Dressed in matching shiny Scarlett red jackets with shirts underneath with mouths exposing big toothed grins on them, one didn’t know what to expect from the four-piece group, Vista Kicks, who hail from Sacramento, California and were the opening act for Royal Machines on the first of their two-night, sold-out Christmas shows at The Roxy on December 15. Maybe a rock parody or send-up of some sorts, but actually, it was an earnest, straight-ahead rock and indie set combining elements of funk with a melodic, tightly arranged and well-crafted set of tunes more often owed a nod to classical pop structures. Anchored by creamy, lush harmonies that seemed influenced by the Everly Brothers, Vista Kicks had something different to offer with their entire sound.
Though the songs performed off their self-produced debut album was funded through touring, merchandise sales and a pre-order campaign through Pledge fund, “Booty Shakers Ball,” and the self-produced six-song effort, “Chasing Waves,” tended to be a bit more middle of the road-ish than barn-storming rockers, but they are a talented and extremely likable band that had raucous energy to burn, got the barely-standing room crowd ready to party and raised the temperatures inside The Roxy to prime everyone for the rock juggernaut to follow, The Royal Machines. Vista Kicks really gave the performance their all and their animated and passionate stage show was one concertgoers will not soon forget. In 2018, Vista Kicks had a full and busy schedule on the road to ring in the new year. They will be performing on February 14 at The Troubadour. The Troubadour show will be the kick off to a Midwest and East Coast tour with a pit stop in Austin, TX for SXSW.