Things I associate with San Cisco: bright catchy hooks, indie pop anthems that you have to dance to when listening, teenage years spent fangirling and a Vodafone ad featuring their 2012 track “Awkward” that I would show to people when they asked who San Cisco were.
“Awkward” was a track that stuck in your head for days, and while it may have been catchy, many found the song irritating; San Cisco have proved the development in their sound by creating hooks that are stuck in your head for all of the right reasons.
The four-piece from Fremantle, Western Australia, formed in 2009 under the name King George, a fun fact for those that were unaware. In 2012, they released their debut self-titled album, and have since released Gracetown in 2015, featuring tracks “Too Much Time Together” and “RUN” which had an oddly entertaining music clip to accompany it.
Two years since their last album, Jordi, Scarlett, Josh and Nick have returned with The Water, a ten-track album encompassing the shifting sound of San Cisco.
Photo by Ebony Talijancich
An obvious difference between their last albums and The Water upon listening is the influence of experimenting with electronica and synth sounds, listen to the beginning of “The Distance” and “Make Me Electrify” and you’ll understand the change. Something I was hoping to hear more of was drummer Scarlett Stevens’ vocals, accompanying Jordi’s, the lead singer. In Gracetown we heard a lot more from Stevens and I think it’s a missed opportunity on the new album. In saying that, I already have a few favourites on the album, and think the band have made a good progression. For me, “Sunrise” and “The Distance” are standouts, they include an element of familiarity to their older music while providing a fresh take.
THROWBACK: Opus interview with San Cisco’s Jordi (NOVEMBER 2016)
Earlier in the year the band gave us “Hey, Did I Do You Wrong?” which features on the album, along with the disco track “SloMo” released last year. San Cisco recently performed at Triple J’s One Night Stand and are heading out on a national tour this month, including an appearance at Splendour In The Grass. Supporting the indie pop quartet is the talented Thelma Plum, playing at their Newcastle show June 4th.
The Water shows interesting changes for the much-loved band as they incorporate a subtle electronic style into their bright catchy hooks. In the future, I would love to hear more from Stevens, but for now, am happy singing along to Jordi’s distinct vocals. It’s been incredible to watch them develop from the youthful nervous indie sound on Golden Revolver, their first EP in 2011, to now, their third album and hopefully not the last. San Cisco are still pumping out the indie pop anthems and show no sign of slowing down.
Story image by Ebony Talijancich.