn’t know anything about San Angelo. We didn’t think it was going to be one of the best places out of a four-month tour.”

Still Time began making its mark on the music scene in 2004 playing in San Luis Obispo, Calif., music venues frequented by college students, according to the band’s website. They started touring the West Coast in 2006 and released their first album, “Stream of Consciousness,” the following year. “High Tide,” the single from that record, was No. 1 on St. Luis Obispo radio station New Rock 107.3 for more than seven weeks.

With the band’s second album — 2009’s “See America” — Still Time maintains its can’t-be-pigeonholed sound, described on its website as vocals and a blend of instruments reminiscent of artists such as Ben Harper, Van Morrison and Dave Matthews Band.

The tinge of vintage in the band’s music makes it a perfect fit for House of Fifi, said Toni Hunter, the downtown shop’s co-owner.

House of Fifi offers vintage furniture, décor items and clothing, as well as a large area for live music performances and intimate, comfortable seating for guests.

“The band has a really neat kind of old soul sense about them — Van Morrison mixed in with a little of the new, and that fit our venue,” Hunter said.

House of Fifi opened about two and a half years ago, Hunter said, and began offering the occasional live show about a year and a half ago.

“We maybe do two or three (shows) a month,” Hunter said. “We look for people that are interesting, that give San Angelo a little something different.”

And Still Time is a band that prides itself on offering listeners a unique sound — even if it’s just from one track to the next, Curcio said.

“We’re tired of music where, when you buy an album, every song sounds exactly the same,” he said. “We’re wanting our songs to be completely different” from each other.

In an effort to capture different emotions for each song, Curcio did much of his songwriting for “See America” in unexpected places everywhere from an empty mansion to an abandoned boxcar.

“I spend a lot of time and thought on the lyrics, and I think it connects well with a lot of different people,” Curcio said. “It’s one of the common threads throughout the songs that give it a unique style.”

San Angelo, for its part, seemed to enjoy that eclectic style the last time Still Time visited.

“We had the (Downtown San Angelo) Art Walk the night they were here,” Hunter said. “People would just come in and sit and go, ‘Wow.’”

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