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San Cisco
- San Cisco

That happy-go-lucky enthusiasm hasn’t been developed within this album and unfortunately that energy and sweetness is really what it needs.

Nov 16th 2012 | Label: Abstract Dragon/Cooperative
San Cisco forged a name for themselves last year with their catchy sing-song track Awkward, a witty, cute and simple indie-pop song which showcased definite promise in the young band. Back this month with their self-titled album, the lines between simple and boring have been blurred and the band have delivered a rather lacklustre debut.

There isn't anything overtly bad about this album; it's just that there's nothing particularly exciting about it either. In tracks like Fred Astaire, lyrics that are quite charming on their own sound jarring and rough when put to music. Jordi Davieson's distinctive voice fails at times to deliver the right emotional response and Scarlett Stevens' vocals aren't utilised nearly enough, creating a repetitiveness early in the album that sticks until the end.

There are some highlights on San Cisco – opener Beach embodies that playfulness present on their first EP and their single Wild Things' refreshing, attractive melody echoes the talent and promise of this band. However, the tracks are noticeably weaker than Awkward or Rocket Ship, and fail to completely lift the monotony of the album.

For a band that delivers great live shows, the key problem on this album is the translation from live performance to recorded track. The energy and fervor present in San Cisco's shows often makes up for the sometimes repetitive, naïve musicianship of such a young band. That happy-go-lucky enthusiasm hasn't been developed within this album and unfortunately that energy and sweetness is really what it needs.

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Saturday 3rd October

Caloundra Music Festival feat.
Xavier Rudd & The United Nations + San Cisco + Josh Pyke + Meg Mac + Ash Grunwald + Abbe May + Watussi + Matt Stillert + The Badloves + Lime Cordiale + Band of Frequencies + Alex Crook + George Porter & The Runnin Pardners + Back Alley Cats + George & Noriko + David Flower Band + Melbourne Ska Orchestra + Sahara Beck + Andrea Kirwin + The Perries + Larry Braggs Soul Club + Yamini + The Kitty Kats + Emma Beau + Andy Jans-Brown + Cozmic + Funk Majestic + Dear WIllow + Diana Anaid + Jason Daniels + Mustered Courage + more + Caloundra Music Festival

Kings Beach, Kings Beach

Monday 12th October

The Seed Fund Inaugural Fundraiser feat.
John Butler + Paul Kelly + Missy Higgins + San Cisco + Emma Louise + Zan Rowe

Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne

Sunday 18th October

Memory Lane Festival 2015 feat.
San Cisco + Stonefield + Patrick James + Zefereli + Bear In A Man Suit + Plebeian Groove + Withernecks

Port Central, Port Macquarie

Thursday 29th October

San Cisco

Art Gallery Of Western Australia, Perth

Tuesday 29th December

Beyond The Valley feat.
Boys Noize + Crooked Colours + Dom Dolla + Doorly + Finnebassen + Flight Facilities + George Maple + Ivan Ooze + Jakubi + Jamie xx + Joy. + The Jungle Giants + The Kite String Tangle + Last Dinosaurs + Lovebirds + Miami Horror + Northeast Party House + Odd Mob + Oscar Key Sung + Pusha T + Remi + RL Grime + The Rubens + San Cisco + Set Mo + Snakehips + Spacey Space + Ta-ku + Tkay Maidza + Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs + Touch Sensitive + UV Boi + Yung Lean + more + Beyond The Valley

Lardner Park, Lardner

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