Tuesday, February 19, 2013

San Cisco Live Review (Turner Hall February 8th)

San Cisco, have had little time since emerging from Fremantle, Western Australia just a few years ago. Jordi Davieson (lead vocals,guitar), Josh Biondillo (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Nick Gardner (bass) and Scarelett Stevens (drums) were just nearly out of high school when they hit the music scene with their debut EP titled Golden Revolver. 

Being compared to acts like Vampire Weekend and Bright Eyes, the young musicians soon found themselves playing established gigs such as Big Day Out, Lunway, and a handful of local shows. In 2011 they were nominated for the "Unearthed K Award," also landing themselves at #7 for Triple J's Hottest 100 Countdown. Soon after, they headed back in the studio to record their follow-up: Awkward an EP which quickly gained momentum with the well-received first single of the same name, "Awkward." The EP continues to set the band apart from other acts, showcasing the groups eclectic mix of indie pop with "dashes of rock and slashes of synth."

With the success of selling out their first national tour, the band found themselves touring with The Vaccines who made a stop at Turner Hall Ballroom (Milwaukee, WI) on Friday, February 8th. The Vacciness had their work cut out for them with an opening act drawing in a considerable amount of attention.

Opening acts are often hit or miss, but I was pleasantly surprised to see a larger following in attendance, especially one who seemed to be there for San Cisco. Early on I overheard a few comparisons to the likes of Vampire Weekend (as mentioned earlier). The four piece took the stage around eight o'clock all in good spirits. With powerful vocals and catchy pop riffs, Jordi Biondillo took the reigns as a comfortable and confident frontman.

The band played the majority of their quickly growing catalog with songs like "Girls Do Cry" and "Golden Revolver." At one point Biondillo put down his guitar and picked up a tambourine for an entire song. The hit song, "Awkward" was a major crowd pleaser, with assistance on vocals from Scarlett Stevens, the track was also a fitting song to close the set. At times it was almost surreal and a bit surprising to hear screaming fans, almost like we were seeing the Beatles for the first time.

Overall, San Cisco not only can play their instruments, they really know how to work a crowd. There is an unmistakable and natural chemistry between the four, easily heard on both the album and live. San Cisco's dialed live show is a direct result of a young bands energetic, "electric mix of indie pop with folk undertones with a hint of synth." San Cisco are preparing a full lenth LP, in the works for release sometime this year. Until then, keep an eye out for upcoming shows near you availble on San Cisco's Facebook page or label site.

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