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San Cisco
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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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Friday 17th July

San Cisco

Settlers Tavern, Margaret River

Saturday 18th July

San Cisco + Grrl Pal

Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, Bunbury

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, Wooyung

Friday 2nd October

Caloundra Music Festival feat.
Xavier Rudd & The United Nations + Angus & Julia Stone + Ben Lee + Hoodoo Gurus + Ash Grunwald + San Cisco + Baby Animals + Thundamentals + Blue King Brown + Kate Ceberano + Joe Camilleri + Brian Cadd + Ross Wilson + Wilbur Wilde + The Badloves + JJ Grey & Mofro + Dynamic Hepnotics + Frank Yamma + Katchafire + Larry Braggs Soul Club + Josh Pyke + The Beards + Melbourne Ska Orchestra + Pseudo Echo + Meg Mac + Diesel n' Dub + Abbe May + Watussi + Mojo Juju + Sahara Beck + more + Caloundra Music Festival

Kings Beach, Kings Beach

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

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