SFist was blown away by Von Iva when they opened for Metric at the Great American Music Hall in late October. This all-female Bay area-based band doesn't need no stinkin' guitars -- just bass, drums & keys mixed with the loud, proud blues-gospel-soul vocals of foxy, feral front-woman Jillian Iva. Love the Yeah Yeah Yeah's? Love PJ Harvey? Love your rock to make your heart pound and your shoulders shimmy? These ladies have just what you're looking for.
Catch them live this Saturday at 12 Galaxies, opening for Bing Ji Ling. Doors open at 9pm and tickets are $10, available in advance here. Fresh off their video shoot for "Not Hot To Trot" [watch the video here], SFist tracked down bassist Elizabeth Davis-Simpson and vocalist Jillian Iva and asked them a few questions.
Describe Von Iva's sound for those who haven't heard you.
Elizabeth: Elements of disco & soul with the energy of rock. When we write music, it’s important to us that it gives you something that will make you want to dance, move, feel. It’s immediate. Emotional. Fun. Some influences: Devo, Sly and the Family Stone, old Tina Turner, Franz Ferdinand, The Gories.