Skip to main content

Album Reviews


Music > Album Review


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.

Comments

Dates

Wednesday 6th May

San Cisco + I Know Leopard

Charles Sturt University, North Wagga

Thursday 7th May

San Cisco + I Know Leopard

Charles Sturt University, Bathurst

Saturday 9th May

Groovin' The Moo feat.
A$AP Ferg + Ball Park Music + Broods + Carmada + Charli XCX + The Delta Riggs + DMA's + Flight Facilities + Hermitude + Hilltop Hoods + Hot Dub Time Machine + Meg Mac + Northlane + One Day + Peace + Peaches + The Preatures + RL Grime + San Cisco + Saskwatch + Sticky Fingers + Tkay Maidza + Wolfmother + You Me At Six + more + Groovin The Moo

Maitland Showgrounds, South Maitland

Sunday 10th May

Groovin' The Moo feat.
A$AP Ferg + Ball Park Music + Broods + Carmada + Charli XCX + The Delta Riggs + DMA's + Flight Facilities + Hermitude + Hilltop Hoods + Hot Dub Time Machine + Meg Mac + Northlane + One Day + Peace + Peaches + The Preatures + RL Grime + San Cisco + Saskwatch + Sticky Fingers + Tkay Maidza + Wolfmother + You Me At Six + more + Groovin The Moo

Townsville Cricket Grounds, Annandale

Thursday 14th May

San Cisco + Crooked Colours + Methyl Ethel

Solbar, Maroochydore

Friday 15th May

San Cisco + Crooked Colours + Methyl Ethel

Coolangatta Hotel, Coolangatta

Saturday 16th May

San Cisco + Crooked Colours + Methyl Ethel

The Triffid, Newstead

Sunday 17th May

San Cisco + Crooked Colours + Methyl Ethel

The Triffid, Newstead

Wednesday 20th May

San Cisco + Crooked Colours + Methyl Ethel

Club 54, Launceston

Thursday 21st May

San Cisco + Crooked Colours + Methyl Ethel

Hellenic Hall, North Hobart

Friday 22nd May

San Cisco + Crooked Colours + Methyl Ethel

170 Russell, Melbourne

Saturday 23rd May

San Cisco + Crooked Colours + Methyl Ethel

Max Watt's House Of Music, Melbourne

Sunday 24th May

San Cisco + Crooked Colours + Methyl Ethel

170 Russell, Melbourne

Friday 29th May

San Cisco + Crooked Colours + Methyl Ethel

Uni Bar, Wollongong

Saturday 30th May

San Cisco + Crooked Colours + Methyl Ethel

Enmore Theatre, Newtown

Friday 24th July

Splendour In The Grass feat.
Blur + Florence & The Machine + Mark Ronson + Of Monsters & Men + The Wombats + Tame Impala + Peking Duk + Ryan Adams + Flight Facilities + Royal Blood + Death Cab For Cutie + Earl Sweatshirt + Boy & Bear + Porter Robinson + The Dandy Warhols + Xavier Rudd & The United Nations + Azealia Banks + The Rubens + Jamie T + Pond + Spiritualized + Alison Wonderland + Thundamentals + Best Coast + Everything Everything + San Cisco + MS MR + Jarryd James + Purity Ring + Allday + Carmada + The Grates + The Smith Street Band + Tkay Maidza + Johnny Marr + Last Dinosaurs + Megan Washington + The Vaccines + #1 Dads + The Church + Kitty + Daisy & Lewis + King Khan & BBQ Show + Alpine + Catfish & the Bottlemen + Paul Mac + Dustin Tebbutt + Mo (artist) + Years & Years + Jenny Lewis + CW Stoneking + Seekae + George Maple + Elliphant + Client Liaison + Palma Violets + Safia + Hayden James + Dune Rats + Wolf Alice + Meg Mac + Cosmo's Midnight + Marmozets + Oh Mercy + Mansionair + The Districts + Shlohmo + Elizabeth Rose + The Delta Riggs + Circa Waves + Nancy Whang + Eves The Behavior + Urban Cone + Art Of Sleeping + Japanese Wallpaper + Bad//Dreems + Ecca Vandal + Holy Holy + UV B

North Byron Parklands, Ocean Shores

Related Articles



Poster IT

Connect with The Music

Subscribe to Daily Newsletter