June 6 2014
Yesterday evening, 88Nine welcomed local duo Vic and Gab to the Radio Milwaukee stage for the debut of our 414 Music Live series. Drawing a packed house, sisters Victoriah and Hannah Gabriela wowed listeners with their rare brand of contemporary alt-pop. During their performance, Vic and Gab showed off their lush yet playful voices that blend together effortlessly and attract a wide variety of listeners. They started their set with song “Call Me When You Can Be You,” and their subtle ability to compliment the unique elements of each other’s voices was breathtaking. However, the two are equal parts vocally gifted and expert instrumentalists. With Vic on the electric guitar, Gab on a striking mint green bass and sometimes a keyboard, and Jesus on the drums, the small group accomplishes the work of a 5-member band with just 3.
Aside from their musical talents, the duo’s humble, laid-back attitudes made their show all the more exceptional. In between songs, they engaged in candid conversation about being on the road, telling hilarious stories about playing in a tough Pittsburgh bar and crashing in a “drug house” during the South by Southwest music festival. The sisters’ banter got huge belly laughs from the crowd, which is something you don’t get to enjoy at most concerts.
Originally from Texas, Vic and Gab describe their recent album Love of Mine as a symbolic departure from the melancholy music they made while dealing with “the drama of El Paso.” With this record, they wanted to make people “dance and be happy,” and have reaped the rewards of their smile-inducing tunes. During the show, they treated the enthusiastic crowd to a special remix of one of their most recognized songs, “So Long, So Tired,” which incorporated a beguiling synth line that had people grooving in their seats.
Vic and Gab’s visible hard work and authenticity shed light on what it means to be an artist in today’s ever-changing world of music. Their infectious music and personal charm make them one of Milwaukee’s most promising acts, and by the end of the show, the crowd was calling out for “one more song.” All in all, Vic and Gab provided the perfect kick-off for 414 Music Live. Thank you to all who came out to show support!