Francisco Cream is a three-piece indie/alternative band from Kingston, Ontario. The group got together in late July of 2011, beginning with small shows in local venues and slowly working their way onto the music scene. Eventually they began opening for touring bands and winning Battle of the Bands-type events, such as the Supernova "Road to CMW" event that secured them a spot in Canadian Music Fest.
Foster Medeiros (percussion) and Bea Keeler (guitar and lead vocals) played together in Bea's basement for a a little over a year until they were joined by Holly Brown (bass and backing vocals). Foster's jazz-oriented drum fills combined with Bea's acoustic/folk background and Holly's 70s/80s influences creates a sound that has so far proved difficult to categorize and just as difficult to forget.
Foster is a self-taught drummer of 6 years whose influences--such as Milton Banana, Billy Cobham, and John Bonham--have opened him up to a wide range of styles, helping to shape his individual technique. Ironically, Foster never passed grade 9 music class due to his inability to read music.
Bea started singing soon after exiting the womb, and has continued to do so ever since. Her influences include Laura Marling for her lyrical skills and White Denim for their musical stylings, although growing up she was exposed and influenced greatly by her father's tastes in Blues and R&B. The name 'Francisco Cream' comes from Bea's cream-coloured, ill-tempered, half-Siamese cat Francis.
Holly has been involved in music almost as long as she's been involved in breathing. Her varied tastes (ranging alphabetically all the way from Arcade Fire to Xmal Deutschland) and somewhat vampiric aesthetic make her a not-obvious choice to round out the trio, yet a perfectly appropriate choice for the 2-part role of bassist/late-night website maintenance.
Band MembersHolly Brown, Bea Keeler, Foster Medeiros