In the midst of a six-stop tour to promote their second album, Smoking in Heaven, San Francisco was Kitty, Daisy & Lewis‘ last U.S. stop before the trio embarks on a series of shows in Ireland. The small scale of their tour is indicative of the band’s still-underground status — but personally, I hope they stay that way. Kitty, Daisy & Lewis are somewhat of an enigma, proof that musical talent may be part nature, part nurture. They’re each bred with husky, lilting voices, and are uniquely multi-instrumentalists: between the three of them, they interchangeably play guitar, banjo, harmonica, drums, xylophone, bass, ukelele, trombone, piano, and accordion. Moreover, their wide exploration into roots rock, blues, and swing hasn’t compromised their authenticity, but rather has confirmed it.
So you see why I’m protective. And as another photographer at the gig stated, their musical talent aside, they are an extremely visual band. Kitty wore subtle pink, Daisy was in a white sailor jumper with six inch heels, and Lewis seduced in black. Their hair was effortlessly coiffed, their clothes were the thrift shop’s best. Kitty ripped apart the stage during “Going Up the Country”, cradling her harmonica while switching to vocals in the same breath. Daisy manned the xylophone during “(Baby) Hold Me Tight”, decisively hitting each note of the song’s characteristic tune, and Lewis’ performance of “Don’t Make a Fool Out of Me” was one of the show’s best.
Check out the photos from the band’s SF performance — but more importantly, keep your eye out for more from Kitty, Daisy & Lewis.