San Cisco had a pretty awesome 2011, releasing their highly praised debut EP ‘Golden Revolver’ and 2012 has kicked off pretty well too, releasing their second EP ‘Awkward’ with the title track finishing an incredible 7th in Triple Js hottest 100.
Needless to say, the Freemantle band have done pretty well for themselves. Whilst they fit the indie rock classification pretty well, San Cisco manage to mix each of their tracks up and create a pretty ecelectic sound compared to many other indie rockers.
Their biggest hit ‘Awkward’, uses a great call and response style of singing between drummer Scarlett Stevens and Jordi Davieson to give a pretty accurate detail of the teenage dating scene. It has to be the best indie duet going around, with the vocals and da-da-da-das really forming the core of the track, while the instrumentation is simple and effective in the background. A great track, so fun to listen to.
Off their debut EP, the title track ‘Golden Revolver’ is also pretty sweet. It has an amazing guitar riff that runs throughout the track, it just tickles my eardrums in all the right spots – I love it. The vocals by Davieson are husky and convey a fair bit of emotion in them, whilst the power of the multiple voices singing the chorus really conveys the annoyance with being left loveless. It has a really raw sound, and a great video clip to match (below).
San Cisco also include a cover track on each of their EPs, according to Davieson ‘It’s kinda our thing’, and the ‘Solitude is Bliss’ and ’505′ (Arctic Monkeys) also allows the band to pay homage to some of their influences. ‘Solitude is Bliss’ is an awesome stripped back take on the Tame Impala track, the use of the cow bells and tambourine add an eclectic feel to the psychedelic track.
In fact my only real criticism of San Cisco isn’t really their fault, but Triple Js. Now Triple J have done great things for them, but at the same time they are flogging airplay for ‘Awkward’ so hard, I don’t know how much more I can handle, and some our other friends agree. It is like they are the Australian equivalent of Lana Del Rey, which Triple J did flog till she was dead and decided to cancel her shows (not purely coincidence!).
Anyway, in light of the above comments, I will leave you with the title track off their debut EP, ‘Golden Revolver’ which you can still download for free of their unearthed page – Enjoy…