“In the opening minute of their title track “Hot City” you get a good feel for what Festizio’s music really is. The initial crescendo of electronica draws you in before giving way to accompanying guitar riffs. The synth element in the music is always there to compliment, but never totally overtake, as it often does with the growing number of bands now incorporating a more electronic element to their sound… Muse popped into my mind early while listening to “Hot City,” and Li confirmed as much, along with mentioning bands like Radiohead and Massive Attack. But they also draw inspiration from a wide array of old and new alternative bands, as well as modern hip-hop. They have a varied appreciation that is indicative of a band that genuinely enjoys and studies the chosen medium for their art.”
"Taking aim at love and loss, Hot City shows a band growing from their self-titled debut... The moody electric wash is tight with structures that avoid lag or ostentatious solos. Festizio offers a heavy hand of late '80s New Age poised on melodic synths, catchy guitar hooks and quirky, heart-on-the-sleeve vocals. The song "Hard to Leave" has a conversational, unhurried rub with a nod to the Talking Heads. The song's background is hazily lit by distant, murmuring keyboards, rapping percussion and singer Keane Li's bold voice... Hot City is a cohesive sophomore release that showcases the group's affection toward edgy guitars, electronic flourishes and measured percussion. It's exciting to hear a band develop this much in only one album; Festizio has a sound that swells with potential."
“This San Francisco band has been around and kicking for quite a while. Those in the know have been enjoying songs such as the slow, soulfully driven “Beautiful” and peppier live favorite “Get Up” at venues such as Slim’s and Grant and Green in SF. Fans get into the groove while watching four accomplished young musicians come together to create a new type of “San Francisco sound.” In short: Festizio has been a well-kept musical secret for those in the Bay Area for several years... To be honest, I haven’t liked a local band this much since the year 2000 when I spent many a night down in LaLa watching Common Rotation (who were at that time known as 28 Orange Street) perform for packed bar crowds… Listening to Festizio — live or on CD — takes me back to some sort of youthful musical bliss place that inspires me to write poetry or learn how to play the piano. (Or, maybe ukulele… you know, because I’m quirky.)”
"Starting off with a mix of great bass riffs/solos, catchy effects driven guitars, in addition with front man Keane Li’s melodic vocals, provide a great mix of emotions. Slower songs like “Hot Blooded Bitch” bring reminiscent memories from bands like Bay Area natives Third Eye Blind, as well as vocal influences from Muse on the first track “Alive.” Rounding off with a piano-like ballad sounding like Coldplay, “Every Now and Again,” and a final surprising twist of acoustic guitar and orchestra background with their last track “One More Time.” The overall feel of the album includes a mix of melody, tempo, and sound as well as lyrical content that definitely sets Festizio apart."
“Electric guitar chirps, waves of notes and walls of fuzz maintain an intriguing bed for the other conventional instruments (drums and bass), but undoubtedly the guitar is the standout. "Turn Out the Lights" is a shiner that opens with scrubbing guitar and Li's conversational tone.”